PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2020 Update on COVID-19 in Greenwich
Here is an update from First Selectman Fred Camillo on the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of our residents. To lead by example for social distancing, we continue to issue these updates electronically. The updates also will be posted on the Town website’s dedicated page (www.greenwichct.gov/covid19) for COVID-19 information.
There are 755 Greenwich residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greenwich Health Department Director Caroline Baisley. That represents 4 more cases than the 751 reported on Monday, May 18.
Greenwich Hospital reports that today, Wednesday, May 20, there are 20 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in several different Hospital units. So far, 494 patients have been discharged from the Hospital and continue their recuperation at home. There have been 6,715 people have been tested at the Hospital outpatient test site with 1,873 testing positive. These numbers reflect patients who live in Greenwich as well as those from other municipalities in Connecticut and in Westchester County.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 45 Greenwich residents have died from the COVID-19 virus, as of Wednesday, May 20.
REOPENING TOWN HALL
Greenwich Town Hall will REOPEN June 1. The building will be reopened to visitors on an appointment-only basis. Appointments - available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – must be made in advance with individual departments. Walk-ins will NOT be permitted.
Visitors will be greeted at the front door by the individual with whom they have an appointment. Visitors must wear face masks to gain entry to the building. As operations begin to resume at Town Hall, residents are encouraged to continue to conduct business online or via telephone.
Employees will receive training in sanitizing work stations, proper social distancing and safety protocols, as well as cloth face masks, next Wednesday through Friday, May 27 - May 29.
Town Hall meeting and conference rooms will remain closed for meetings. Town Boards and Commissions will continue to conduct meetings VIRTUALLY until further notice.
The Greenwich Senior Center – 299 On The Ave, as well as the Greenwich Library system and the Perrot Memorial Library remain CLOSED until further notice.
Reopening of local businesses
Details on how local businesses, including restaurants, can reopen safely and in accordance with Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Orders, have been released by Director of Planning and Zoning Katie DeLuca.
Planning and zoning officials along with First Selectman Camillo, Police, Fire, Public Works and Risk Management department representatives continue to meet as they finalize plans for expanded outdoor dining opportunities for restaurants.
Information – including details on how to obtain temporary outdoor dining certificates - can be found on this dedicated Planning and Zoning webpage.
Enforcement of parking meters, daily parking fees at commuter lots, two-hour timed and 24-hour parking restrictions remain suspended until further notice. The Parking Services Department will continue to enforce laws regarding no parking zones, fire hydrants, crosswalks and handicapped parking spaces.
Skate Park Update
The Greenwich Skate Park will REOPEN Saturday, May 23, weather permitting. The park will be open Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 7 p.m., and 12:30 to 7 p.m. on weekends. To ensure social distancing, face masks will be required and a maximum of eight (8) skateboarders will be allowed at one time. Tickets may be purchased ONLINE. Details on admission and operating procedures can be found here.
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Update
Hours of play have been EXPANDED at The Griff. Effective today, May 20, hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pro shop is now open to allow customers inside the facility. There is a maximum limit of eight (8) people, including staff. Details on playing at The Griff can be found here.
Other resources for residents and businesses and other helpful tips:
For inquiries, please contact Executive Assistant to the First Selectman Barbara Heins at firstname.lastname@example.org.