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Rockport announces reopening, Phase 1

May 14, 2020

Rockport — The Rockport Town Office will be reopening to customers Monday May 18, and will be open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The front counter will be open for all transactions. Residents also may speak with the code enforcement officer and apply for and receive permits while practicing social distancing. Various forms will continue to be available in the vestibule of the Town Office.

Customers can still perform many transactions online, by mail, email and by utilizing the drop box at the Town Office.

The following measures will be in place:

Three customers will be allowed in the lobby at one time.

Customers entering the building are required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth.

Customers must follow directional signs inside the lobby.

Customers must practice social distancing when waiting in line outside of the Town Office.

No customers can wait in the vestibule to allow space for exiting customers.

One customer per transaction, unless two are required for signatures.

Pens will be placed in a “used” container to be cleaned/disinfected before reuse The waiver of interest on personal property and real estate taxes has been extended for 30 days until June 16.

Rockport Harbor is open with some restrictions.

The public restrooms will remain closed.

No customers allowed in the Harbormaster’s Office. Customers needing to speak with the Harbormaster must call the office number or knock on the door.

Retail offerings will not be available to limit the interaction between staff and the public.

Visitors to the Harbor must practice social distancing.

Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings.

The Rockport Public Library will remain closed to patrons. Staff are developing a plan for curbside service and when patrons will be welcomed back inside. More details next week.

The Opera House will remain closed to performances and only used for town staff to facilitate livestream for remote meetings.

The Marge Jones Recreation Fields are open, but visitors must abide by the current Governor’s Orders in place including practicing social distancing and no gatherings of more than 10 people. The fields will be open in the morning and closed at dusk. Portable toilets will not be in place until after June 1 and then only if needed depending on activity levels.

Walker Park is open, but visitors must abide by the current Governor’s Orders in place including practicing social distancing and no gatherings of more than 10 people. Visitors should note that the playground equipment will not be cleaned or sanitized on a regular basis and should not be used. Portable toilets will not be in place until after June 1 and then only if needed depending on activity levels.

All other parks remain open for outdoor recreation, but visitors must abide by the current Governor’s current Orders including practicing social distancing and no gatherings of more than 10 people.

For more information, call the Town Office at 236-9648.

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