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Building Access Hours

  • Monday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–2:30 pm

Curbside Pickup Hours

  • Monday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Building Access Hours

  • Monday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 1 pm–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–2:30 pm

Curbside Pickup Hours

  • Monday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am–5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

From the Shelburne COVID-19 Emergency Task Force:

New cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Shelburne recently. Please be extra cautious and vigilant about your health and safety, practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

Wear a mask or facial covering every time you go out in public.

Masks slow the spread of COVID-19, and protect you and everyone around you! See information from Mass.gov.

Remember, the sole purpose of a virus is to find and infect targets. It has no opinions, thoughts, or feelings. As of September 4, 2020, there have been 6,204,238 cases and 187,755 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S., including 121,758 cases and 9,100 deaths in Massachusetts. Don't be the cause for an increase in these numbers! (Source: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.)

Special Town Meeting

Special Town Meeting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 2020, by the bandstand at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne. There is no rain date scheduled.

Volunteers are needed to assist with:

  • Chair set-up and break-down
  • Perimeter set-up and break-down
  • Directing of foot traffic and crowd control
  • Monitoring of microphone use by community speakers

To volunteer, please contact Laurie Wheeler at 413-625-0306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like a copy of this or any of the messages from the Shelburne COVID-19 Emergency Task Force, knock on the door of the Arms Library and request a copy.

From the Town of Shelburne Board of Health:

Venn diagram showing the overlap between seasonal allergies and COVID symptoms

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image above compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19. The Shelburne Board of Health reminds you to seek appropriate treatment for all suspected illnesses.

Download this update as a PDF

The COVID-19 Emergency Task Force is sharing the following information about changes to voting procedures due to the pandemic, on behalf of the Town of Shelburne Chief Elections Official.

There are three options for voting in the State Primary election on September 1 and the State and presidential election on November 3: ​Voting By Mail, Early In-person Voting, and In-person Voting on Election Day.

Voting by Mail

This is the safest option in terms of COVID-19 exposure. Voters must apply to use this option. (The deadline for the application to be received at the Town Clerk’s office is 5 PM on August 26 for the September election and 5 PM on October 28 for the November election.)

Voters who apply to vote by mail will receive a ballot package in the postal mail, which they must complete and return. Please note that many ballots for the September election have been mailed to voters who already applied. Voters who applied and do not receive their ballot by ​August 23​ should call the Town Clerk at 625-0300, ext. 3.

There are two ways to return a Vote By-Mail ballot:

  1. Official Shelburne ballot boxDeposit the ballot in the drop-off box (shown here). The drop-off box will be available for all elections, starting with the Primary in September. This secure drop-off box will be installed at the Town Hall on or about August 20, and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ​The deadline for depositing a ballot in the drop-off box is 8 PM on election day.

  2. Return the ballot by postal mail.

    ​ Keep in mind that the completed ballot must be received by the Chief Elections Official by 8 PM on election day for it to be counted. Leave enough time for the postal service to deliver in advance of the deadline. ​Any ballot received after election day will NOT be counted.

Early In-Person Voting

Early in-person voting​ for the September 2020 election is available at the Cowell Gym during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, August 22, 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Sunday, August 23, 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Monday, August 24, 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Tuesday, August 25, 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Thursday, August 27, 10 AM - 4 PM

Dates and times for early in-person voting for the November election have not yet been scheduled.

In-Person Voting on Election Day

In-person voting on election day at the Cowell Gym is available from 7 AM to 8 PM on September 1 and November 3.

COVID-19 mitigation measures will be implemented during all in-person voting, including the use of masks or facial coverings, adequate social distancing, limits on the number of people allowed inside the polling place at the same time, and hand hygiene protocols.

Please contact the Town Clerk at 625-0300, ext. 3 with any questions.

Earlier this week, Governor Baker initiated Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s four-phase reopening plan. As in previous phases, the Administration will monitor key public health trends and pause the reopening if necessary. The mandatory facial covering and Safer-at-Home orders are still in effect, and people in high-risk categories for infection should stay home except for essential errands.

Under this phase, additional sectors of the economy are able to reopen:

  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues
  • Museums, cultural and historical sites
  • Fitness centers and health clubs
  • Certain outdoor recreational activities with LOW potential for contact

Gatherings remain restricted in Phase 3.

  • Indoors: No more than eight people per 1,000 square feet, and not to exceed 25 people in any one enclosed space.
  • Outdoors in enclosed space: Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy, and not to exceed 100 people in a single enclosed space.
  • Outdoors in open space: Requires proper social distancing of six feet between people and the use of facial coverings.

Self-quarantine for 14 days also remains in effect (as of July 7, 2020) for visitors (or returning residents) from anywhere except the other New England states, New York and New Jersey.

Thank you for your great work to get us to Phase 3! Your continued adherence to the state mandates and guidelines has made a difference. While most other states are confronting surges in cases, Massachusetts remains one of the few that are trending in a positive direction.

From the Shelburne Emergency Task Force

Here are a few chances for you to get out of isolation safely, help our beautiful community, and reconnect with neighbors. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please call Laurie Wheeler at 413-625-0306 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

Shelburne Town Meeting (13/14 June). To maintain the health and safety of our citizens and maintain social distancing during the pandemic, the Shelburne Annual Town Meeting will convene outside at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 13, 2020, by the bandstand at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will occur at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the same location.

The COVID-19 Task Force needs volunteers to help with the following tasks:

  • Chair set-up and break-down
  • Perimeter set-up and break-down
  • Directing of foot traffic and crowd control
  • Monitoring of microphone use by community speakers

Take advantage of this chance to make this town meeting a success while participating in the democratic process!

Farmers Market (2:00-6:30 PM Fridays)

Volunteers at our fabulous Farmers Market help direct the one-way traffic and remind people of the requirement to wear a facial covering. Here’s your chance to volunteer for an hour or two, have fun with a friend (or make a new one), and get some sustenance and sunshine!

Great job, everyone! Thanks to your hard work and adherence to social distancing guidelines, there are no new cases in Shelburne this week. However, our neighboring towns have new cases, so you are still at risk of contracting COVID-19 out in the community. Continue to wear a facial covering when in public, stay six feet away from others, and wash your hands.

Contact tracing. If you get a call or text message from a health agent or a public health nurse, please respond promptly. This is an essential aspect of combatting the spread of COVID-19. Also, please be aware that contact tracers will NEVER ask you for your social security number or insurance information.

Early Voting. The Board of Health strongly recommends that all voters use the EARLY VOTING option to limit the risk of COVID-19 infection for the Annual Town Election on June 23, 2020. If you have any questions about the election, please contact the Town Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413-625-0300, option 3.

You can help reopen Massachusetts! Here’s a way to actually feel like you have some control over this pandemic. Every action you take now to limit the spread of the virus directly affects how quickly Massachusetts can move to the next phase of reopening. The governor makes decisions based on specific data, not set dates. So continue practicing the precautions that limit transmission of the virus:

  • Stay home except for essential activities.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Keep six feet between yourself and others.
  • Wear a face covering in public.

One last note. We acknowledge and understand the fatigue you might be feeling about social distancing, especially now that the Commonwealth is reopening and the weather is getting warmer. Resist the urge to forego wearing that facial covering when you step outside your home. Even that short walk down a shared hallway without a mask can expose others to the virus. Your good judgment can help halt the spread of this disease. Thank you!

From the Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force

Dial 2-1-1 for free and confidential advice about assistance with basic needs: food, shelter, transportation, financial assistance, and household goods. Mass211

Local Providers (deliveries, curbside pick-up, or take-out)

  • Pick-up is currently available at McCusker’s, Baked, Hearty Eats (veggies), Hager’s Farm Market window, Green Fields Market, Keystone Market (Seniors only, Sat. 9-2 for call-in orders). Call for details.
  • For more ways to shop local: Mass.gov and CISA
  • Food Delivery Programs (Online ordering; note that delivery charges apply)

Free Food Resources: Find a regularly updated list

  • Food Pantries:
    • Hilltown Churches Food Pantry, Ashfield: For hours & information call 413-625-0020
    • Good Neighbors Food Pantry, Charlemont: For hours & information call 413-3399-4294
    • West County Food Pantry, Cowell Gym, Shelburne: For hours & information call 413-339-4294
    • Center for Self-Reliance, Greenfield: For hours & information call 413-773-5029
  • Meals on Wheels can be reached by calling LifePath at 800-732-4636, 413-773-5555, or TDD 413-772-6566, M-F 9-5
  • School Grab and Go Meals for School Aged Children
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School District: Pickup at Shelburne Falls Fire Department, 121 State St.; Breakfast and Lunch, MWF, 10:30 to noon. (2 days of meals on M&W, 1 meal on F.) Contact Debbie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Franklin Technical School: Pickup at numerous locations. Contact Liz Bouchard for any questions or requests (413) 863-9561 x289, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Request Help with Shopping or Ordering Food

  • A Shelburne COVID-19 Task Force volunteer can assist you. Call the Arms Library at 413-625-0306.
  • “Neighbor to Neighbor Network” operated by Franklin Community Co-op at McCuskers. To learn more, visit the website or contact Sarah Kanabay, cell: 413-325-4625; office: 413-325-8802

Donate to the Organizations Providing Free Food Services

The Board of Health would like to thank all the citizens of Shelburne for each individual’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. The use of masks, practicing social distancing, hand hygiene and washing of frequently touched surfaces has helped Baystate Franklin to continue to function at or below capacity, providing those with COVID-19 and with other illnesses the care that they need. We are in the midst of our surge and have managed to “flatten the curve” thus far. Keep up the good work!

  • The universal use of facemasks in essential business settings is an area that we feel could use improved compliance. The use of face coverings is a low risk intervention that can only assist in reducing the spread of this terrible illness. Individuals protect one another thereby reducing overall transmission and protecting hospital bed availability. The other benefit of masking is that it reminds people not to touch their nose or mouth after potentially touching contaminated surfaces. We continue to offer free face masks at 218 Shelburne Center Road and at the Arms Library. Contact Laurie at the Arms Library 413-625-0306.

  • White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has said social distancing will continue through the summer months, noting that many governors understand the process of reopening must be very gradual. We understand that Shelburne is a tourist town and as summer approaches we will probably experience more visitors despite the stay at home order as well as when this is relaxed. The Board of Health is supporting the Bridge of Flowers committee in closing this attraction. We are also making arrangements for a public toilet to be provided.

  • We are working with Election Officials and the Select Board to provide a safe and secure election. You will soon be given more information about applying for early voting. We encourage using the availability of early voting to protect your health and still participate in free and fair elections. Voting in person will still be available but will be very different in order to provide for the protection of the voter and the election officials.

Take care of your emotional health by taking care of your body - eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of fresh air and plenty of sleep. Connect virtually with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. Enjoy our great outdoors.

Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option for further help. The Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

Messages from the Shelburne Board of Health and Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force

“It’s not over ‘til it’s over”

The number of Covid-19 cases is expected to peak in the next two weeks. We have seen Franklin County’s numbers increase over the last week. It is more important than ever, therefore, that we follow strictly the Governor’s advisory to stay at home. Even if you have no symptoms, please help contain the spread of the virus by staying at home and going out only when it is absolutely necessary.

Your Board of Health STRONGLY ENCOURAGES that EVERYONE wear a mask or cloth face covering in all public settings. This includes grocery stores, the pharmacy, the Post Office and the Transfer Station. This recommendation does NOT replace social distancing, and all the other measures you are taking to protect your family and neighbors from the spread of the virus. Think of everything outside your house or touched by others as potentially contaminated, wash your hands!

The gradual reopening of the state rests, like a table, on four legs- 1) increased testing 2) increased health care capacity 3) isolation and contact tracing 4) continued social distancing. The governor is addressing the first items. We individually are responsible for reporting illnesses and cooperating with public health directives We can each do something!

Baystate Franklin’s drive-through testing is currently available to those patients of either Baystate Medical Practices or Valley Medical Group who have spoken with their primary care providers and have an order for the test. Although there are still not enough testing supplies (swabs, reagents) for widespread testing, all primary care providers are also able to offer at least some testing at this time to those whose illness meets the criteria for a test.

NOTE: The COVID numbers on Shelburne’s town web site are correct and up to date. The state‘s Shelburne case totals include some other area towns that are within the 01370 zip code.

Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you think you might have COVID-19, the very first thing you should do is call your doctor or Health Care Provider (HCP). Your Health Care Provider is the person who decides if you need to be tested, and if so, will order it.

If you get a positive clinical diagnosis ask them to call Lisa White, our area’s Public Health Nurse. If your HCP is not calling Lisa White, then you should call her or one of her coworkers at 413-665-1400 X114.

Lisa White or one of her Public Health Nurse coworkers will do the following:

  • Request the person go into isolation; teach that person how to maintain isolation, and see that they have a plan and support. Unless they need further, more frequent follow up, they will check their temperature twice a day; the Public Health Nurse will call you in a week to reevaluate.
  • Follow up with the person’s contacts and instruct them in quarantine.

Your Public Health Nurse can help you throughout your isolation in conjunction with your Health Care Practitioner.

While your Public Health Nurse is following your health, she will follow up with your HCP and confirm your diagnosis. She and your HCP are the only people with this information.

From that point, Lisa will notify your Local Board of Health, who will update the official numbers on the Town of Shelburne’s website.

All of this information is kept private; only the Public Health Nurse knows who has and who hasn’t gotten COVID-19. Emergency Medical Services, the EMTs, have only an address in case of emergency.

We now have our first cases of COVID-19, and we would like to have anyone that has been told by their Healthcare Provider that they have COVID-19 to call Lisa White, our public health nurse at 413-665-1400 for follow up. We think this information is an important part of County wide data collection and to inform our EMS of addresses that need full PPE protection.

A reminder to parents - please be aware of where your children are and that they use social distancing and masks for their health as well as yours.

Free masks will continue to be provided at the Town Hall and 218 Shelburne Center Road. Masks should be washed at regular intervals. They can be added to your regular wash.

WASH YOUR HANDS. WASH YOUR MASK. STAY HOME.

Each person’s actions impact this pandemic.

Answers from the Covid-19 Task Force

Q: What is being done by our County Public Health Officials?

The Public Health Nursing Team with the Franklin Regional Council of Government’s Cooperative Pubic Health Services is hard at work reaching out to and supporting people with a COVID diagnosis and their contacts in the 18 towns they are covering in Franklin County. As of 4/13, in this 18-town area ,we have a total of 20 (18 lab-tested and 2 clinically diagnosed) COVID-19 cases.@12 people have recovered, 7 are still in isolation, and one has passed away.@16 people in the are under quarantine, and 20 people have been released from quarantine after showing no signs of illness for 14 days.

Q: Is it true that we can’t walk or use any Town property?

The Center for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. A limited supply of cloth face coverings are available at the Town Hall. If you need one for a child, there are a limited number of those from a Board of Health member at 218 Shelburne Center Road.

Q: How many people in Shelburne have COVOD-19?

The posted state numbers reflect cases in the 01370 zip code, which crosses over the town boundary. The Town of Shelburne website shows our current count of 2 as of April 16.

Many people show no symptoms but are able to spread the virus, and that is not reflected in the numbers. Physicians and health officials are required to report to the Board of Health if a resident has either tested positive or if they have a clinical diagnosis of the virus. Personal information is not for public release but is used by public health officials to track where people may have contracted the virus and their contacts.

Q: I noticed that our police officers, EMTs and others were wearing masks when they visited my neighbor. Should I be concerned that they have COVID-19?

Our public safety personnel interact closely with others regularly. Our first responders will evaluate everyone as if they are contagious with COVID-19. They are taking what is known as “universal precautions.” So, the fact that they wear masks or gowns or gloves when at your neighbor’s house does not mean your neighbor is a carrier of the coronavirus.

Q: I’ve heard that there are a lot of scam artists preying on people during the pandemic. What should I know and do about this?

We’ve had reports that scam phone calls are coming in to people on their cell phones, land lines, as well as online. They pose as the Social Security Administration, IRS, Census, USCIS, or lottery and sweepstakes personnel to fool you into believing they are legitimate. DON’T GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION! Talk with someone you trust before committing to anything. Watch for unauthorized charges on your credit card.

The local Shelburne Police Department is keeping track of scams; call them at 413-625-0304.

You can also call the AARP 877-908-3360 - or visit their website.

Please also report suspected scams to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office at 413-774-3186.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information also lists possible ways a person could be scammed. You may sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at: www.ftc.gov/scam

Q: If I think I have symptoms, should I call 9-1-1?

Not unless you are experiencing severe difficulty breathing or other life-threatening conditions. The first call should be to your primary care physician. Anyone that has been told by their Healthcare Provider that they have Covid-19 should call Lisa White, our public health nurse at 413-665-1400 for follow up.

Q: When will this end for us locally?

It is not clear at this time. We have been fortunate to avoid widespread illness and deaths thus far. The Town is following the recommendations of the state Department of Public Health and the national CDC to “flatten the curve”. What this means is that by slowing the spread of the virus it allows our local health care system time and capacity to treat those infected and avoid overloading the system.

Q: Some suggest this pandemic is a hoax and the government has totally overreacted. Do you agree?

The pandemic is clearly not a hoax based on the evidence of illness and death globally. Locally we feel that we have taken a conservative but measured approach to prevent the spread in our community. We appreciate the sacrifices of many in our community to limit their movement, self-quarantine, deal with layoffs, and, for some, close their businesses and lose income. If you speak with people in our community who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 we believe they will tell you it is a real disease and we should continue to take it seriously.

A message from Jody Stetson, Chairperson of Shelburne Board of Health; regular updates will be posted from the Board of Health and the Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force.

Lisa White, our Public Health Nurse out of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments explains that asymptomatic spread has led to infection among people who don’t know they are spreading the virus. Some will never become ill, or will have such mild symptoms they won’t seek care. We should assume anyone we come in contact with may be carrying the virus.

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets, in the air or on contaminated surfaces. Scientists discovered the virus can be detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. This virus is quite transmissible through relatively contact, making this pathogen very hard to contain. If you’re touching items someone else has recently handled, be aware they could be contaminated and wash your hands.

The current recommendation is for the public to wear face masks when out in public to help prevent the spread, and in the home when a member of the household is feeling any symptoms. A washable cloth mask or bandana made of tightly woven or unwoven fabric, though not fully effective at blocking virus particles, can reduce transmission and is acceptable for these circumstances.

A limited number of free cloth face masks are available from the Board of Health at 218 Shelburne Center Road.

Staying home or being outside away from others except household members is the key to slowing the spread.

The basketball court at the Cowell and the playground equipment at the school are closed.

LifePath intends to remain an active partner in these uncertain times. They continue to offer services to older adults to support those who wish to remain at home safely. 413-773-5555 ext 2281.