What measures will be taken to create a safe environment for people?

The Moderator has been working with a local logistics team regarding safety issues since March. The Fire Chief, who serves as the Emergency Management Director, and the Health Director have been on this team, which consulted with the Board of Health, and regional and state experts. The plan the team has prepared is extensive and includes the following measures:

  1. All staff will be certified prior to entrance. 

  2. Signage will be available, asking that anyone who has a fever or other symptoms or exposure to anyone with symptoms should stay home. 

  3. Physical distancing of 10’ spacing between all participants.

  4. Masks/face coverings will be required and provided for those who do not have them.

  5. People who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability are exempt from this requirement and will be accommodated in a dedicated seating location.

  6. Check-in desk staff will be split in two locations to reduce clustering of participants waiting in physically distanced lines.

  7. Check-in staff will wear masks. 

  8. Plexiglass dividers will be in place at check-in.

  9. Staff wearing brightly colored vests will greet you and direct you to seating. 

  10. Seats for people who have been in the same household are closer together. 

  11. Aisles (15’) will be one direction. All foot traffic will be one way at all times. Traffic flow patterns will be indicated.

  12. All seats, materials, implements and venue will be properly sanitized before the meeting.

  13. You will be asked to remain in your seats and area at all times except to speak, utilize a restroom, or exit the venue. 

  14. Coolers with bottles of water will be available. Please plan to bring additional water.

  15. Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available

  16. No small gatherings of non-household members will be allowed.

  17. Microphones will have foam coverings that will be replaced after every speaker.

  18. We ask that participants avoid touching the microphone or stands, but if that happens, we will have a staff member clean them immediately after. 

  19. After adjournment, dismissal will be by row, to enable participants to keep physically distant while leaving Town Meeting.

  20. Bug-spray will be provided.

  21. A cooling-tent for anyone who needs relief will be available.

  22. EMTs will be onsite.  

  23. Porta-potties will be on site. Restrooms in the High School will have a single person limit. Sanitizer will be available before the entry.

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1. Can we have a town meeting?
2. How did the date get chosen for June 23?
3. Have the numbers declined?
4. Why is this outside?
5. What measures will be taken to create a safe environment for people?
6. Should anyone stay home?
7. If I work in healthcare, may I participate?
8. How do we get in?
9. What are the procedures for check-in?
10. May I sit wherever I want?
11. Can I bring my own chair or blanket?
12. Will the area be accessible?
13. What restroom facilities are available?
14. May I leave whenever I want?
15. May I bring children?
16. May I bring my dog/pet?
17. Can you take everyone’s temperature?
18. What public health guidance is the Town following?
19. What have you done to make sure everyone can hear?
20. Will visual aids be used?
21. Will there be an opportunity to learn more about the warrant articles?
22. Can we deliberate as we normally do?
23. What will the microphone set-up be like?
24. Will the meeting be long?
25. Why not have the meeting in July?
26. Can this be online?
27. Can’t we vote on articles by a ballot?
28. Are other towns having town meetings?
29. What other sites were considered?
30. Why couldn’t we have a drive-in Town Meeting?
31. Will there be a visitors’ section?
32. What will we do if it rains?
33. Can we distribute literature or hold signs?