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Along with the Governor’s emergency orders, Wellesley has implemented many restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The situation is serious and demands a serious response. Everyone in our community must adhere to these restrictions to help keep all of us safe and healthy!We are urging the community to remain at home. All parks, playgrounds, playing fields, the Wellesley High School athletic complex and track are closed. The Wellesley College Campus is entirely closed to the public. All municipal buildings and schools are closed until May 4, 2020 or later. All meetings are taking place remotely and employees are working from home. Non-essential businesses are temporarily closed. Restaurants are open for take-out or delivery options ONLY. While grocery stores and pharmacies remain open for shoppers, many are limiting hours and offering early entrance time for senior citizens. Roche Bros. is asking residents to limit shoppers to one person per family if possible.The RDF has implemented new procedures for recycling and is limiting the numbers of users at a time. Residents are urged to plan RDF trips during non-peak days/times (M-F between 7 am and 10 am). Please keep trips as short as possible.
First and foremost, remain calm. PLEASE adhere to Town restrictions and encourage friends, family members - especially teens and young adults - to do the same. In order to protect our community, we all need to do our part!
All community events have been canceled or postponed. The Town Elections are postponed, Annual Town Meeting and the Special Town Meeting with Annual Town Meeting are postponed. Gatherings of ten or more people are prohibited, and the Town is urging residents to limit groups to family members only.All brick and mortar businesses are closed to customers and employees until May 4, 2020. Restaurants are open only for take-out or delivery.
The Health Department concurs with CDC recommendations that residents wear masks when they go out, no matter where they are going, and especially in areas and spaces where social distancing is difficult. Wearing a mask will help prevent spread of the disease as you or someone else may be carriers of infection without having symptoms or feeling ill.
If you choose not to wear a mask when walking in neighborhoods or while taking walks or running in permissible areas, then social distancing protocols should be followed: maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and the person nearest to you. If you are able to quickly and safely move to the side of the road or path while someone is passing close to you, please do so. The virus is spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. This is why the CDC is recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain - especially grocery stores and pharmacies - and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
The cloth face coverings can be made from household items such as scarves, bandanas, and even t-shirts. The CDC is not recommending surgical masks or N-95 respirators, as these critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
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Staying home as much as possible is the best way to stay safe and protect your health! If you must go out for essentials, you should cover your nose and face with a mask or cloth face covering. These can be made from household items such as scarves, bandanas, and even t-shirts. Links on how to make and wear a mask are on the CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html The Town of Wellesley is compiling a list of mask resources for residents that will be updated frequently as more information becomes available. Find this information under the Orders and Advisories pages on the Health Department website.
The Health Department is advising the community that the spread of COVID-19 is higher than what is reflected by the reported number of cases. Restrictions and efforts currently in place in Wellesley are intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus AS LONG AS ALL RESIDENTS ADHERE TO THESE RESTRICTIONS. The Health Department and Town officials continue to work with State officials to monitor anyone who may have been exposed or had close contact with any cases of COVID-19.
Your healthcare provider can order a test for COVID-19. If you are feeling ill, contact your provider by phone, email, text, or video platform to determine next steps. You may also contact local urgent care clinics that may provide testing, or local hospitals can direct you to testing sites.
If people are experiencing symptoms (i.e. fever, cough), they should contact their primary care provider by phone, email or text for further guidance. People should not go directly to the Emergency Department (ED). If your medical provider directs you to the ED based on their assessment, please call ahead to the ED. If they do not have a healthcare provider, they may contact a local urgent care clinic for further guidance. And for any medical emergency, they should call 911.
Several people in Wellesley have now received positive COVID-19 antibody tests. Some are cases where individuals may have been ill a few weeks ago and recovered but were never tested, or are cases where individuals are asymptomatic (without symptoms). There is still very little known about antibody testing. For that reason, if an individual tests positive for the antibody, that person is advised to get a COVID-19 test (nasopharyngeal (NP) swab) and will be asked to isolate until the results of that test are known. While antibody testing may indicate a past infection, in the absence of a COVID-19 nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, a positive antibody test is treated like a positive case and that person will be asked to isolate for 10 days and close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
Antibody tests are available from health care providers and laboratories.
Please note: Health Department offcials are not recommending antibody testing since it is not a definite COVID-19 case confirmation. At this time, antibody testing should not be used to guide release from isolation or for return to work purposes and are not indicated for diagnostic purposes. (Massachusetts Department of Public Health, May 13, 2020)
Those who may have come in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should contact their medical provider (primary care physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner) or the Wellesley Health Department for guidance. Each day the Mass. Department of Public Health updates a dedicated COVID-19 website, which provides information on the COVID-19 status and provides resources including facts sheets in multiple languages: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
Yes, it is possible for someone to be infected with a very mild case and show few or no symptoms at all. They may not even realize they are infected. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to take precautions and stay at home, to help prevent spreading the disease unknowingly.
COVID-19 is a virus that causes a respiratory illness. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.There is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 is associated with food or food packaging. Additionally, facilities are required to control any risks that might be associated with workers who are ill, regardless of the type of virus or bacteria. For example, facilities are required to maintain clean and sanitized facilities and food contact surfaces.According to the FDA, we do not anticipate that food products would need to be recalled or be withdrawn from the market because of COVID-19 since there is no evidence to support the transmission to be associated with food.As a precautionary measure, and generally, you should wash your hands after handling any packages, cans, take out containers, etc. prior to food preparation.
The March 23 emergency order assures continued operation of essential services. All non-essential workplaces are closed until May 4 or later. Examples of essential services and answers to frequently asked questions are available from the State at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs.
The access gate to Morses Pond from Turner Road is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, however the pond, beach and swimming area, picnic area, and playground remain closed. Therre are NO lifeguards on duty. The area is open ONLY for outdoor recreation along the Morses Pond trails and North 40 trails. The access road and pond lot is available for parking to help alleviate congregating along Turner Road. Town officials are monitoring this situation and expect voluntary compliance from residents. Report any issues to the Wellesley Police Department at 781-235-1212.
Due to the State of Emergency and the Emergency Orders declared and issued by Governor Baker, the Wellesley Building Department will be following new protocols to protect the health of the Town’s staff, residents, contractors, and their families. Effective immediately, ALL building inspections will be conducted remotely via FaceTime or Skype, or through submission and review of photographs until in person, on-site inspections can resume in a safe manner. These protocols shall remain in place until the State of Emergency is lifted and may be modified over time. It is the responsibility of the licensed individual to check for updates.
Town officials have defined specific criteria for allowable construction projects as related to the Governor’s Essential Services order. The definitions and detials are explained in the Essential Construction Services document on the Building Department homepage. Compliance will be enforced by third-party inspectors at a cost to project owners.
The Town has two construction projects in progress - Sprague Field turf replacement and Lee Field renovation. These projects have been deemed essential and received exempt designation from the State. The Sprague Field project is nearly complete, and the Lee Field contractors are finishing the critical pieces of that project.
At this time, the Governor’s Order does not prohibit landscaping or pest control services, but these businesses must adhere to social distancing restrictions. See the Town of Wellesley Guidelines for Landsape Services and Businesses. Enforcement is currently the responsibility of the homeowner or individual hiring this service. The Wellesley Police Department and Wellesley Department of Public Works are helping to monitor businesses and explain these guidelines to individuals and companies working in Town. Refer to the Letter to Landscapers from the Wellesley Health Department.
At this time, exterior house painting (and interior painting) is not considered an essential service according to the Governor’s orders and is therefore prohibited. Should a business belive that is is essential, or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation from the State as an essential business.
To request designation as an essential business, please click here.
Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Control officer Sue Webb and the Natural Resources Commission have issued a strict message to dog owners and all visitors to Town conservation areas and trails.
No, Lake Waban and the entire Wellesley College campus, all buildings, parking lots, and facilities (indoor and outdoor) are completely closed to the public.
The Wellesley Fire Department continues to pick up PPE donations. To donate, please call the Fire Department at 781-235-1300. This is for PICK-UP ONLY; no drop-offs are permitted.Newton Wellesley Hospital donation link: https://www.nwh.org/home/covid-19-donations.The State has also launched a PPE donation portal. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-ppe-procurement-and-donation-program.
The Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) is located at the Tolles Parsons Center, 500 Washington Street in Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482. Enter 500 Washington Street into your GPS for turn-by-turn directions. Free parking is available on-site in the parking lot. We offer transportation to the Center for seniors who need or would like a ride.
Regular business hours for the Council on Aging (COA) and the Tolles Parsons Center are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The COA occasionally schedules events and/or trips outside of normal business hours. Please refer to our program brochure for specific information.
Please visit our Transportation page for information on the COA Bus and Volunteer Drivers Program as well as other local transportation options. Our Transportation Coordinators are available for telephone or in-person consultations.
The Council on Aging offers a variety of social, recreational, and educational programs. Our newsletter lists our current programs and is mailed to Wellesley residents over the age of 60 on a bi-monthly basis. If you are interested in receiving our newsletter via print or e-mail, please contact us.
Anyone over the age of 60 is welcome to participate in COA programs and utilize our services. There is no membership fee to “join”. While both Wellesley residents and non-residents are eligible to take part in our programs, we offer priority registration to Wellesley residents. We invite first time users to call or visit the COA to register your information and receive a tour. We will then issue you a key tag and you will be ready to begin enjoying the many benefits and resources available to you as part of the Wellesley COA community.
Family members, caregivers, and neighbors frequently contact us for information about services that help keep elders living safely and independently in their homes. Our Health and Social Services Administrator can help connect your loved one to local programs and services, even if you live far away. Visit our Social Services page for information.
The Wellesley Council on Aging could not accomplish its work without the assistance of its many dedicated volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer page to find our volunteer application and to learn about opportunities.
The COA partners with Express Gourmet of Wellesley to offer catered lunches three times per week. Meals are $4.00 and served at the COA every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:00pm. Guests must register no later than 9:30a.m. the day prior to the lunch they plan to attend. Please inform COA Staff and Volunteers of any food allergies at the time of registration.
The COA does not offer a Meals on Wheels program. However, we work closely with Springwell, a non-profit organization that provides home delivered meals to Wellesley residents.
An Abuse Prevention Order, called a "209A order," a "protective order," or a "restraining order," is a civil court order intended to provide protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force or threat of harm from a family or household member. You can obtain an order against:
A 209A order can be obtained in any District Court, Superior Court, or Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts. An emergency 209A order can be obtained through any police department after court hours, on weekends and holidays. You do not need a lawyer to file for a 209A Order and there is no charge for filing. An emergency 209A order will only be valid until the next business day at which time a victim has to appear in District Court to extend the order.
Should you decide to go to a District Court for a 209A order, you may go to the District Court in the area where you live or, if you have fled to another area to avoid abuse, you may go to the District Court in the area where you now live.
Go to the Clerk’s Office in the court and ask for a "protective order" or a "209A order." You will receive a packet of forms to complete as an application for a protective order.
In some courts, there may be a Court Advocate from a local battered women’s service agency to help you with the form. A Victim/Witness Advocate from the District Attorney’s Office is also usually available for assistance and to discuss the option of filing criminal charges against your abuser. Ask someone at the Clerk’s Office to direct you to the District Attorney’s Victim/ Witness Office for help. You do not have to file criminal charges in order to obtain a 209A order. However, criminal charges can be helpful in holding a batterer responsible for criminal acts committed against you. If there is a criminal violation, the Court can also require a batterer to obtain counseling or other treatment.
Applicants can stop by the Wellesley Police Department at their convenience to apply, typically each shift has at least one officer trained in the MIRCS firearms licensing program. However, in the case that no officers are available to process your application you may be asked to come back at a later time. It is not necessary to complete an application prior to applying at the station, however you may download an application worksheet (PDF) to use as a rough draft. An online application must be completed at the station.
Same material as listed in the application requirements section of the Firearms Licensing page except for the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) certified safety course certificate and fingerprints.
Older style, expired licenses which do not end in “A” or “B” require fingerprints and a new safety course class must be completed.
Renewals issued from jurisdictions outside of Wellesley must supply a valid copy of the firearms training certificate.
The same requirements as listed for license to carry (LTC) listed in the application requirements section on the Firearms Licensing page except:
Yes, you must complete the “Change of Address Notification Form” and follow its instructions. You must notify the following agencies within 30 days:
You can email Sergent Jeffrey Renzella of the Firearms Licensing Unit call him at 781-235-1212, ext. 5261.
Further information about firearms laws is available on the Massachusetts government website.
Wellesley Town Hall's normal operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please check each department's page for their individual operating hours.
Summer Hours from early July to early September are:
Monday: 8am - 5pmTuesday: 8am - 6pmWednesday: 8am - 5pmThursday: 8am - 5pmFriday: 8am - Noon
The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) is open at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
7:00 AM - Noon
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
7:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Sunday (April - November only)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Please note that the RDF is closed on state holidays.
Visit the RDF page for more information.
To find out more about the Town of Wellesley's parking lots and their rates, go the Parking Clerk's page.
Copies of Vital Records (certified copies of Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates) may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office for a $10.00 fee per copy ordered.
Requests can be in person or by a letter enclosing a check for the fee and a self addressed stamped envelope.
The Town Clerk’s office does not accept credit card payments.
Send request and payment to:
525 Washington Street
Wellesley MA 02482
The Town of Wellesley can issue vital records for:
BIRTHS – if the person was born in Wellesley or the parents were resident in Wellesley at the time of the birth. (Please note - Newton Wellesley Hospital is in the City of Newton - call (617) 796-1200 for vital records in Newton)
DEATHS – if the place of pronouncement is Wellesley or the informant declared Wellesley to be the town of last residence of the decedent. Persons who die out of state will not have a death certificate filed with the Town of Wellesley.
MARRIAGES – if the couple filed their Intention of Marriage in Wellesley. The location of the filing is not determined by the location of the ceremony, it is the convenience of the couple as to where in Massachusetts they choose to file the intention.
Does Wellesley have an all night parking ban?
Yes. Motor vehicles may not be parked on any public way in the town of Wellesley from 2AM until 5AM. Those that are parked on the street will receive a parking ticket. This parking ban also includes the Town of Wellesley parking lots, and is clearly posted on signs entering the lots.
Town of Wellesley Parking Lots:
Weston Road at Washington Street
Washington Street at Cameron Street
Linden Street at Hollis Street
Church Street at Waban Street
I received a parking ticket. How do I pay it, or how do I appeal it?
Parking tickets are handled through the Town Hall, Office of the Parking Clerk at 781-431-1019 ext. 2296. Payments must be made within 21 days to the parking clerk, or additional fines will be posted. You cannot pay a ticket at the police station. Appeals can also be made through the parking clerk.
I received a traffic (motor vehicle) citation. How do I pay it, or how do I appeal it?
The back of the citation contains all the information regarding payment and appeal information. You have the right to request a hearing, but you must do so within 20 days of the offense. After that time, you will be responsible for paying the full amount. All appeals for motor vehicle citations are conducted at the Dedham District Court House, 631 High Street, Dedham. Notification of the hearing date will be via mail and handled through the Dedham District Court.
Non-payment of traffic citations will result in your license or right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts being suspended or revoked. These are arrestable offenses!
Are door-to-door sales regulated in Wellesley?
Yes, door to door sales for profit are strictly regulated by the Town of Wellesley. Non profit sales are not regulated.
Do I need a license or permit?
Yes, a person may obtain a state hawker peddler license from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation or a hawker peddler license from the Town of Wellesley.
How do I obtain a license from the Town of Wellesley?
Applicants fill out an application obtained from the police department. If the applicant is a not a fugitive or a convicted felon they can be licensed.
What is the fee for a license?
How long is the license good for?
Are there restrictions on where or when someone can sell?
Yes, sales are not permitted prior to 8 am or after 5 pm. Sales are also prohibited on Sundays and legal holidays. No sales may be conducted on property marked “No Soliciting.” or otherwise posted in a similar manner.
Are there other requirements?
Yes, licensees must display their license on their outer garment while they are selling and they must show it to a police officer upon demand.
What happens if I violate any the restrictions?
Violators may be arrested, fined up to $300, and they may have their licenses suspended or revoked.
Wellesley will have TWO elections in March 2020.
The next election is the Presidential Primary scheduled for Tuesday March 3, 2020.
The Local Election is scheduled for Tuesday March 17, 2020.
You may register to vote in person, by mail, at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, or online. Learn more on the Town Clerk voter registration page.
The last day to register for the Presidential Primary Election is February 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.There is no waiting period to be eligible to register to vote. If you move, you may register to vote as soon as you move into your new home. You may register in person at Wellesley Town Hall (525 Washington Street, Town Clerk's Office) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (see website for holiday hours). Mail in forms can be obtained online. Residents with a Massachusetts Driver's License may also complete voter registration online.Teens turning 18 on or before the next election date may preregister before their birthday. Teens must be registered by the applicable deadline to participate in the next election.Teens ages 16 and 17 may also pre-register as a voter, but are not eligible to vote until their 18th birthday.
If you have not received confirmation of your voter status from the Town Clerk's Office within 1 week from the date you registered please contact Diane Innes, Wellesley Elections and Registration Administrator, at email@example.com or 781-431-1019, ext. 2258.
To vote March 5, 2019, find where to vote in your district.
Learn about absentee voting on the Town Clerk's absentee voting page.
The easiest trail is the Brook Path, which follows the Caroline and Fuller Brooks. It is an ADA-compliant, stone-dust path which parallels Washington Street and is easily accessible from the multiple cross streets. The Longfellow Pond Trail is another easy trail, which circles this scenic pond in our Town Forest. Other easy trails are listed online under Suggested Walks.
The Brook Path and the Longfellow Pond Trail are easy trails and great for kids. We also recommend the Centennial Reservation Trail for a hike up to the top of Maugus Hill for a view of the Blue Hill, the Morses Pond Trail to the town beach and then continuing along the Crosstown Trail to view the pond, and the Boulder Brook Trail for a hike to the top of Rocky Ledges.
Most of the interconnecting trails are suitable for jogging. The Brook Path and trails along the aqueducts provide level surfaces with good footing, and the Guernsey Path and Beard Trail also provide good jogging routes. If you enjoy long jogs, take the Wellesley Grand Tour, a 10.8 mile loop using all five of our interconnecting trails.
Maps are available online, at map dispensers located at trail parking lots and trailheads, at the Natural Resource Commission Office in Town Hall and at the Town Clerk's Office. You can get trail maps for all the town trails and detailed trail maps for Boulder Brook Reservation, Centennial Reservation, Morses Pond and the Town Forest.
With an early awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources and careful town planning, Wellesley has 2,700 acres of open space. We are also fortunate to have two aqueducts running through town that serve as interconnecting greenways, along with a historic linear park. As a result we have 46 miles of trails in Town, and 27 miles are marked with trail markers.
There are fourteen trails in Wellesley, and most likely there is a trail near your home, school or business. We have nine woodland trails that go through conservation lands, parks and open space, and five interconnecting trails that run along aqueducts, parks and roads.
The shortest trail, the Rockridge Pond Trail, is 0.4 miles long and is a pleasant walk around the edge of this scenic pond. Our longest trail, the Crosstown Trail, is 6.0 miles long and runs along the Cochituate Aqueduct from the east to the west side of town.
Come on one of our free guided walks. We run walks in the spring and fall. The walks are at an easy pace, less than two miles long, and last about one hour. Look for walk schedules on our website, announcements in the Townsman's Community Bulletin Board, and fliers posted on our map houses.
Yes, dogs are welcomed on our trails. The dog can be off-leash if under voice control by the owner. We encourage walkers to pick up after their dogs and properly dispose of the waste. Remember that the town has a restriction on the number of dogs on conservation land: No more than two dogs per person, or three dogs with a permit.
Yes, our trails are used by bicyclists for recreation and commuting, and by children going to school. The most popular bicycling trail, and frequently used by families, is the Brook Path because of its level surface. Note that all motorized use of the trails on open space lands is prohibited.
The Brook Path, the lower meadows at Centennial Reservation, and trails along the aqueducts are ideal for cross-country skiing. The section of the Crosstown Trail from Weston Road to Rt. 9 is a favorite, with scenic views of Morses Pond and only two road crossing. The Guernsey Path from the trailhead at Winding River Road to the Nehoiden Golf Course is another picturesque trail with only one road crossing.
Please report trail problems to the Natural Resources Commission Office. Call us at 781-431-1019, extension 2294, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come to one of our monthly trails meetings, meet our committee members, and learn about our projects and plans. We are a volunteer town committee, and welcome people who would like to join the Trails Committee to help us monitor and maintain the trails. Not interested in becoming a committee member? Then consider joining the Friends of Wellesley Trails to help us with events and projects and contact us at email@example.com.