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COVID19 Novel Corona Virus Update

Posted on
June 8, 2020
by
Town Hall
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 weeks since I published an update, but fortunately, things have been quiet in town. 

As of yesterday, we have logged 24 confirmed cases and 1 probable, which is down from the count of 26 that the State had been showing for us.  As of last week, we had only 1 active case, which was very good news, and we had no deaths to-date.  Sadly, several of our senior citizens passed away in nursing homes in other towns, but they are counted against the town in which the nursing home is located.

Additionally, Stanclift Cove will be reopening for the season with modified ground rules. Please check the town website at https://www.barkhamsted.us/home/news/update-stanclift-cove-opening to check on the latest status and for more information about purchasing passes.

We have also formed a Long Term Recovery Task Force, co-chaired by Norman Bird and Ray Pech.  This group includes folks from the manufacturing community, retail sector and our local churches, and is dedicated to helping our businesses take advantage of all possible programs to keep their organization financially healthy. We also have been getting PPE for the businesses in Town through the State.

Town Hall employees are assembling goody bags for those essential workers in town who are working in the health care sector, putting themselves at risk every day by working with COVID patients. This is just a small way to say thank you.

From the State:

ContaCT is Connecticut’s statewide voluntary and confidential software system for monitoring the health and wellbeing of people affected by COVID-19. ContaCT will aid Connecticut’s efforts to rapidly scale up our contact tracing efforts and infrastructure to help combat COVID-19 and enable the safe re-opening of the state. The information collected through ContaCT will be used to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community. More information is available at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/ContaCT

As most of you know, the State under the Governor’s direction is reopening businesses, subject to guidelines in the different business sectors.

Phase 1 of Connecticut's Reopen Plan began on May 20, 2020. Here are the sector rules that apply to businesses in this phase.

Phase 2 of Connecticut's Reopen Plan begins on June 17, 2020. Here are the sector rules that apply to businesses in this phase.

Keep Connecticut Safe: Did you visit a business that might be violating a COVID-19 safety requirement? Let us know here.

Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings are limited to 25% of capacity or up to 100 people indoors, and a maximum of 150 people outdoors.

Face Coverings: When in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings are required to be worn. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state's businesses. To make a face covering at home, watch this video from the CDC.

The chart below summarizes the business status as of now.

  • Amusement parks | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Bars | Closed |  
  • Beaches (state) | Open | Following DEEP safety guidelines
  • Beaches (town) | Partially Open | Check with individual town
  • Bowling alleys | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Construction | Open |  
  • DMV | Closed | All deadlines for IDs and other credentials extended 180 days [info]
  • Gyms and Fitness Studios | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops | Partially Open | Must follow sector rules
  • Hotels | Partially Open | Only for first responders and patients until June 17
  • Libraries | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Nail salons | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Manufacturing | Open |  
  • Museums and zoos | Partially Open | Must follow sector rules
  • Offices | Partially Open | 50% capacity, must follow sector rules
  • Retail | Partially Open | Must follow sector rules
  • Restaurants | Partially Open | Open for take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining, following sector rules; Indoor dining begins June 17
  • School (PK-12 regular academic year) | Closed | In-person classes canceled for 2019-20 academic year; Must provide distance learning.
  • School (PK-12 summer) | Closed | Summer school may begin July 6, following certain rules
  • State Campgrounds | Closed | Will reopen July 8; Reservations can be made online beginning June 20
  • State Parks | Open | Following DEEP safety guidelines
  • Summer camps | Closed | Day camps may begin operations June 22
  • Spas | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Tattoo Parlors | Closed | Closed until June 17
  • Theaters | Closed | Closed until June 17

As our local businesses reopen or expand their offerings, if at all please patronize the local merchants or dine at our local restaurants or sandwich shops.

If you need help, please reach out to Town Hall at 860-379-8285.  Your request will be confidential and volunteers can help you with chores you cannot do or should not do. And please stay safe.