Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo announced in a release Wednesday around 5:00pm that the Greenwich Senior Center/Arts Center at 299 Greenwich Avenue will be closed to the public, until further notice.
The Town also is complying with Governor Ned Lamont’s order that all nursing homes be closed to visitors, including The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home.
Two cases of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, have been diagnosed in Connecticut and more than 100 in neighboring Westchester County. None have been reported in Greenwich.
The closure impacts all activities held by the Greenwich Commission on Aging at the Senior Center – including the daily lunch program for seniors, as well as the Greenwich Arts Council and its member groups.
“We have been working closely with the Greenwich Health Department and it is with an abundance of care and caution that this decision has been made to protect our more vulnerable residents,” Mr. Camillo said in the release. “We know that older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are especially vulnerable and we have made the difficult decision to preemptively close 299 on the Ave.”
To reduce the risk of exposure, Mr. Camillo urges all residents who may feel ill, to stay home. “Do not go to the doctor or the hospital emergency room. Please call your doctor or the emergency room for guidance,” Mr. Camillo said.
He reminded residents that avoiding large crowds and washing hands after coming in contact with touchable devices and surfaces also will decrease the chance of contracting this and or any other virus.
“The Town continues to monitor all operations and is reviewing future events as well so that adjustments may be made as necessary and in an orderly manner,” Mr. Camillo said. “I continue to be in communication with my fellow chief elected officials in our neighboring communities, as well with our state officials.”