A message from the First Selectman regarding COVID19

Dear Willington Residents,

The Town of Willington is monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are engaged in communications with local and state public health and safety officials.  At this time, most normal government operations will continue.  However, certain public events may be canceled or postponed as this event unfolds.  The health of our residents, staff, and families is a top priority.  To be proactive, I am declaring a Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency, as this situation is ever-changing and we would like to be ahead of the curve as needs arise.   

For updated information on COVID-19 please visit the State of Connecticut's website at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Please note that we are implementing the following protocols in response to COVID-19 out of caution:

For our Willington community:

•  Please do not panic.  Out of an abundance of caution, Willington has declared a Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency.  We recognize that the majority of people will be okay, but we are taking action to protect our most vulnerable citizens who are at higher risk.  These include those age 70 or older, and/or those with chronic conditions or weakened immune systems.  If you fall into one of these categories, you are strongly encouraged not to attend meetings or events with large numbers of people. 

•  We are working to increase our cleaning procedures for all municipal facilities including raising the frequency and intensity of disinfection. Common touchpoints such as doorknobs and handles shall receive special attention.

•  The Senior Center and Library will be temporarily closed to the public, beginning March 14, until further notice.  The Town Office Building will remain open for business as usual but will be practicing a “Social Distancing Protocol”.  Social Distancing means employees will maintain at a 6’ distance between themselves and members of the public while conducting Town business as much as possible.  All Fire/Ambulance and Emergency personnel will remain in place and respond as required. Access to some other Town facilities may have limited access for the public. All offices will remain accessible by telephone or email. 

•  Please reconsider attending large gatherings.  This situation is constantly evolving.  Right now, the guidance from the State of Connecticut stipulates that you are to avoid gatherings of 100 people or more, but this number is ever-changing.  If you are planning to attend an event where you will be in close proximity to many other people, please consider skipping it.

We are recommending the following controls to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in our workplaces and schools:

•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•  You should stay home when you are sick.

•  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•  Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

•  Obtain a flu vaccine.

We will continue to provide updates on this evolving situation. Again, for more information on COVID-19 please visit the State of Connecticut's website at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Click here to view the Declaration of Public Health and Civil Preparedness

Sincerely,

Erika G. Wiecenski                            
First Selectman                                                            
Town of Willington