North Hempstead Coronavirus: Facilities Remain Temporarily Closed

Nikki Gaskins

This article originally appeared on the Port Washington Patch

NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NY—To minimize the spread of the coronavirus, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth has announced that all town facilities will continue to remain closed to the public until Monday, April 20.

While all town buildings and parks are currently closed to the public, essential services continue to operate as the town maintains the continuity of government with many of its employees working remotely, Bosworth said. She also added that the town's 311 call center remains open to callers seven days a week.

"It is imperative that residents refrain from gathering together in large groups as we attempt to flatten the curve here in North Hempstead and across Long Island," Supervisor Bosworth said. “To that end, we will continue to close town facilities to the public as a necessary precautionary measure to protect the health and welfare of everyone in our town."

All town parks including playgrounds, sports fields, and bathrooms remain closed to the public. This also includes town beaches and the town dock.

All department of community services' programming will remain canceled through May 16. These closures will help prevent the gathering of large groups and congregation of people in close proximity to each other, Bosworth said.

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Additionally, the town will be closing the Sunday residential drop off at the North Hempstead transfer station through April 26.

The Office of the Receiver of Taxes has also temporarily suspended in-person services in an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Residents are asked to make tax payments through the online payment system or through mail.

There will also be no local community tax collection sites this spring, town officials said. Residents may pay their taxes online at northhempsteadny.gov/Tax-Payments.

According to Supervisor Bosworth, the town has also requested Gov. Cuomo to
extend the deadline to pay the second half 2019-2020 school property tax deadline past
May 11. The town is currently awaiting the governor's decision.

The Department of Services for the Aging's (DOSA) programming remains canceled. The department is continuing to answer all services requests, and book taxi rides for food and medical transportation. Nurses and Social workers will continue to connect with residents to provide vital services such as mental health initiatives, meals on wheels, entitlements, as well as providing over-the-phone wellness checks.

The town is reminding residents who suspect that they have COVID-19 to avoid calling 911 or going to the hospital unless their symptoms are severe. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment to be tested, residents are asked to contact their healthcare
provider or the New York State coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Town officials also encourage residents to check in any neighbors who they believe may be vulnerable or are not receiving notifications and updates.