All Goshen municipal buildings will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

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COVID-19 Booster shots are now available.

Individuals can check their COVID-19 booster eligibility by manufacturer and criteria.  As more information becomes available on booster vaccines for individuals who have received either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Massachusetts will provide updated information at the above listed website.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved onesThe Baker-Polito Administration has been working with pharmacies, local boards of health, and other health care providers, to ensure eligible residents will be able to access the Pfizer booster vaccines at hundreds of locations across the Commonwealth.  If you have questions about whether getting the booster is right for you, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider.

To view information on COVID-19 booster recommendations from the CDC, please click here.

Massachusetts residents will be able to receive COVID-19 booster doses from more than 460 locations, including over 450 retail pharmacies, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days.  Additionally, the Administration is finalizing plans with other health care providers, including some Regional Collaboratives and local boards of health and mobile providers for Massachusetts residents to receive their Pfizer COVID-19 booster.  These sites are expected to open in October.

If you are eligible, these steps will guide you to find a location for getting a COVID-19 booster:

  1. Go to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaxfinder for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster.  You can narrow the results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with some appointments available now.  Additional appointments are will come online in the coming days.  Many locations are booking appointments weeks in advance.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, call the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) at 211 and follow the prompts for assistance.  The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.

To protect the health and safety of all long-term care residents from COVID-19, all Massachusetts long term care facilities, including the two Soldiers’ Homes have been prioritized for Pfizer booster shots.  The Department of Public Health has been working with long-term care facilities and their pharmacy partners to ensure residents and staff receive COVID-19 booster doses onsite.

Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community. Fully vaccinated residents should receive a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible and as vaccines are authorized by the CDC.

The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free.  Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster.  Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination FAQs

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

Go to this link for all the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

The above page contains information on the following topics:

When you can get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Overview of COVID-19 Vaccination Phases
COVID-19 vaccine locations for individuals currently eligible to be vaccinated
MA COVID-19 Vaccination Report
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
About the MA COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group
Vaccine information from CDC

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Go to this link for all the Massachusetts COVID-19 Testing information & locations.

The above page contains information on the following topics:

Should I be tested?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
How do I know if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
Where can I get a test?
Is there a cost?
What do I do if my test is positive?
What are the different types of COVID-19 testing?
Is testing available in nursing homes?
Additional resources
Contact

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

The Hampshire County Local Boards of Health are aware that it has been extremely difficult for eligible individuals to access appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.  Go to our letter, Hampshire County Local Boards of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Information, to see specific information on vaccination sites in Northampton and Amherst.  These sites will be receiving an initial allocation of 1,000 doses per week and lists telephone numbers for those who are unable to register via computer.  Please note, it will still be difficult to secure an appointment until additional doses are allocated by the Federal Government.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Go to this link for all the Re-opening Massachusetts – Current Guidelines.

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts requirements change.  Check back regularly to see about updated restrictions.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Westfield Gas & Electric have partnered with some hilltowns to temporarily offer a high speed internet connection at a central location in each participating town.  This connection will offer speeds of up to 200 MBPS for up to 15 concurrent connections.  In Goshen, that Wi-Fi  connection has been installed at the Town Office building.  This connection will be available through June 30, 2021, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  The necessity for extending this access will be determined by the state towards the end of 2020.

When utilizing parking lot Wi-Fi, you must practice all current Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING (MassDPH Social Distancing Guidelines).

Goshen Town Office & Town Hall – Connect to either:

WhipCityFiber_Wifi  OR  WhipCityFiber_Wifi-5G

Park in the lot in front of the Town Office and along the side of the Town Hall.


In addition to public Wi-Fi availability in the parking lot next to the Goshen Town Hall & Town Office, the following schools in our area have provided Wi-Fi capabilities to the exterior of buildings.  This availability will continue until it is required internally at the schools.  Individual schools will be removed from this list when availability ends.

Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg – Connect to:  BURGY-Guest

Park along the curb in the front of the building.

Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton – Connect to: HRSD-Guest

Park along any side of the building, except for the back parking lot area.

New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield – Connect to: NHRES-Guest

Park along the sidewalk in FRONT of the school between the cafeteria door and the Pre-School entrance.

R.H. Conwell School in Worthington – Connect to: RHCCEC-Guest

Park along the curb in the front of the building.

Westhampton Elementary School – Connect to: WES-Guest

Park along the sidewalk directly in front of the school in between the main entrance and the corner of the building closest to the parking lot.

William E. Norris School in Southampton – Connect to: NORRIS-Guest

Park along the curb in the front of the building between the main office and the pre-school entry, or park in the spaces along Gunn Rd. Ext., or park directly behind the school closest to the art/music hallway entry at the far end of the parking lot.

 

Thinking about travelling for the holidays or visiting family and friends?

Go to this link for current Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order and Restrictions Currently in Effect.

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts requirements change.  Check back regularly to see about updated restrictions.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020 new measures take effect in Massachusetts in order disrupt the increasing trend of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas:

Summary of the new measures

Stay at home advisory changes

Early Closure of Businesses & Certain Activities

Revised order requiring in public places

Revised order further regulating gatherings in Massachusetts

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

These Hilltown CDC programs are available to residents of the Towns of Ashfield, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington.


The Hilltown Food Bucks Program offers coupons or “bucks” for low to moderate income families to use while shopping at select locations.   Information, application and a contact for this program can be found at:  Hilltown Food Bucks Information & Application.


The Hilltown Micro-Enterprise Relief Program  offers grants to business owners with 5 or less employees that have been negatively affected by COVID-19.  Information, application and a contact for this program can be found at:  Hilltown Micro-Enterprise Relief Program Information & Application.


For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

Hilltown Pantry, a program of Northampton Survival Center, is open for food distribution every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.

Residents of Goshen who are having difficulties accessing enough groceries for their household are welcome to use the pantry.

Free, prepacked bags of shelf-stable food items along with fresh produce, frozen meat, and dairy products are available for drive by pick up in the town hall parking lot.

Staff and volunteers wearing masks and gloves will load the food supplies into your car.   We ask that you stay in your car if possible and that you wear a mask when speaking with anyone.

If you wish to arrange for home delivery please contact Evelyn Culver at 413-268-3316.

Goshen residents may also, alternatively, choose to access food through the Northampton Survival Center’s temporary drive by pick up site at the Jackson Street School, 120 Jackson Street, Northampton from 12-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday every week.

For additional information click on this link to the Northampton Survival Center Home page.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Hotel/Motel & Short Term Rental restrictions: As part of the updated essential business list, DPH issued new guidance today around hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences.

Those found in violation of these restrictions may be fined $300 per day.

Click here for the full text of the restrictions issued by Massachusetts.

Pay particular attention to sections 2, 3a, 3b, & 4g.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

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