Town offices, libraries closed to the public

Mar 16, 2020

Update: Town Hall will now be closed to the public until March 23.

Due to new restrictions put in place by Governor Charlie Baker in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dartmouth Town Hall, town libraries and other offices such as the Department of Public Works will be closed to the public starting today.

Town Administrator Shawn MacInnes confirmed Town Hall will be closed to public access through March 18, while Administrative Assistant at the DPW Jennifer Kite released a statement noting that the DPW offices will be closed to the public “until further notice.”

Solid waste and recycling pick up are still on schedule, as are the transfer station and leaf compost areas.

Director of Libraries Lynne Antunes confirmed that the town’s libraries are also closed “indefinitely,” although she noted that staff will still be coming in to work on projects and answer phones.

Library staff had previously been provided gloves to work at the desk, and hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout both the Southworth Library and the new North Branch library buildings.

As for how long the libraries will be closed, Antunes said, “we’ll have to see.”

According to the Select Board office, as of Monday morning no committee meetings are canceled yet. However, town officials are meeting today to decide on further action.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.