The Fairhaven Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the current situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommendations coming out of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and will continue to update residents on local preparedness efforts and changes.  

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Coronavirus Resources

Mass Dept. Health Resources  |  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For MA State Official Questions:
Dial 211, 24 hrs 7 days  |
For any Town of Fairhaven office closure questions, call 508-979-4023 ext. 2


How do I go about getting tested for COVID-19? 

If you have a Primary Care Physician (PCP): 

Contact your PCP. If your PCP determines the test is warranted, you will be given authorization to get tested and where. 

If you don't have a PCP:

Call (not visit) the nearest hospital emergency room or walk-in clinic. In order to be considered for testing, you must be approved by a health care professional first. Once the healthcare professional determines that a test is warranted, you will be authorized to be tested. 


Town Coronavirus Communications 

March 13, 2020Council on Aging Closed 3/16 Until Further Notice
March 16, 2020Online Payment, Dropbox Encouraged
March 16, 2020Town Buildings Closed to the Public
March 17, 2020Governor Announces Emergency 3-Week School Closure, Prohibits Gatherings of 25 and more

State Orders in Place, Recommendations

All MA schools will be closed until April 6, 2020
Prohibiting gathering of 25 people or more, including fitness centers, private clubs and theatres, etc.
Take social distancing seriously and stay home whenever possible
State Group Insurance Commission and commercial providers will cover telehealth services
Hospitals must postpone all elective surgeries
Significant restrictions on visitors to nursing homes and elder health facilities
Extension of RMV deadlines such as license renewals and only limited RMV access
Relaxed Unemployment guidelines to support unemployment resulting from coronavirus
Temporarily Closing of all Childcare Programs

Town Building Statuses

Dept.Available ServicesServices Interrupted
Council on AgingMeals on Wheels program, Medical Transportation as neededSenior Center Closed, Social Day Program Closed
Building Department

Permitting, inspections, record requests, requests for service need to be done by phone or email


Public WorksTrash and Recycling Collection 
Police Dept.Records RequestsFirearms licensing/Fingerprinting
Collector's OfficeCollecting taxes via drop box and onlineCash payments
Conservation/SustainabilityReceiving applications, permitting, must call ahead to coordinateAbility to look at old filings that are not electronic
Tourism/Visitor's CenterInfo by phone, email, website, social mediapicking up brochures/maps, visiting museum
Town ClerkVital Records, Dog Licensing- by mail/or on line 
Assessor's OfficeAbatements, field cards, maps, abutters lists, via email/drop box 
Health Dept.Vital Records release, permit applications, complaint inspections, all dept. resources are on our websitein-person septic plan review
Millicent LibraryOnline databases and streaming servicespublic access, no book delivery, no book returns
Animal ControlFound animals, Surrendered animals, Respond to emergenciesPublic access, volunteers, adoptions


Residents and others will be able to pay bills by check or money order by placing bills, along with the checks and/or money orders, in an envelope and dropping them in the mail slot that is located on the Town Hall front steps to the left, on the Tax Collector’s  door. Please include a self- addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a receipt.

Payments can also be made via the Town’s website

Both credit cards and EFTs (using your checking account) can be used. If your only option is cash and you cannot get a money order, please contact the Collector’s Office at 508-979-4023 ext. 4 and arrange for a cash payment.

Coronavirus - March 2020