New London City Officials, School District, Community Foundation Pull Together to Preserve Health and Safety of Residents
The City of New London is taking a collaborative and unified approach in coordination with community partners and regional health officials to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve the health and safety of residents and public employees as the pandemic runs its course.
The City’s response plan has featured an unprecedented collaborative and coordinated effort, with the City, Superintendent of Schools, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and regional public health leaders working together to inform the public about health threats and to develop enhancements to critical services available.
To prepare New London for the projected increase in COVID-19 cases and to support Governor Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” plan, New London has taken the following actions:
In addition to the steps being taken by the City, Governor Lamont has implemented a number of executive orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the closure of all non-essential workplaces by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd. Essential businesses are defined by the Department of Homeland Security as:
- New London established protocols for public gatherings and board meetings to be conducted over teleconferencing or postponed.
- In order to protect individuals aged 60 or older, the New London Senior Center is closed. Staff remain on-site to provide services for the residents. Meals are being provided by the Thames Valley Council for Community Action’s Meals on Wheels program.
- New London City Hall has limited public access to the probate court on the first floor only.
- The City Finance Office provides a drive-through window to conduct business.
- New London Public Schools are closed as of Monday, March 16th.
- New London Public Schools are providing children with take-out food through the school system on a daily basis.
- The Community Foundation has established the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund (cfect.org/NFNFund), to immediately respond to the needs of those most impacted by the pandemic.
- City Hall and the Mayor's Office are still open by appointment, as well as ODP, City Clerk's Office and the drive thru at Masonic.
To support non-essential businesses during the state-wide shutdown, the City has compiled a list of available resources, including information regarding small business loans and disaster relief, for New London business owners at https://developnewlondon.com/coronavirus/.
- Healthcare / Public Health
- Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders
- Food and Agriculture
- Water and Wastewater
- Transportation and Logistics
- Public Works
- Other Community-Based Government Operations and Essential Functions
- Critical Manufacturing
- Hazardous Materials
- Financial Services
- Defense Industrial Base
Governor Lamont Announces Closures for Non-essential Businesses
Governor Lamont has announced an Executive Order to close non-essential businesses effective tonight, Monday, March 23 at 8:00 pm. Here is the list of businesses that are exempt from this order.