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4/1/20 - COVID-19 Update from First Selectman Jim Marpe

Post Date:04/01/2020 2:30 PM

The Westport Weston Health District http://wwhd.org/ and the State of Connecticut https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus have updated facts and figures.

This is a trying time for everyone.  Please be as patient as possible and recognize that we must be united (apart) in our collective mindset to stem the spread of this virus. Residents should be self-isolating and maintaining “virus distancing” everywhere. Stores and certain businesses remain open to insure that food and essentials are available to the public. All other activities where people may congregate in groups must be avoided. This includes all town beaches, parks, athletic fields and facilities. Note that Weston and surrounding towns have closed all of their parks facilities as well.  Do not go to other towns. We implore you to be good neighbors, do not congregate at athletic fields, town parks or facilities for any reason. Please do your part – self-isolate and maintain virus distancing at all times.

As of today, dogs are not allowed on Town beaches. Keep your dogs on leash everywhere in public spaces and maintain 6-foot distancing at all times. DO NOT allow dogs off leash in any park or the entirety of Winslow Park.                                      

The WWHD has increased its efforts to enforce proper hygiene procedures in all food service establishments.  If anyone notices a business not following the proper protocols, please contact the Westport Weston Health District at (203) 227-9571.

Census Day

Today is Census Day.  By now residents should have received a census mailer informing them that the Census is available online for input.  As residents are at home, it is a good time to participate, fill out your survey and get counted.  During the COVID-19 crisis, we should all be reminded how important it is that Westport is represented.

Transfer Station

While the Transfer Station remains open, Transfer Station personnel may not come into contact with either individuals or refuse brought to the station by residents.  They will not be assisting residents with the removal or disposal of solid waste from vehicles.  Residents should not bring bulky waste items that require uploading assistance and should keep these items at home until this protocol is lifted

Residents MAY NOT congregate, must maintain 6-foot distancing and exit the facility immediately after they have disposed of their solid waste. If possible, limit trips to the station.  If you must use the Transfer Station, please be patient and mindful of the town personnel and other residents.

Town Meetings

Upcoming elected bodies meetings will be held electronically, live streamed on www.westportct.gov, and broadcast on Westport’s Optimum Government Access Channel 79 and Frontier Channel 6020 or held via telephone conference.

Town Services

Town Hall and Town offices remain closed to the public.  Essential staff remains on-site utilizing alternating work schedules with some staff working remotely. Please allow additional time for responses to phone calls or e-mails.  The most efficient way of contacting town personnel is via e-mail.  Directory available at www.westportct.gov.

There is a drop box at the rear entrance to Town Hall. All items received at Town Hall, including drop box items, US Mail and overnight packages are being accepted, but there is a 36-hour hold before opening and processing. Please take this process into consideration when mailing or dropping off any documents. DO NOT DROP OFF CASH or P&Z Applications.

The Tax Collector reminds residents to include coupons, contact information and / or instructions with all tax payments. 

The Town Clerk reminds those who are dropping off documents for land recording and time sensitive liens that there will be a 36-hour hold before processing.

Westport Weston Probate Court will accept documents at the Drop Box. That office remains open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays with limited staff conducting hearings via telephone and video.  Call 203-341-1100 with any questions for the Probate Court.

For updates, please check the Town website at www.westportct.gov/covid19

or #Westportctcovid19info. 

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