Town Manager Weekly COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020
Please review the following town updates, which have been summarized here for resident convenience.
Glastonbury COVID-19 Figures as of 5/17/2020
As per CT Department of Public Health (DPH) lab testing data available 5/17/20, Glastonbury has 938 residents who have been tested for COVID-19. Of those 938 residents, 250 are laboratory-confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 67 COVID-19-associated deaths to date, 51 of which were in residents over the age of 80. Data from DPH is considered preliminary, and data changes as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. In an ongoing process of data assessment, DPH continues to modify how certain disease-positive lab results are considered, slightly changing some previous counts. As seen in previous weeks, the greatest number of positive cases is seen in age groups 80 years and older. Testing is highest among working age groups between 30 and 69 years of age. A total of 149 females and 101 males are positive. Click here to see real-time updates from the State of Connecticut pertaining to COVID-19 data.
Reopen Connecticut Plans in Motion for State overall and Glastonbury Community
On May 9th, Governor Lamont’s administration announced the details of the first phase of reopening the state. A document outlining safety protocols for businesses who may elect to reopen as early as May 20th, (restaurants, offices, etc.) is now available here on the state of Connecticut website. In response to the onset of this phased approach, Town of Glastonbury staff have begun discussions to define a short and long term reopening strategy for town operations. All town operating protocols are currently under review and updates will be published to the town website as soon as they are available.
Attention Restaurateurs - Temporary Outdoor Dining Application
Restaurant owners who want to create a NEW outdoor dining area or EXPAND UPON/RELOCATE an existing area will need to complete a Temporary Outdoor Dining Application. Completed applications and supplementary paperwork should be submitted the Community Development Department for review and approval. Please click here to review the application, process, and requirements. Restaurant owners who do NOT need to complete an application (those who already had an outdoor dining area in place before the public health emergency was declared) are still strongly advised to implement the Governor’s guidelines for Restaurants to re-certify before reopening.
Reopen CT Guidelines for Other Sectors:
- Museums and Zoos (Outdoor Only)
- Retail & Malls
- Hair Salons – Although hair salons were originally part of the first (May 20) phase of Reopen CT, the Governor issued an update on 5/18 to extend their opening to early June to align with Rhode Island. Read the Governor’s press release here.
Marriage Licenses – Appointment form
The Town Clerk is processing marriage licenses BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and a new request form is now available on the town website. Please click here to request a marriage license appointment. All requests will be answered and appointments scheduled in the order in which they were received. If you have any questions, or are unable to submit the web form, please contact the Town Clerk's office at (860) 652-7616 or email@example.com.
Transfer Station and Bulky Waste Accepting All Standard Items Beginning May 26th
Effective Tuesday, May 26, the Bulky Waste Facility and Transfer Station will begin accepting all standard materials again with applicable fees and permits as outlined in the Waste Disposal Guidelines. While the facilities will continue to operate under reduced schedules, all materials typically accepted at each facility will again be permissible. This update supersedes all previous updates regarding limitations on acceptable items at these facilities.
Before visiting the facilities, please note:
- Face masks/coverings and social distancing are required at all times at the facilities.
- Please provide exact change for any cash transactions whenever possible to minimize social contact.
- New Refuse Permit issuance (purchase) remains SUSPENDED until further notice. Residents who do NOT currently have a permit may dispose of items for the applicable fee (proof of residency required). Click here to learn more.
- Town facilities will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. While town facilities are currently closed to the public, staff will not be working on the holiday.
- Face Masks Available for Residents in Need – Visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/mask to request a mask using our online form. Masks are NOT designed to replace other preventative measures and wearers should continue to practice social distancing and heed all CDC guidelines – e.g. hand washing.
- Tax Deferment Program Approved – The final day to pay the July tax installment without interest is October 1, 2020. Click here to review eligibility and application requirements.
- Submit Public Comment or Written testimony Electronically using the following links:
- May is Mental Health Awareness month – A free weekly speaker series on a variety of mental health topics is being offered this month on Zoom through YFS. Click here to learn more.
Donate or Volunteer
- Donate to Glastonbury Gives – This program funds the Food/Fuel banks and other town assistance programs. Visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/glastonburygives for more information and ways to contribute (Donations are tax deductible.)
- General Volunteer Work - To discuss volunteer opportunities to help your neighbors in need, please contact Glastonbury Social Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mask Making - If you would like to volunteer to help make cloth face masks for residents in need, or if you are able to donate mask making supplies, please contact Anna Park at email@example.com.
- Grocery Services and resources are available to residents in need. Click here to view options.
- Legal notices will be posted online until further notice at www.glastonbury-ct.gov/legalnotice.
- A variety of virtual programs, fitness classes, and ways to stay engaged while safe at home are available on the town website at www.glastonbury-ct.gov/stayengaged.
Quick Links for COVID-19 updates related to:
- Glastonbury - www.glastonbury-ct.gov/covid19.
- State of Connecticut COVID-19 updates, visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus
- The following reports are provided by the Governor’s office. To receive these reports and all updates from his office, click here to subscribe to his email service.
Richard J. Johnson, Town Manager