WESTPORT, CT — Westport Town Hall continues “to closed to walk-in services,” and residents are urged to keep wearing face coverings and physically distance as Westport and the state continue to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19).

First Selectman Jim Marpe issued an update Monday on the town’s efforts against the virus, and reminded residents about the town’s “I Love Westport” campaign on YouTube. See one of the videos below.

According to state health officials, Westport had 315 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Monday, and the town’s virus-related death toll stood at 23.

Below is Marpe’s announcement:

Town Facilities

As part of our continuing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, Town Hall and indoor Town facilities continue to be closed to walk-in services. All town services are being conducted on-site or remotely and telephones and emails are monitored. Appointments may be made on an as-needed basis. If you have a matter that requires resolution by town staff, please use the staff directory on the website (www.westportct.gov/directory) to call or email the office, and kindly allow adequate time for a response. The possibility of conducting in-person public meetings in the future is being explored. In the meantime, public meetings of the Boards and Finance and Selectman, the Representative Town Meeting, Conservation Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals can be viewed on the town’s website (westportct.gov/watch) and Westport TV on Channel 79 (Optimum) and Channel 6020 (Frontier). Public meetings of the Board of Education can be viewed on Channel 78 (Optimum) and Channel 6021 (Frontier).

Masks and Social Distancing

It is imperative that masks are worn while inside or when unable to maintain social distancing in all public spaces. Masks may be removed provided you are with those people who reside in your household and maintaining a six foot distance from others. Any other time, whether you are outside at Compo Beach, on a field, walking on town sidewalks and roadways, or entering an indoor location (including the restrooms at Compo Beach) you must wear a mask. You are protecting yourself, your family and your neighbors when you abide by this rule.

Many residents continue to express concern about the lack of face coverings on individuals that they encounter in public spaces. While it is impossible to know if a group includes only those people who reside in the same household, it is usually obvious when they do not. Gatherings of younger people without face coverings have been observed. I respectfully ask that parents speak to their children about the importance of wearing a mask. We now know that children are not impervious to the virus, and steps must be taken to insure the safety and health of all. Each of us has a personal responsibility to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

I Love Westport Campaign

If you haven’t already seen the #Ilovewestport videos on social media, please go to the town’s website (Westportct.gov/ilovewestport) and view these one minute video vignettes. The #Ilovewestport campaign asks Westporters to make a personal promise to our community to stop the spread of COVID-19. We love our town, so let’s keep our neighbors and our employees healthy. Please make a pledge and share your video at #Ilovewestport.

Statement from the Westport Weston Health District on Connecticut’s Travel Advisory

Given the concerning surge in COVID-19 cases reported in many states across the country, it’s more important than ever to take precautions and pay strict attention to the State’s recent travel advisory. The Westport Weston Health District urges residents to keep up their prevention efforts.

Governor Lamont issued a travel advisory that went into effect on June 25th. Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average is directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This also applies to Connecticut residents who return from those states.

Employers and employees should know that those who test negative for COVID-19 are not subject to the travel advisory. In order to avoid the advisory, any traveler from the restricted states should be tested no sooner than 72 hours prior to departing.

For more information, a listing of restricted states and frequently asked questions, please visit the State’s site https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT

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This article originally appeared on the Westport Patch

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