Coronavirus Information

Governor Baker’s Reopening Plan

On May 18 Governor Baker released a report providing some detail about how businesses and other entities in Massachusetts will be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks and months.  Residents and Businesses are encouraged to visit the following webpage with links to the various State provided reopening standards and guidelines - Reopening Massachusetts.

Governor Baker’s Face Covering Order

Effective May 6,2020, Governor Baker issued an order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public places. Further guidance has been issued by the Department of Public Health pursuant to that Order to further clarify who is required to wear face coverings or masks and any exceptions.

Any person who is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, when unable to maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person, shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering. This order applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.

Face coverings are required at all times when:
 Inside or waiting in line outside of grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores;
 Providing or using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing, or similar service;
 On any form of public transit, including train or bus; and
 In an enclosed or semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area.


Resources to help answer common questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak

Here are links to some questions and answers regarding COVID-19

If your question is not addressed here, please submit it below. 

Submit a COVID-19 question

Do you have a question about COVID-19.  Click the image below to access the form

COVID question link

COVID-19 Information Flyers with Tips and FAQ’s from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in various languages:


English            Spanish          Chinese          Portuguese          Haitian-Creole          Vietnamese

Board of Health Announcements

School and Town Notices

Additional Links

COVID related death’s in Canton

Due to recent inquiries from the public, we have decided to publish the total number of deaths due to the Coronavirus in Canton.  Out of respect for those who have lost loved ones and are still grieving, only the total number of deaths reported to us by the Department of Public Health (DPH)  will be posted on the Town’s COVID page on Friday of each week.  The exact number of deaths is difficult to report because although COVID19 may have been a factor in a reported death, it may have not been identified as the primary reason.  These deaths may not be reflected in the numbers reported by DPH.  As of May 22, 2020 the Department of Public Health reports 35 deaths in Canton. The number of COVID19 related deaths being reported in Norfolk County is 759.  It is important that everyone regardless of age or health condition take maximum precautions. This includes social distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask in public, monitoring your own health and staying home if you’re sick  For more information on statistics on COVID19 please visit the DPH Dashboard also posted on the town website: Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID19 Dashboard

Massachusetts Nursing Home Family Resource Line

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the launch of the Nursing Home Family Resource Line – a dedicated phone line to connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This new phone line provides one central contact for families and community members who have questions about the nursing home or rest home care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

The Nursing Home Family Resource Line is staffed from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, seven days a week. Staff will field questions on a range of topics and coordinate across state agencies to help provide answers.

Massachusetts Nursing Home Family Resource Line: 617-660-5399
Open Every Day - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Governor Baker Orders All Non-Essential Businesses to Cease In Person Operation and Stay at Home Advisory

The Governor has ordered that all non-essential businesses cease in person operation beginning on March 24th at noon.  Please see the Governor’s press release for more information. 

Closure of Town Offices to the Public

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in an abundance of caution, Town offices will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice.  The offices are operating on an essential basis with minimum staff.  The public is encouraged to use phone, email, and on line services.  Please use the website for contact information on various departments.  For drop off of any essential physical materials, there will be a drop box located inside the vestibule at the Sherman Street side entrance.  The drop box will be available Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Governor Baker’s Order

March 16, 2020 -  Governor Baker has issued an order prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 people and on-premises consumption of food or drink.  Please follow the link to read the order.  Governor Baker’s Order

March 18, 2020 - Governor Baker has issued an order to temporary close child care facilities.  Please follow the link to read the complete order.  Child Care Order

Board of Selectmen COVID-19 update

March 19, 2020  - This is to inform you of the Town’s response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The Canton Board of Selectmen has voted to declare that a State of Emergency exists in Canton, as have many of our neighboring towns. The Board of Health Public Health Nurse has been actively fielding calls, email and requests for information. She is working closely with the Fire, Police, Building Inspections, the Counsel on Aging and DPW to ensure they have proper procedures in place to respond to calls safely. The Council On Aging has coordinated meal delivery and food shopping transportation and counseling from the Senior Center, which has been closed to the public but is staffed. All other Town buildings have been closed to the public as well, and are staffed with a skeleton crew of essential employees. The Pine St. recycling facility is also closed. Although buildings are closed, staff can be reached via our website citizen portal tool, via email which addresses are on each department’s web page, and via telephone. Police and Fire Staff are on duty 24/7. The Board of Selectmen has appointed a CV-19 Working Group to facilitate communication within the Town and with the public. The group includes Selectmen, School Committee and Board of Health members and administrative, inspectional, public safety and public works staff. For further information on the pandemic we urge you to watch for information on the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, the state Department of Public Health website, and the Town of Canton’s CoronaVirus Information Webpage.

Fake COVID-19 website

The Department of Public Health and the Cybersecurity Communication Center have detected a malicious site that is impersonating the John Hopkins University Global Case map.  Users should pay close attention to the website and not visit any site that contains corona-virus-map(.)com as this will infect your computer or device. 

Canton Public Library

The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to temporarily postpone all upcoming library programs through the month of March, as well as discontinue the use of our meeting spaces by large outside groups.    For additional information please visit the Library Website at https://library.canton.ma.us

Council on Aging Office Closure

Beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020 the Senior Center will be closed to the public, indefinitely. Your COA Team will be working on and addressing the challenges we are currently facing, and will be able to answer your phone calls and work through issues that arise. At this time the Meals on Wheels Program and Take-Out Congregate Meals, Limited Transportation and Outreach Services will continue. This was not an easy decision, we care deeply about all of our members, and we will continue to be here to support you.

We also want to make sure you are aware that this has unfortunately become an opportunity for COVID-19 scams. The AG’s office warns that scammers may try to steal your money and information by sending phony communications via phone calls, emails and texts. If a stranger claiming to be an expert on coronavirus contacts you, ignore them

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of any assistance 781 828 1323.

COA Outreach

If there is someone in Canton that you are worried about, because they fall into any of these categories:

  • Lives alone
  • Lack access to resources due to financial constraints
  • Do not have a support system
  • Do not have transportation

Please contact Robin Tobin, Outreach Worker or Diane Tynan, Director at 781-828-1323 or email dtynan@town.canton.ma.us  Please know that all Town Departments, The Canton Food Pantry, HESSCO Elder Services and volunteers are working together during these trying times