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UPDATE: COVID-19 in Westport

Post Date:03/13/2020 5:15 PM

The COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve rapidly and First Selectman Jim Marpe provided the following updates:

The Westport Weston Health District reminded residents today that “Social gatherings, large and small are discouraged until the virus has run its course. Those who continue to congregate without appropriate personal protective equipment and do not diligently practice the simple protective measures of washing hands, etc., are the ones who will be getting sick.”

In addition, the Board of Education issued the following statement: “We need everyone to understand: we and districts throughout the area have closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. We strongly recommend our families practice social distancing while our students and faculty remain out of school. We understand the impulse to get together but even small gatherings – even having ‘just a couple of close friends’ over, even with people you and your children have spent a lot of time with – undermine the efficacy of our community-wide effort to slow transmission of disease.” This advice extends to those college-age students who may be back home from school.

At this time, the Town does not intend to impose a mandatory quarantine, but strongly encourages self-isolation for everyone.  For the benefit of all our residents, neighbors and friends, anyone who believes they may have come into contact with COVID-19 must self-isolate.

Businesses should encourage on-line interaction, social-distancing in their facilities and direct delivery of services. It should be assumed that COVID-19 is everywhere.

Please consider contacting and staying in touch with neighbors or friends who may be particularly vulnerable, keeping social-distancing at the forefront of any interaction. 

The Westport Center for Senior Activities, the Town Hall and the Parks & Recreation Office are closed to the public. These Town facilities will remain closed to the public and public meetings are canceled at least through March 31.

During this time, in an effort to maintain essential services during this shut-down, staff will be available during business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). While departments will have limited staffing, the public may email or leave voicemail messages with specific Town Hall departments. Please allow sufficient time for a response.

The public is also encouraged to utilize the town’s online services, such as paying taxes electronically.

Residents are once again reminded to use the Town of Westport link  www.westportct.gov/covid19 for their official communication for COVID-19 updates and information and the Town Website (www.westportct.gov) to sign up for Nixle alerts, email subscriptions, etc.  Also, please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/westportct.gov) and other social media pages.

We urge everyone to be vigilant, stay at home, and stay informed.

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