COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Gardner

  • A video update from Mayor Nicholson is available on YouTube.  .
  • The City has added a Reopening Massachusetts page to the COVID resources information.
  • Gardner Public Schools will be closed until January 24th.
  • Information on the COVID-19 relief fund for Individual Artists by Mass Cultural Council has been added to the Economic Development COVID Business Resource page.
  • Baker-Polito Administration Announces Additional Measures to Reduce Crowding at State Parks.
  • A listing of Small Business Resources has been compiled by the Economic Development Coordinator and can be found on this page.
  • The Montachusett Public Health Network announces a COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-968-3323 for questions related to COVID-19.
  • City of Gardner issues a Declaration of Emergency
  • MART Announces Services Changes  Please check their website for the most up to date information.
  1. Recent City Announcements
  • City Hall is currently closed to the public. 
  • Phase 3 Step 1 begins on July 6.  Businesses include fitness centers, museums, movie theaters, performance venues, and casinos.  More information can be found on the Reopening Massachusetts website.
  • Phase 2 Step 2 began Monday June 22nd.
  • The Fire Department will resume inspectional services on June 23rd.  Please review the COVID-19 Policy for the FD.
  • As of June 8 - Step 1 of Phase 2 begins.  As part of this step, the City playgrounds have reopened. There is no date for Step 2 of Phase 2 as of yet.  For more information, please visit ouReopening Mass webpage.
  • Public COVID Testing @ Gardner Community Health Center. No Appointment needed. Monday-Friday 9-12 & 1-4 pm.  Please bring photo ID and your insurance card.
  • The Levi Heywood Memorial Library will reopen on Monday, June 1st for curbside pick-up of materials by appointment only. Please call the Library at 978 632-5298 or check the Library website for details.
  • The City of Gardner Department of Community Development and Planning through their Community Development Block Grant Program is working to develop a Microenterprise, Small Business Covid-19 Relief Assistance Grant Program in an effort to assist eligible businesses with relief funding as part of this program. Your participation in our Gardner Small Business Owners Survey will help to assess our business community need and potential business eligibility for this program.

Massachusetts Information and Updates

  • Effective Sunday, December 13, all communities in Massachusetts will return to Step 1 of Phase 3, of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. This will reduce indoor capacities across a broad range of sectors of the economy and tighten several other workplace restrictions. The Administration announced the roll-back to respond to an increase in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations since the Thanksgiving holiday that is straining the health care system in Massachusetts. Order No. 58
  • The Baker-Polito Administration announced on November 2nd, a series of targeted measures including a revised stay at home advisory in order to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Order No. 53
  • Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Initiatives to stop spread of COVID-19. Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Reopening process has been postponed indefinitely.  Effective August 11, the maximum outdoor gathering is reduced from 100 to 50, for both public and private gatherings.
  • Massachusetts Travel Order takes effect on August 1, 2020.  All visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home, including students returning to campuses for the fall semester, must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts, or they are included in one of the other, limited exemptions.

    Traveler exemptions include people coming from a lower-risk state, people passing through the state, people commuting across state lines for work, people traveling to Massachusetts for medical treatment, people complying with military orders, or people traveling to work in federally designated critical infrastructure sectors (essential services).
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  • Baker-Polito Administration’s Announcement of $20 Million in Rental and Mortgage Assistance for Households Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic. The program is administered locally by the Central Mass Housing Alliance or RCAP Solutions in Worcester.
  • Reopening Massachusetts - The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
  • Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. mask Opens in new window
  • Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative 
    • Phone calls will use the prefix 833 and 857 and your phone will say the call is from “MA COVID Team.”
    • Your information is strictly confidential and will be treated as the private medical record it is.  Community Tracing
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