Greenwich Town Hall to Shut Down Monday; Town Golf Course to Close Sunday

First Selectman Fred Camillo is closing Town Hall to employees, effective at 10:00am Monday, March 23, 2020, remaining in effect through April 22, in accordance to the order issued by Governor Ned Lamont.

Employees are expected to work from home and be available by phone and email during business hours.

Department Heads and Supervisors will provide guidance and responsibilities to employees based on operational needs. Given the unprecedented fluidity of this situation, expectations and operations may change at any time.

So that employees are able to telecommute Town Hall will be open to employees only Monday morning from 7:00am to 10:00am to retrieve the items necessary to be able to telecommute.

At 10:00am, access to the building will be limited to department heads only and Health Department employees.

• All Police and Fire sworn personnel, including Public Safety Dispatch, will continue to work their assigned schedules.
• DPW’s Sewer Division will continue to staff its operations, adjusting staff levels to the extent possible, based upon its needs.
• To help reduce the public exposure to the coronavirus, the Holly Hill Transfer Station will be open. We ask that all users abide by traffic arrangements and staff direction to maintain proper distancing. If you can wait to come to Holly Hill, please do so!
• The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course will close at the close of business, Sunday, March 22, 2020.
• The Parks & Recreation Dept will continue to staff its operations at Town parks and beaches, and monitor attendance.

As of Friday March 20, 2020, there were approximately 25 cases reported in Greenwich.

As of Saturday morning, Greenwich Hospital reports their tests have returned 64 positives with nine Greenwich residents testing positive.

Fourteen patients are 14 hospitalized. These people come from all over the state as well as Westchester County. As more testing is available, more are expected to test positive.

The Health Department will continue to receive residents’ calls and answer concerns on designated phone lines: 203-622 -7865, 203-622-7703, 203-622-7614, 203-622-7842 and 203-622-7836. For more information on limited services during this time please visit the Department of Health’s webpage.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or healthcare facility before visiting.

Mr. Camillo also reminds residents to maintain social-distancing of at least six (6) feet and not to congregate in groups of more than five (5) people. There are many reports of groups gathering for pick-up games and athletics in various parks and fields, and gatherings at the beaches.

Group of soccer players at Eastern Middle School Saturday, March 21, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager

Nobody in the closed playground at Binney Park. March 21, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager

Nobody in the closed playground at Binney Park. March 21, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager

Visitors to Tod's Point practiced social distancing on the beach. March 21, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager

Visitors to Tod’s Point practiced social distancing on the beach. March 21, 2020 Photo: Leslie Yager

“If there continues to be an issue with groups gathering in the parks and beaches, I will close all of those facilities as well,” Camillo added.

Greenwich Police remind residents that if they are experiencing mild symptoms of illness and are not in a high risk group that you contact your personal physician rather than call 911.

If you have mild symptoms, do not go to the emergency room before contacting your doctor for direction. If you have any serious symptoms, please do not hesitate to call 911. Please save 911 for real emergencies.

Other resources for residents:
• For those residents experiencing challenges with food, finances, and living arrangements, please call the Department of Human Services at 203-622-3800.
• In addition to social distancing protocols, residents are encouraged to review CDCguidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
• If you experience price gouging, please contact the State Attorney General’s Office which has a dedicated phone line and website to collect information: 860-808-5318 or online at https://www.dir.ct.gov/ag/complaint/

If you have questions about COVID-19, call 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644), or check the website: https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19.aspx