The City of Malden is actively monitoring the evolving health issues caused by COVID-19 and is working closely with federal and state public health officials. Board of Health Director Chris Webb along with Emergency Management Director Police Captain Glenn Cronin have been leading the response and are in regular contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and other officials. So far, we have been advised that the best and most effective tool for slowing the spread of the virus is social distancing and as a result, since Monday, March 16th, the City of Malden has taken the following measures for at least the next two weeks:
- Malden Public Schools will be closed until further notice. There will be free meals available for ANY Malden student. Breakfast and lunch may be picked up at the same time between the hours of 10 AM – 1 PM (Monday - Friday) at either Malden High School or at the Salemwood School.
- Malden City Hall (both 110 Pleasant Street and 17 Pleasant Street) will be closed to the general public for the next (2) two weeks but will still be conducting business. All departments can be reached by phone and/or email. For a complete list of all available city services, please check the City’s website or call 781-397-7000.
- Online Bill-Pay: The City of Malden offers online bill pay for most transactions. Please utilize the City’s website www.CityofMalden.org which will remain accessible throughout this period.
- Permitting/Code Enforcement: Building, plumbing, electrical, and gas permits may all be obtained via the City’s website. Inspections will occur at the discretion of the Building Commissioner, and only under time sensitive circumstances where we are able to ensure the safety of our staff.
- DPW: The Department of Public Works will remain active during the two-week period, but the DPW offices will be closed to the public.
- The John and Christina Markey Senior Center: The Malden Senior Center will be closed until further notice and all programming suspended. Please contact Director of Human Services & Community Outreach Karen Hayes at 781-397-7144 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information on services and other resources.
- Malden Public Library: The Malden Public Library will be closed for the next two weeks. All programs, events and outside use of meeting rooms have been cancelled until April 9th. Check the Library website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org for online resources.
- All community meetings including City Council and Boards and Commissions are cancelled for a two-week period unless of an emergency nature. The City is currently considering adjusting procedures for public meetings with respect to the Governor’s recent announcement on Open Meeting Law guidelines.
- Public parks and fields are closed to the public except for passive activities. There should be no use of playground equipment and social distancing measures should be followed.
On March 18th, Mayor Christenson did declare a State of Emergency in the City of Malden and the Board of Health has issued an order restricting those types of services where members of the public gather and/or are in close physical contact with staff and other individuals. Per Governor Baker’s order, restaurants and eating establishment are allowed to stay open only for take-out service.
The City will continue to work with the state as well as local health officials. In the meantime, it is imperative that everyone takes precautionary measures for the health of the entire community. Again, please check for regularly updated information on the City website: www.cityofmalden.org or call 781-397-7000. We also recommend that you sign up to receive our alerts.
Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Maria Luise, Mayor’s Office, at email@example.com or Communications Director Ron Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org.