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FAQ Topic: Coronavirus

What’s open in Massachusetts Phase 1

We are in PHASE 1: START Opened May 18: Essential Businesses & Services Construction  Manufacturing Outdoor Spaces Places of Worship Limited Health and Human services will begin to reopen – details here Opened May 25 Beaches, with activity restrictions Car Washes Drive-in Movie Theaters Hair Salons and Barbershops Laboratories Libraries, curbside only Office Spaces (employers … Continued

How do I wear a mask safely?

How to wear a mask safely outdoors (Video) What constitutes a face covering?  Face covering may include masks, scarves, or bandanas. When do you need to wear a face covering?  Inside businesses, workplaces, public transportation, or other public spaces where social distancing cannot be adhered to.

Can I volunteer?

If you are a health care worker looking to volunteer your services, Massachusetts has developed a portal to link volunteers with emergency Covid-19 health care sites. Locally, Meals on Wheels is in constant need of drivers to deliver meals to those who cannot leave their homes at this time. Western Mass Mutual Aid will link … Continued

Where can I donate PPE?

PPE Donations can be delivered to the main entrance of Holyoke Medical Center, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you call 413.534.2500 when you arrive, a team member will go out to your car to collect the donation from you. Learn more If you would like to donate homemade masks or other … Continued

Where can I donate funds?

There are many ways to donate at this time. Check with your local organizations for specific needs that you can support or donate to the Covid-19 Response Fund for Western Mass being coordinated by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts the Massachusetts Covid-19 Relief Fund organized by the Office of the Governor.  

How can I get fresh food from local farms?

Massachusetts Food Delivery is a collaboration of farms which have a wide range of products and produce available for delivery. The Holyoke Farmer’s market is planning to return in May at Veteran’s park with social distancing measures strictly enforced. CISA has a listing of other local farms and food sources which remain available to area … Continued

Where can I access free meals?

Holyoke Public School Grab & Go food program: https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/families/cafeteria-menu/ Holyoke Boys & Girls Club dinner program: Monday through Friday from 5pm – 630pm. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts: https://www.foodbankwma.org/ Kate’s Kitchen: http://www.provministries.org/locations/kates-kitchen/ Massachusetts has developed a Resource Map which includes food banks and distribution sites along with other services available in each community.

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