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Elizabeth Swedberg, Health Agent

Address: Board of Health 9 Morse Village Rd, Wendell, MA 01379

Mailing Address: Board of Health P O Box 41, Wendell, MA 01379

Phone: 978-544-3395 X 106

Fax: 978-544-7467

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month starting at 7:00p.m. (Subject to change)


Guidance For Craft Vendors With In-Person Home Shoppers

Town of Wendell Board of Health


  • Scheduling shoppers by appointment is best; it prevents crowding and allows for contact tracing if necessary; keep a copy of your schedules.

  • A garage with the doors open would the safest location. The goal is to separate shoppers and residents of the home as much as possible.

  • Wear face coverings and disposable gloves at all times; change gloves as needed.

  • Provide hand sanitizer that is 60% or more alcohol.

  • Disinfect sale items and display tables; repeat as needed during the sale.

  • Tables should be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

  • Establish a one-way traffic pattern and mark it with heavy duty tape or signs.

  • No more than 5 people at a time, including the seller, may be in the sale area at once; allow room for 6 ‘ spacing; reduce number of shoppers otherwise.

  • Provide newspaper or other wrapping material for shoppers to use for their purchases.

  • Price items in round numbers to avoid the need to make change as much as possible.

  • Accept local checks.

  • Do not serve food or beverages during the sale.


  • If you or anyone in your family are not feeling well, do not go shopping.

  • Wear face coverings at all times.

  • Use hand sanitizer right before and after shopping.

  • Maintain at least a 6 foot distance between shoppers.

  • Look first, then touch only the items you intend to purchase.

  • If paying in cash, bring a range of small bills to avoid having to make change.

  • Bring your own shopping bags from home; you should wrap and bag your own purchases rather than having the seller do it.

Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance

DPH has issued updated quarantine guidance that takes effect today:

While the initial guidance to quarantine for 14 days after exposure still stands, this additional guidance will allow those who have been exposed to COVID to test out of quarantine after 10 days if they meet ALL of the following parameters:

  • They have not had, and do not have, any symptoms of COVID;
  • If they are tested on day 8 of their quarantine period or later using a molecular diagnostic test, a PCR test, and receive a negative test result; and

  • They must monitor themselves for symptoms for the full 14 days. Any individual that develops symptoms should contact their local health care provider and be re-tested.

Wendell Board of Health Updates

Halloween: The Wendell Board of Health voted during Monday’s meeting to concur with the decision made by the New Salem Board of Health to cancel organized Halloween activities. We feel that this year Halloween is best celebrated at home with members of the same household. Hopefully, by next October the public health situation will return to a more normal state.

Flu vaccinations: Anyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot. Those over 65 should get the high-dose version for seniors. You can be vaccinated by any licensed pharmacist, who can administer the shot to anyone three years of age or older. Most pharmacies do not require an appointment, and the vaccination is covered by most insurance. Please don’t skip this one; getting the flu may make you more susceptible to the coronavirus.

COVID-19: While Wendell has done an excellent job of preventing COVID from spreading into our town, with indoor weather fast approaching we must maintain our vigilance. The MA Department of Public Health reports that, statewide, many new cases are coming from households. There are also reports of transmission between members of higher-contact organized sports, including ice hockey, field hockey, and regular football.

Recent research shows the coronavirus can remain viable on glass surfaces and cell phones for up to 28 days in a lab. Please clean your cell phone regularly, especially if you share it with others or use it in public places. It’s yet another reason to keep washing your hands.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health would like help in identifying state needs resulting from the impact of COVID-19. Anyone age 14 or over can complete a survey at https://www.mass.gov/COVID19survey. This will help the MADPH assess any needs Wendell may have. No identifying information will be asked of you. The survey lasts until October 30.

Stay safe and stay well,

Wendell Board of Health:
Barbara Craddock, Chair
Shay Cooper
Judy Bailey
Wibby Swedberg, Health Agent

Wendell, Massachusetts

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