Corona Response

The City of Holyoke, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Federal Government are all operating under a State of Emergency.

UPDATED: 3/15/2020 – Information is rapidly changing, the City of Holyoke will update this post as new and relevant information becomes available.

The City of Holyoke is doing everything in its power to protect our City from the most drastic consequences associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. For the most current news and announcements CLICK HERE

Holyoke Public Schools: Closed for two weeks. All school-related activities and events are canceled during the closure. Students will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch at the front doors of Donahue, Holyoke High School North, Kelly, Lawrence, and Sullivan Schools from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

City Hall & City Annex: Closed to all public walk-in traffic.

Members of the Public seeking City Hall assistance are asked to contact (by phone or email) departments with requests. The City offers many of its services online at www.holyoke.org, or can easily fulfill requests petitioned via phone call or email.

Holyoke Senior Center: Core services only

Holyoke Public Library: Closed 

Wistariahurst: Closed

HG&E: Open to the public, but customers are encouraged to take advantage of online transactions.

Holyoke Housing Authority: Public visits have been curtailed to administrative offices, please schedule appointments before visiting. 

Parks: All sporting and other events are canceled until further notice. Permits will not be issued. Community Field will not be staffed, and the bathrooms will remain closed. The public is discouraged from visiting park facilities.

City Council: All business suspended indefinitely 

Non-essential City Boards and Commissions: Public meetings suspended until further notice 

General inquiries regarding Covid-19 in the City of Holyoke may be directed to coronaresponse@holyoke.org

How can I protect myself and others?

Optimal protection from COVID-19 is the same as protecting yourself from other respiratory illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. The virus is most commonly transmitted outside the healthcare setting by someone touching their eyes, nose and/or mouth after touching a surface an infected person has coughed/sneezed on. Face masks are unlikely to help decrease this mode of transmission.
  3. Wash you hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (learn the chorus to your favorite song and sing it while you wash)! Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available or any of the approved Coronavirus disinfectants
  4. Cover your coughs and sneezes, throw tissues immediately into a lined trashcan and wash your hands.
  5. If you think you have COVID-19, contact your health care provider or hospital prior to arrival.
  6. If community-spread occurs, you may be asked to stay at home for up to 14 days from the onset of your illness. Try to think ahead and ensure you have/have ways to get medication and food during this time.
  7. Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine risk so you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as the World Health Organization or a local or state public health agency.

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Last Updated on March 15, 2020 by