Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local & State Announcements & Resources

Newbury’s Emergency Management Director/Police Chief Lucy, Health Agent Deb Rogers and Town Administrator Tracy Blais are in conversations daily with the Mass DPH, CDC and the Mass Municipal Organization.  Substantial Updates will be communicated as necessary, but to review some recent Orders & Press Releases, please visit:

The Governor & Lieutenant Governor and DHCD proudly continue to provide eligible individuals & families with home heating assistance and energy services throughout the Commonwealth. Learn more about the COLD RELIEF/Energy Assistance Programs at:

These are hard times, but no one should have to go hungry. For information on food pantries and meal programs in the Newbury area, please take a look the following…

First Parish Newbury Food Pantry
Transition Newburyport
Pettengill House Food Pantry
Our Neighbor’s Table
Meals on Wheels (Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley/North Shore Elder Services)
* For full information on Meals on Wheels & North Shore Elder Services, check out their Green Book (PDF)
Essex County Hunger Relief
Old South Church Sunday Sandwiches (curbside)
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) 
Project Bread Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333 

Assisted Living is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Their organization creates and publishes unbiased, free web-based resources. They have been featured on the Parkinson’s Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services – Health Finder, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.


Domestic Violence Support and Resources

    • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport is providing virtual support in Survivor Services, including advocacy, counseling, legal assistance and support groups. While social distancing is important during this outbreak, we know that this will be an especially hard time for those who experience domestic violence. We will do everything we can to continue to provide our services to those that need it. Their 24/7 Confidential Hotline is available at (978) 388-1888; (800) 439-0183 (TTY)
    • has published numerous domestic violence programs available across Massachusetts. Please visit for more information.
    • The SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline is (877) 785-2020 (877-521-2601 for TTY).

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Eating Disorder Support and Resources

Legal Help

      • Mass Legal Help is a comprehensive legal self-help resource that helps Massachusetts residents learn about their legal rights.


Emergency Resources

In the event of an emergency situation arising from weather conditions, the library will remain open as long as Newbury Town Hall is open and minimum staffing is met. During the hours that Town Hall is open, the library will maintain its usual daytime schedule.  If Town Hall delays opening or closes due to weather conditions, the library will do the same.

The closing of the library at any other time is at the discretion of the library director based on current or projected road conditions, weather forecasts, health, safety or building concerns.

When Newbury schools are closed or have a delayed opening, any scheduled library programs will be cancelled.  Library users should contact the library or check the library’s web site to see if other programs or Meeting Room bookings have been cancelled.

BE PREPARED: Storm Surge has put together local information (Nbpt. area & North Shore) to help prepare for emergency events. This includes Newburyport Emergency Contacts, Emergency Supplies & Preparation, Utilities & Resources, and Evacuation Plans & Kits. Applicable to residents & business owners. Details at: