As we continue to face the impacts of the COVID-19 virus, the Town’s infection rate continues to rise. As of yesterday, May 14, we are now showing 23 confirmed cases, which is relatively high compared to our neighboring communities. I have reached out to the Farmington Valley Health District regarding the number of cases, and their response stated that a little less than 2% of the population of Barkhamsted has been tested, similar to the percentage tested in the rest of the FVHD area. They also said that many the individuals that have tested positive work in a healthcare setting in some capacity or are in the same household as someone that works in a healthcare setting. The message obviously is that we all need to continue to take necessary precautions to keep ourselves, our families, and our neighbors healthy.
It is also important to note that the Governor is allowing certain businesses to re-open on May 20, but with specific guidelines. Connecticut businesses eligible to open on or soon after May 20 are required to self-certify to demonstrate they understand and will comply with COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the state. Businesses under Phase 1 of Connecticut reopening plans include:
- Restaurants (outdoor dining only)
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Retail and malls
- Museums and zoos
I am including information from David Lehman, Commissioner of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, so that you as patrons can see what businesses that are reopening are supposed to do and so that the businesses in town can be aware of the rules.,
"As a follow up to last week’s release of the reopening rules, businesses and non-profits planning to open on May 20 (or during Phase 1) must certify with the state that they understand and will comply with these rules. The rules were developed by public health officials and the business community and include detailed information about physical distancing, hygiene, sanitizing, personal protective equipment (PPE), scheduling, and training. They were designed to protect employees and customers and begin the reopening of our state as safely and efficiently as possible."
Sector Rules and Certification for May 20th Reopen
Please note all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20th. The certification system can be accessed here.
And again, as always, please stay safe and healthy.