First Selectman Says 'Shop Local' Beginning May 20

Ellyn Santiago

GUILFORD, CT — In an update for the community, First Selectman Matt Hoey said that Guilford currently has 91 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and 7 have died.

And with a planned statewide reopening slate for May 20, Hoey said, "I urge all of you, as we move forward, and in accordance with your personal comfort level, to 'Shop Local' and support our local businesses, so that they can remain in business, and keep our community vital."

Hoey said he and his staff are working on plans to "safely reopen town offices and buildings."

"You will likely see some changes to our usual operations, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we work through some new procedures," Hoey said. "Please remember that the safety of our residents and our staff is the paramount reason for these modifications."

Here's the rest of his statement:

As I look out onto the Green from my office, I am reminded of how fortunate we all are to live in a town with so many beautiful resources. As we move to reopening, and to enjoying these resources, I remind you all to protect yourselves and your neighbors by using face coverings, whether you are shopping downtown, out for hike on one of scenic trails, or in any situation where you may not be able to safely remain six feet from other passersby. To clear up some confusion related to masks, the Governor’s Executive Order requires people to wear masks when unable to maintain the mandated six-foot separation.

Please abide by the rules for the use of our recreational facilities and continue to comply with social distancing policies, rigorous hand washing and the wearing of masks in accordance with guidelines.
Lastly, for the safety of all our residents, please properly dispose of masks and gloves.
Thank you and stay well.
Matt Hoey

This article originally appeared on the Guilford Patch