Welcome from The Chair ... Nancy Schoen
We are now almost halfway through November and are approaching the holiday season. Like many other things in 2020 our holidays will be very different than they have been in the past. Due to the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, many holiday gatherings, performances and celebrations will be held virtually. In response to the high number of cases, Massachusetts Governor Baker has issued some new guidelines for businesses, restaurants and performance venues. These new guidelines are designed to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and to hopefully prevent the need for another lockdown in our state.
Although the cooler weather and additional restrictions are a challenge it is amazing to see the creativity in the Franklin community. Several Franklin restaurants are now moving most of their dining indoors, rearranging indoor spaces to accommodate social distancing requirements. Others are continuing to offer outdoor dining in tents with outdoor patio heaters. The recent warm weather enabled many more diners to enjoy a lovely outdoor meal.
The Franklin Public Schools community was excited to see the students gradually return to school. The Franklin elementary and middle schools began “in person” instruction in October. The high school students are continuing to attend school remotely, but will hopefully begin the “hybrid model” of instruction on November 16th. The high school music students produced a Chamber Music concert on November 5th which was broadcast via livestream. Seventy middle school band students from all three middle schools practiced together remotely and then performed a mini concert virtually.
As you begin your holiday preparations and shopping please remember to “Keep it Local” and support the many wonderful businesses right here in Franklin!