Coronavirus Information

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Comprehensive Eviction Diversion Initiative To Keep People Safely Housed During Pandemic

On October 12th, Governor Baker announced the Eviction Diversion Initiative, which is a program to support tenants and landlords during the financial challenges caused by the pandemic.  Click here for more information on the program.  

COVID Webinar

The November 12 webinar recording is now available.  Please click here for the replay.  A transcript of the questions and answers can be found by clicking here.

 The October 8th webinar recording is now available.  Click here for the replay.  A transcription of the questions and answers can be found by clicking here.   

 Want to see the September COVID Webinar recording click here for the replay.  A transcript of the questions and answers can be found  by clicking here.


CDC Guidelines for Fall and Winter Holiday Celebration's

Please follow link for CDC guidelines for Fall and Winter Holiday Celebrations.  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html


COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most. MA-DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action. This effort will help MA-DPH a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on communities.  Everyone14 years old or older is encouraged to participate using this link: www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey 

Survey: www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey 

Attached materials: http://bit.ly/CCIS-Dissemination-Materials

FAQ document: FAQ document

Questions: covid19survey@mass.gov


Meals Available for Adult Individuals Living with a Disability

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MetroWest Aging and Disability Consortium partners now offer home delivered meals to individuals over age 18, living with a disability in the community. For Eligibility Information Contact an Aging and Disability Resource Consortium Partner BayPath Elder Services 508-573-7200. HESSCO 781-784-4944, or MetroWest Center for Independent Living 508-875-7853. Meals provided at no charge. Meals delivered to your home Monday through Friday. Funding for this service provided by the U.S. Administration for Community Living through COVID-19 response grant

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

Remote Learning Programs

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 October 23, 2020 the Department of Public Health reports 51 deaths in Canton.  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


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 is currently offering limited in person browsing, as well as curbside pickup services. Computer use is available by appointment only. A variety of virtual programs for adults and children can be found on the Library's event calendar. No in-person meetings or gatherings are possible at this time. For hours, and more detailed information about the services available, or to select an item to borrow from the online catalog, please check 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