Minimum Requirements for Bars, Private Clubs, Breweries Etc. to Operate as a Restaurant
July 24,2020

If you are looking to upgrade/convert a Bar into a restaurant in order to open during Phase 3 see the following minimum standards.

May 22, 2020
Our inspectors have resumed most inspections, however COVID-19 related inspections remain our main priority. Please anticipate delays for other inspections. For any complaints or requests contact one of the inspectors, preferably by e-mail, and we will do our best to respond as resources allow. Restaurants and other licensees should see the “Inspection Services” page for reopening information.

Because City Hall remains closed if you need to drop off paperwork that will not fit in the drop box at City Hall contact an inspector to coordinate drop off/delivery

Steve Cipriani –
Tom Hibert –

Twiss Street Transfer Station will remain closed until further notice.

MARCH 18, 2020

The response to the COVID-19 outbreak is currently the main priority for all Health Department Personnel. During the State of Emergency our response times for other issues and complaints will be delayed.

With the exception of emergency situations all Food Service Inspections, Housing Inspections, property maintenance inspections, and Septic Inspections are currently on hold. If you have a situation that you believe cannot wait contact one of the inspectors, preferably by e-mail, and we will do our best to respond as resources allow.

Steve Cipriani –
Tom Hibert –

Twiss Street Transfer Station effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.

Because many of the City’s recycling vendors have ceased operations as a result of the Governor’s order to close all non-essential businesses, items brought to the Transfer Station cannot be removed.  Until such time as our vendors are once again able to collect materials at the Transfer Station, we will remain closed.

If you have a general COVID-19 related question visit or 
call Mass 2-1-1. This will reduce the call volume and allow us to respond to more urgent calls.

MARCH 16, 2020

The Westfield Health Department continuously monitors and responds to the outbreak of Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. The Department receives regular updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As recently as yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker announced new legislation that

Suspends Elementary and Secondary Schools operation until April 6.

Also, Governor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 25 individuals and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants until April 6.

At this time we continue to do everything possible locally to prevent the spread of this virus. All residents must be diligent about avoiding contact with people who are sick and take everyday precautions as preventative actions:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

The Health Department will also be conducting investigations into all confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the City. This will further ensure that we are able to identify contacts and monitor their status.

We will also be in contact with residents who are under self-quarantine requirements to confirm that the proper procedures and protocols are being adhered to.  

I encourage all residents to stay home as much as possible and to learn more about COVID-19 by visiting:

Joseph Rouse
Director of Public Health
Westfield Health Department


The mission of the Health Department is to ensure the public health and safety of the residents of Westfield by accomplishing the following:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Health Inspections and related code enforcement
  • Administration of a variety of health and safety related programs and service


The department is overseen by a three member Board of Health. The members are as follows:
  • Juanita Carnes, N.P., Chairperson
  • Margaret Doody
  • Dr. Stan D. Strzempko, M.D.

Health Department News

Limiting the amount of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) we put down the drain can be beneficial for everyone. Please read more on how preventing FOG from entering our city sewers, and septic systems can save residents money.

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