Greenwich Guidelines for a Safe 4th of July Holiday during Covid-19; Outdoor Dining Extended til 11pm Nightly

Greenwich Covid-19 Data as of July 1, 2020

As of Wednesday, July 1, there were 836 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Department Director Caroline Baisley. That represents 12 more than reported a week ago on June 24.

According to Baisley, there is concern that the most recent cases in Greenwich have been in the 20-40-year-old age group.

While the State is allowing for outdoor gatherings of 25 people, and indoor dining in restaurants, it is imperative that residents remember that face masks need to be worn when social distancing of six feet is not possible. Frequent hand-washing also is advised.

Greenwich Hospital reports that as of Wednesday, July 1, there are not any COVID-19 positive patients being treated in the Hospital.

So far, 583 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home.

This is the first time since March 13 that Greenwich Hospital has not had a COVID-positive patient.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 50 Greenwich residents have died from the COVID-19 virus, as of Tuesday, June 30.

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend here, residents are offered public health guidelines for planning events.

If you’re attending or hosting a barbecue:
• Have everyone bring their own food and plastic utensils.
• Food should go directly from the grill to a person’s plate, not a big tray of food.
• Different households are encouraged to sit together, separately from others.

Whether you are heading to the beach, a pool, or dining out, wear your mask and stay at least six feet apart from those not in your household.

Bring your own disinfectant wipes to clean shared chairs or pool toys.

And if you or your holiday guests are traveling from one of the states that have been identified as high infection rate states, Connecticut has issued an advisory that you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Image from State of CT Health Dept.

A negative COVID-19 test result does not mean the quarantine advisory can be ignored as the incubation period can last up to 10 or more

Parking Enforcement to be Reinstated
The collection of all Town of Greenwich parking related fees will be reinstated, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020. Metered locations are enforced Monday through Saturday between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

During these time frames, parking on Greenwich Avenue and other locations, as posted, is limited to two-hour sessions. Those needing
to park for longer durations are encouraged to use one of the many long-term / 12-hour parking lots situated throughout Town.

Parks & Recreation updates
The pool at Byram Park is now open for swimming. There is reduced capacity for pool admissions to ensure social distancing on the pool deck.
Ferry service to Island Beach and Great Captain’s Island resumed on Monday, June 29.

There will be hourly service, daily, to Island Beach. The ferry to Great Captain’s Island will follow the schedule that was previously published on the Town website.

Residents are reminded to plan ahead as there will be reduced capacity on all ferries so that social distancing protocols can be followed. Please bring a face mask not only for your protection but for that of your fellow Town residents and for Town employees.

For ferry schedule updates, residents may call 203-618-7672.

Hours extended for dining establishments

First Selectman Fred Camillo and Town Planner Katie DeLuca worked with the Governor’s office and have announced that dining establishments with outdoor dining permits may extend hours of operation.

Permitted dining establishments may remain open until 11:00pm. all week long.

Outdoor dining at Terra on Greenwich Ave. Photo: Leslie Yager

Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
• For residents with questions about COVID-19, please call the Greenwich Health Department’s phone lines: 203-622 -7865; 203-622-7703; 203-622-7614; 203-622-7842 and 203-622-7836.

• If you are concerned about an activity or a group not following COVID-19
protocols, please call the Greenwich Police Department’s non-emergency phone number: 203-622-8004.

Also, as of Wednesday, July 1, Connecticut resumed collection of the 10¢ fee for single use plastic bags. This fee was temporarily suspended in March.