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Important Update on COVID

Posted on
November 16, 2020
by
Town Hall
This is an important update based on the fact that there has been a significant increase in COVID cases throughout the state.  

Barkhamsted is now in the “orange” zone because of our positivity rate calculated to be 11.8/cases per 100,000 population.  We had 6 cases in the last two weeks, plus one this week, and that is averaged over a two week period and extrapolated up from our town’s population.  The color categories are a warning to a community and its residents that they need to take extra precautions due to their positive number of cases. 

However, for our town, there is also good news with the school re-opening.  Jim Agostine, the Barkhamsted School superintendent has sent out a newsletter that describes the steps they have taken, which has resulted in a successful school re-opening.  Please click here to read his newsletter. Similarly, Region 7 has had a very successful start to the school year.

Town Hall hours and the rules for conducting business will be changing and I will send out an update on that subject next week. 

There are major changes in the State rules, due to the State’s increase in cases.  The Governor has reversed the guidance from Phase 3 back to Phase 2 with a few modifications.  

The current rules are specified in the link below:

Here are a few of the key rules contained in the guidance:

·         People are being asked to stay at home between 10:00PM and 5:00 AM.  

·         Masks and Face Coverings: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7NNN, masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required to be worn when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition.

·         Also effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6th, the following business sectors will be subject to a 10:00 p.m. closing time 7 days per week.


·         Restaurants (last service for in-person dining at 9:30 p.m., although takeout and delivery may continue)


·         Entertainment and recreation venues (e.g. movie theaters, bowling alleys, performing arts theaters)


·         Indoor and outdoor events at commercial venues

Also in effect is that the capacity at commercial venues for social gatherings is 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.  For gatherings at private residences, the cap both indoors and outdoors is reduced to 10 people.

Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 9I, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.  The map with the list of states is available at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel

If you feel you need testing due to a concern that you have contracted the virus, please go to https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus and put your zip code in the tan box in the upper right hand corner.  That will provide more information on the sites near you that can provide a COVID test.

Please call me town hall or send an email if you have questions.  The town hall number is 860-379-8285 and my email is dstein@barkhamsted.us