GREENWICH, CT — The new coronavirus outbreak in Connecticut and across the nation is having vast impacts in Greenwich, including the closure of schools and many businesses. The number of cases of the illness caused by the virus, also referred to as COVID-19, continue to rise and additional measures and closures continue to be announced.
The governor has declared a 'Stay Safe, Stay Home' program. All non-life-sustaining businesses in Connecticut have been closed. (To sign up for Greenwich breaking news alerts and more, click here.)
As of Thursday, there were 1,012 positive cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, including 55 confirmed cases in Greenwich, according to numbers released by town officials late Thursday afternoon. State number also released Thursday afternoon, however, list Greenwich as having 57 confirmed cases of the virus.
During a press update late Thursday afternoon, First Selectman Fred Camillo said he was unsure of the exact number, but it was "either 55 or 57."
A total of 21 people in Connecticut have died as a result of COVID-19. >>>See statewide updates and news here
Here are the latest local updates from Greenwich:
Greenwich officials have taken a number of steps to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. On Sunday, March 22, Camillo ordered all town parks and beaches closed to the public until further notice.
The closure includes but is not limited to tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, ball fields, school grounds and open spaces. Bathrooms at all recreational facilities are also closed.
The 10th annual Greenwich Town Party has been postponed "after careful consideration" to protect the "health, safety and best interests" of residents, event partners and musicians, event officials recently announced. The celebration, originally scheduled to be held Saturday, May 23, will now be moved to a yet to be determined Saturday in August.
Gov. Ned Lamont recently said schools would not re-open until April 20 at the earliest. In an update sent to families Tuesday, Superintendent Toni Jones said the district is continuing with distance learning and is also considering shortening the upcoming spring break, scheduled for April 10-19, to make up for lost time.
Train Station Building Closure
At the request of Metro-North Railroad and with the concurrence of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Greenwich Train Station building is closed to the public indefinitely, effective at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 24.
This decision was made because the waiting room has an elevator, which does not allow for the minimum of six feet for safe social distancing, according to Camillo. An advisory will be posted on the building doors to direct patrons to the Track 4 side of the complex. Patrons needing elevator access to Track 3, should utilize the pedestrian bridge crossing.
The town-operated stations in Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich remain closed to the public. These building closures do not impact train schedules.
"As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, it is imperative that we deploy any measure which will help reduce the virus infection," Camillo said in a statement. "I recognize the inconvenience to anyone who is using the railroad system. At this point, I expect the disruption will be minimal because of the governor's order closing so many non-essential businesses."
Camillo urges residents to help support local businesses who continue to operate. The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce has compiled a listing of food-related businesses that are offering take-out and delivery services, which can be found here.
He also reminded residents to practice the recommended six-foot social distancing whether shopping or outdoors.
COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.
Here are other important updates regarding the virus in Greenwich:
- Greenwich Coronavirus Updates: Budget Meetings Rescheduled
- Coronavirus Greenwich: Hospital Readies For Influx Of Patients
- Greenwich Film Festival To Hold Inaugural Virtual Festival
- Coronavirus Greenwich: Restaurant Launches Employee Relief Fund
- Coronavirus Greenwich: Schools Consider Shortening Spring Break
- Coronavirus Greenwich: Town Party Postponed
- Greenwich Coronavirus: All Town Parks And Beaches To Close
- Coronavirus Greenwich: Libraries Closed Until Further Notice