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The Town Manager and staff attended the North Central District Health Department’s Corona Virus Public Health Briefing at 9:30 this morning with other member towns. Immediately thereafter, the Town Manager’s Corona Virus working group convened.
After receiving updates and in consultation with Patrice Sulik, the Director of the North Central District Health Department, Chris Drezek, the Superintendent of Enfield Public Schools, Mayor Michael Ludwick and the Enfield Town Council, our Emergency Management Director Steve Hall, and other Town Government officials, the Town Manager has issued a Declaration of State of Emergency pursuant to the Governor’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency on March 10, 2020.
In the interest of public safety and public health and in consultation with the same officials, the Town of Enfield will be closing the Central Library, Pearl Street Library, Senior Center and Recreation Department indefinitely to help minimize the spread of the COVID 19 virus. This will be effective as of 5 PM Thursday, March 12, 2020. All three of these facilities are popular gathering points for people in the community, especially those that are most vulnerable to the virus.
The library is enhancing its collection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks through the Overdrive and Hoopla platforms so that material will still be available remotely. Reference and research services will still be available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Library patrons are welcome to return books to the book drop, but if they choose not to, they will not be charged fines.
Meals on Wheels will continue to be run out of the Senior Center for as long as CRT is able to provide the meals. We are working on a “grab and go” system for residents who usually take advantage of CRT’s congregate meals. If you currently use this service, please call the Senior Center at 860-763-7425 for more details.
Lastly, if you are able to conduct your town business remotely, please strive to do so. Please visit our website: www.enfield-ct.gov or call (860) 253-6300 to see if you can do your business remotely.
While we know these actions will cause some concern and inconvenience, we have a responsibility and obligation to protect both our residents and employees from the COVID-19 virus. As the situation evolves and more information becomes available, we will update and disseminate that information through our social media and press releases. Please continue to check our website, follow us at Enfield Town Manager and Enfield Emergency Management on Facebook and @EnfieldTM on Twitter.
We thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.