Governor Lamont signed an executive order on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, that schools in Connecticut will remain closed until at least April 20, 2020
The City of Stamford will suspend pay-to-park requirements for all City metered parking spaces effective immediately and continuing until further notice. Parking time limits are still in place.
- Connecticut’s Department of Public Health provides a daily update on the state’s COVID-19 situation. Residents can visit this link daily for new updates. According to the report — last updated at 6:00 p.m. on March 28 — Stamford has 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- Governor Lamont announced CT Responds, a statewide volunteer management system.
o In a video announcing the program, the governor referred to Connecticut businesses that have changed production to provide supplies for healthcare workers. The governor asked students and retired healthcare workers to sign up.
o Direct link: https://ctresponds.ct.gov/
• President Donald Trump announced he was considering a quarantine of “developing ‘hot
spots’, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.”
o Mayor David Martin issued the following statement:
“In times of crisis, you need an enormous amount of trust in your leadership to do what needs to be done. On one day the leadership of the federal government is talking about everything being open by Easter and the next day talking about quarantine. That does not give us a lot of confidence or trust. I’m not certain I know what he means by “quarantine.” but in Stamford we will work to protect our people regardless if a quarantine is implemented.”
o Governor Lamont issued the following statement:
“Regarding the President’s consideration of a quarantine of New York, as well as parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, our state has already called on residents to stay at home. Further, if interstate travel is absolutely necessary, our state has directed travelers to self-quarantine to prevent against further transmission of the virus. I have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo and Governor Murphy, and I look forward to speaking to the President directly about his comments and any further enforcement actions, because confusion leads to panic.”
o Earlier this week, governors in Texas, Florida, Maryland, and South Carolina have ordered people arriving from the New York area — including Connecticut — to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival.
• Mayor Martin released a video encouraging residents to practice social distancing at City parks and explained the City’s motivation for keeping parks open at this time.
o Stamford’s City fields and playgrounds are closed.
o Governor Lamont signed an executive order on March 26th restricting gatherings
to no more than five people. Services:
• Nonprofits who have a client that: 1) uses one of the health clinics as his/her medical home, 2) does not have a primary care physician, 3) needs to be tested for COVID-19, and 4) is unable to negotiate the internal process at the clinic…
o Please call Maria Millan at 203.977.5676 and provide all relevant information. o Clients will be provided with a waiver enabling someone else to represent
him/her in securing a test or securing medical information used to support a decision not to test.
• Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development has stopped accepting applications for the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program.
o The program reportedly received over 4,000 applications since posting the application on Thursday, March 26th.
o The state encouraged businesses to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans here.
• No recent updates.
• Stamford Together, a citywide volunteer program to help support emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Volunteers can contribute to five major initiatives (click each title to sign up):
o Senior Outreach Program: establish contact with Stamford’s senior population and provide basic needs including food, medicine, and medicial support.
o Stamford Public Schools Grab and Go Program: This program provides meals for anyone under the age of 18 at sites throughout the city and needs 50+ adult volunteers to handout prepared meals. Signup through the form or contact Malena Loucks at email@example.com.
o Testing Site Volunteer Program: As the City launches more testing sites, volunteers are needed to keep these sites functional.
o Resident Delivery Program: Volunteer drivers are needed to provide delivery services to quarantined members of our community.
o Medical Reserve Corps: A national network of medical and public health professionals who assist emergency response during public health emergencies.
- Donate to Stamford Health’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund.
- Connecticut’s American Red Cross has requested residents consider donating blood.
A map of American Red Cross chapters in Connecticut is available here.
- Building One Community compiled an Amazon wish list for essential items needed
for the community, including detergent, soap, and more.
- Food bank donations are requested for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
The economic impact of this public health emergency will disproportionately affected residents who are most in need.
o Information on food donations.
o Information on monetary donations.
All of the information below is available on the City of Stamford’s website (http://www.stamfordct.gov):
- All information about the City of Stamford’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency can be found at http://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19
o Residents can find this information by visiting http://www.stamfordct.gov and selecting the COVID-19 banner image or selecting the red banner “COVID-19 Information.”
- All information about services affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency is available on the City’s website.
o Residents can find this information by going to http://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19 and selecting “All Closures and Suspended Services.”
- All information for Stamford businesses or business owners can be found at http://www.stamfordct.gov/economic-development/pages/business-information-for- covid-19.
o Residents can find this information by visiting http://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19 and selecting “Assistance for Businesses.”
- All information on Stamford Public Schools can be found at http://www.stamfordct.gov/home/pages/stamford-public-schools-covid-19-information.
o Residents can find this information by visiting http://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19 and selecting “Stamford Public Schools.”
CDC Guidelines for social distancing and preventative measures
Below are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for protecting yourself
from potential infection:
- COVID-19 is spread through close contact. Coughing produces respiratory droplets that physically land on objects. These droplets can land on mouths or noses of a people who are nearby, and possibly inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 is most commonly spread person-to-person. Residents should limit gatherings of 10 people or more. Stamford residents are asked to advocate to their friends, family, and neighbors to follow social distancing guidelines.
o Put distance between yourself and other people, six feet of space is recommended. o Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
o Stay home if you are sick.
o Cover coughs and sneezes.
o Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
o If soap is not available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer that contains at least
60 percent alcohol.
o If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people.
o If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask. Facemasks prevent
respiratory droplets from spreading. Facemasks are in short supply and should be
saved for health workers and caregivers.
o Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Grocery stores and pharmacies taking measures to limit the number of individuals inside their business should be mindful they do not indirectly create a large crowd of waiting customers outside their business.
o Waiting customers can space out to limit close contact with one another.
Testing for COVID-19 in Stamford
The City of Stamford recommends three testing sites at this time:
- Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
- Cummings Park. Operated by Murphy Medical Associates. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.658.6051.
• 2001 West Main Street. Operated by DOCS Urgent Care. Opening by the end of next week (March 27th). Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?:
• Residents concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately call their primary care physician.
o Symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
o Primary care physicians will make an assessment and prescribe testing if
o Residents with symptoms of COVID-19 should notify medical professionals
before visiting health care institutions. Medical staff need to prepare personal protection equipment prior to examining patients.
Residents without a Primary Care Physician or Health Care Insurance:
- Residents who DO NOT have Primary Care Physicians, but DO have health insurance, can contact their health insurance provider to obtain names of approved Primary Care Physicians to contact.
o Stamford Health recommends residents call 1.877.233.9355 to receive a list of all physicians who can provide prescriptions of testing.
- Residents who DO NOT have Primary Care Physicians OR health insurance may contact one of the following organizations:
o Access Health CT: 855.365.2428. Only available through Thursday, April 2nd. o Americares: 203.658.9500. Not accepting new patients.
o Community Health Center of Stamford: 203.323.8160
o Family Centers Health: 203.717.1760. Not accepting walk-ins.
o Optimus Health Care: 203.327.5111
- Stamford Health recommends residents call Stamford Health’s COVID-19 hotline:
Are more testing sites coming?
• Mayor Martin said the City’s testing capacity demand could reach up to 10,000 tests per week. The three recommended testing sites (listed above) have a combined testing capacity of approximately 2,500 per week.
o Mayor Martin announced the City was working with medical practitioners willing to open more testing sites to test all residents — including residents who still need health insurance.
o Mayor Martin announced the City was pursuing streamlining the testing process so residents only need to call a single number to receive instructions on how to get tested and where.
COVID-19 Cases in Stamford & Connecticut:
- Connecticut’s Department of Public Health provides a daily update on the state’s COVID-19 situation. Residents can visit this link daily for new updates.
- Connecticut’s Department of Health released a live COVID-19 dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the state.
Businesses, Services, and Organizations in Stamford impacted: Businesses still open (must follow social distancing guidelines):
- Gas stations.
- Grocery stores.
Businesses closed until further notice (by order of the Governor):
- All non-essential businesses.
- All restaurants and bars.
o Takeout and delivery options still available.
- All gyms and movie theaters.
- All amusement parks, bowling alleys, and indoor walkways for large shopping malls.
- All body care facilities.
• Eversource (electric):
o Postponed disconnections for nonpayment for residential and business customers
across electric, natural gas, and water operations. o Warned customers of an increase in scam activity.
- Aquarion (water):
o Suspended shutoffs for nonpayment.
o Warned customers of an increase in scam activity.
- Altice USA (internet):
o Not terminating broadband services for residential or small businesses due to
o Offering free 30 Mbps broadband to households with students (K-12 or college).
Food retail stores (grocery stores, supermarkets) & supply chains:
• Several supermarkets announced morning hours will be reserved for elderly residents who are more at-risk for COVID-19 infections.
o Cingari’s Grade A ShopRite Supermarkets in Stamford will reserve 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for customers 65 and older.
o Laroccas Supermarket will reserve 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for customers 60 and older.
o Acme Markets will reserve 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday for customers 60 and older.
o Stop and Shop Supermarkets will reserve 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers aged 60 and older.
- Inventory at local food retail stores may be depleted due to high demand, however there is no reported supply chain shortage at this time.
o Some food retail stores have reported demand for products such as toilet paper and canned goods has returned to normal.
- Resident concerns about toilet paper:
o Residents who plan to buy toilet paper in bulk should be aware:
- ▪ There have not been any reports of supply chain shortages of toilet paper in the country.
- ▪ Whereas previous emergencies caused shortages — such 2012’s Hurricane Sandy leading to a gasoline shortage due to gasoline refineries damaged by the storm — toilet paper continues to be produced and delivered.
- ▪ A website called “How Much Toilet Paper” allows residents to calculate how long their supply of toilet paper would last.
o DO NOT FLUSH TOILET PAPER ALTERNATIVES. Paper towels and wet wipes will clog plumbing. Widespread flushing of these products will create severe blockage of sewage infrastructure.
Organizations and institutions (alphabetical):
- Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy: Closed until Monday, March 30th.
- Boys and Girls Club of Stamford: Closed until further notice.
- Building One Community: The building will remain open.
o Classes, group programs & events are canceled effective immediately for an indefinite amount of time.
- Chelsea Piers: Closed until at least Tuesday, March 31.
- Children’s Learning Center: Closed until April 10th.
- Fairfield Business Council announced it would shut down.
- Ferguson Library: Closed until further notice.
o Requested residents do not leave book donations at the Main Library or Harry Bennett Branch as they cannot be safely processed at this time.
- Islamic Center of Stamford: Closed until further notice.
- Italian Center: All group fitness, youth programs and group swim lessons are postponed
until further notice.
- King School: Closed until April 27th.
• New Covenant Center: Contingency meal service protocols in place. Café temporarily closed to the public.
o Only staff and volunteers allowed into the facility. Lunch and dinner meals will be distributed on bagged or boxed meal-to-go basis.
o Food pantry distribution will still go forth on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with a reduction on how many enlisted guests can shop at a time.
o Individuals with day-of-shopping appointments will be checked-in and escorted to sit and wait in café area.
- Schoke Jewish Family Services: Closed until further notice. Freedberg Kosher Food Pantry will remain open, providing pre-packaged bags available for pickup outside the building. Counseling services provided through telephone sessions.
- Stamford Health: Stamford Hospital no longer allowing visitors to “protect the health and wellbeing of patients, staff, and community.”
o Pediatric and NICU patients will be allowed 2 parent/guardian visitors.
o Labor & Delivery patients will be allowed 1 designated support person.
- Stamford Jewish Community Center: Closed until further notice.
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Closed to the public until further notice.
- Stamford Police Department: All fingerprinting services provided will be temporarily
- Stamford Public Schools: All schools will be closed through Friday, April 10th.
- Stamford Senior Center: All Senior Center programs and activities suspended.
- Stamford YMCA: Closed until further notice
- Town Clerk’s Office: Appointment only (essential business only)
- UConn Stamford: Campus closed until further notice, classes will be held online for the
remainder of the semester.
City of Stamford services and ordinances: City Departments:
- Vital departments will continue operations, including:
o Public Safety (Police Department, Fire Department). o 911 Communications.
o Highways Department.
o Recycling & Sanitation Department.
- Stamford Government Center is closed to all visitors who do not have an appointment.
- Boards and Commission meetings have received “procedural relief” due to Governor
Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7I and may:
o Extend budget adoption deadlines
o Suspend in-person requirements for various meetings/public hearings
o The City of Stamford has used web conferencing for internal meetings since the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency and may utilize online web conferencing for board, commission, and public hearing meetings when appropriate.
- Board of Finance: Holding a special meeting on March 30th via webinar to discuss the budget process and plans for this year.
- Board of Representatives: Fiscal Committee has delayed its budget hearings.
o The Board of Representative’s Fiscal Committee has delayed their budget
- Building Department:
o Emergency protocol available on the department’s webpage.
o Building permits: Submit online.
o Inquiries: Contact David Nelson at 203.977.1194.
o Emergency protocol for plan review and inspections related to COVID-19.
- Engineering Department:
o All permit applications and payments must be submitted online.
o Documents for plan review can be left in the drop-box located in the Government
• Land Use Department:
o General information available on the department’s webpage.
o Inquiries: Contact 203.977.4711 or StamfordLandUse@stamfordct.gov
o Zoning permits (building, sheds, fences, etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org o EPB permits (inland wetlands, septic, etc.): email@example.com
o ZBA applications (variances, special exceptions, auto dealers, etc.):
o Planning Board (Master Plan amendments, subdivisions, etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org
o Zoning Board (special exceptions, zoning text changes, zoning map changes, coastal site plans): email@example.com
- Stamford Police Department’s Records Room is closed to the public until further notice.
- Recycling and Sanitation Department:
o Household textiles in pink bags program is suspended until further notice. o Scale House and Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center continue to follow their
- Recreation Department:
o Several indoor public facilities closed and events canceled, however some outdoor Spring programs are still open for registration (planned for May/June). Full list on the Recreation Department’s website.
- Stamford’s Tax Assessor’s Office’s:
o Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowner programs will not require appointments for the duration of this public health emergency.
• Stamford’s Town Clerk’s Office:
o Providing free internet access to land records data for the duration of the
public health emergency. City ordinances / Mayoral orders:
- Activities of five or more people at City parks and fields are prohibited.
o This includes contact sports, group activities, and any event or outing with five
or more people.
- The City of Stamford has suspended pay-to-park requirements for all City metered
parking spaces until further notice.
- The City of Stamford’s 120-hour parking violation has been suspended until further
- The City of Stamford’s plastic bag ordinance is suspended until further notice.
o The Mayor of Stamford is granted emergency powers by Connecticut general statues 28-8a and Stamford’s charter C3-10-10 following the Governor’s declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies.
- Mayor David Martin signed two executive orders:
o Stamford police officers, firefighters, emergency first responders, nurses, dental
hygienists, and employees tasked with inspections related to the health of Stamford residents will have expedited COVID-19 testing if they show symptoms of the virus.
o A list of work safety procedures for City employees. State of Connecticut services and actions impacting Stamford:
- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority posted its essential services schedule effective Friday, March 27 and continuing until further notice.
- Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles has suspended in-person visits at all branches until further notice.
- Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has suspended enforcement of retailers accepting empty beverage containers for redemption until further notice.
- Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced Connecticut’s presidential primaries would be moved from April 28th to June 2nd.
Corrections of misinformation and rumors:
• The State of Connecticut has not implemented a curfew of any kind for residents.
- The State of Connecticut has not closed its borders or highways to New York or any other state.
- Census participation does not impact an individual’s eligibility for government benefits, including a potential stimulus check.
- Parents/legal guardians are permitted to visit their children in the hospital.
Assistance available for residents
Residents who are unemployed, cannot pay rent/mortgage, or witness price-gouging:
• Residents who are recently out-of-work as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency can apply for unemployment benefits with the State of Connecticut.
o The State has provided answers to frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits and how they relate to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
o Residents can click here for more information on how to file for unemployment benefits if your employment was impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Legal actions enforcing evictions or foreclosures have been put on hold until May 1, 2020.
o Elected officials have advised residents to contact their local representative if they receive an eviction or ejection notice.
- Attorney General William Tong reminded residents to submit complaints of price- gouging directly to his office.
• Person-to-Person Food assistance. Groceries and fresh produce, protein, and dairy are available to residents with income below 235% Federal Poverty Guidelines, or employees furloughed due to COVID-19.
o Please call 203.655.0048 to make an appointment.
o Visit https://p2phelps.org/ for more information.
o Stamford’s location is 425 Fairfield Avenue, Building 1, Suite 111, Stamford, CT
o Person-to-Person on Wheels mobile pantry serves Stamford neighborhoods with
fresh produce, protein, dairy, tuna, beans, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, soups, fruits & vegetables, pasta, and rice. The mobile pantry is available at the following times and neighborhoods:
▪ Mondays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yerwood Boys & Girls Club, 90 Fairfield Avenue.
▪ Mondays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Stamford Manor, 26 Main Street.
- ▪ Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ferguson Library South End, 34 Woodland Avenue.
- ▪ Tuesdays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Shippan Place, 521 Shippan Avenue.
- ▪ Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Domus, 83 Lockwood Avenue.
- ▪ Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Building One Community, 75 Selleck Street.
• Person-to-Person Emergency Financial Assistance: Caseworkers meet with clients to determine eligibility for emergency financial assistance for rent, security deposits, utilities, and small emergency expenses. Residents can call 203.655.0048.
• Stamford-based SilverSource provides resources to seniors. Stamford seniors — or individuals interested in volunteering — can contact 203.324.6584. Resources include:
o Individual Assistance & Emergency Support: Serving seniors in need of housing stability or healthcare needs. Social work consultations are taken by phone.
o Prescription Deliveries: Seniors currently on the prescription program will continue to receive medications with the support of pharmacy delivery services.
o Grocery Deliveries: SilverSource has set up pop-up food pantry/distribution centers to support homebound seniors with grocery deliveries. Volunteers and staff make front door drop-offs and utilize delivery services.
o Medical Transportation: SilverSource continues to provide free transportation to essential medical appointments. A rigorous wipe-down is done of the transport vehicle between each passenger trip.
o Senior Wellness Check-ins: Staff and volunteers connect with older clients by phone to ensure they are well and reduce isolation.
• Nonprofits who have a client that: 1) Uses one of the health clinics as his/her medical home 2) Does not have a primary care physician 3) Needs to be tested for COVID-19, and 4) Is unable to negotiate the internal process at the clinic…
o Please call Maria Millan at 203.977.5676 and provide all relevant information. o Clients will be provided with a waiver enabling someone else to represent
him/her in securing a test or securing medical information used to support a decision not to test.
Governor’s executive orders & other state actions affecting Stamford:
• Governor Lamont signed an executive order March 26th directing several actions: o All gatherings are restricted to no more than 5 people.
o Eating establishments (such as restaurants) must limit entrance of guests to the minimum extent necessary. Also requires touchless payment at these establishments if possible.
o All retail establishments must ensure customers maintain 6 feet of distance between each other. Also requires touchless payment at these establishments if possible.
o All retail businesses that sell firearms, ammunition, or similar components to conduct transactions by appointment only in order to limit as much person-to- person contact as possible.
o Suspends tax on single-use plastic bags.
o Prohibits operators of grocery stores or retail businesses from forcing their
employees to bag items into customer-provided reusable bags.
o Suspends 21-month limit on Temporary Family Assistance.
o Waives all annual student assessment test requirements for current school year o Full text of the executive order is found here.
Federal bills & legislation relating to COVID-19:
- President Donald Trump signed into law the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (“CARES Act”) on March 27th.
o Analysis of the bill available through:
▪ U.S. Congressman Jim Himes. Including a teleconference townhall. ▪ Various news organizations, including Politico and NPR.
- The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act.” The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.
o U.S. Congressman Jim Himes posted a newsletter explaining the contents of the bill. Congressman Himes also hosted a teleconference townhall on Thursday, March 26th, discussing the bill.
o Various news organizations posted analysis of the bill including Politico and NPR.
Stamford Public Schools:
• All Stamford Public Schools are closed until Monday, April 20th by order of Governor Lamont.
o Stamford Public Schools’ “Distance Learning Plan” was approved by Connecticut’s State Department of Education. As a result, out-of-school teaching sessions will contribute to the state’s requirement for a minimum of 180 school days per school year.
• Stamford Public Schools will continue to provide grab-and-go meals from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to anyone 18 and under. Residents can pick up their meal from any of the following locations:
o All locations serving Grab-and-Go meals will switch to a three-day schedule beginning on Monday, March 30th:
▪ Monday: two breakfasts, two lunches per student.
▪ Wednesday: two breakfasts, two lunches per student. ▪ Friday: three breakfasts, three lunches per student.
o Elementary Schools:
▪ Davenport Ridge, 1300 Newfield Avenue.
▪ Hart Magnet, 61 Adams Avenue.
▪ Julia A. Stark, 398 Glenbrook Road.
▪ K.T. Murphy, 19 Horton Street.
▪ Newfield, 345 Pepper Ridge Road.
▪ Northeast, 82 Scofieldtown Road.
▪ Rogers International School, 202 Blachley Road. ▪ Roxbury, 751 West Hill Road.
▪ Springdale, 1127 Hope Street.
▪ Stillmeadow, 800 Stillwater Road.
▪ Strawberry Hill, 200 Strawberry Hill Avenue.
▪ Westover Magnet, 1 Elmcroft Road.
o Middle Schools:
▪ Dolan, 51 Toms Road.
▪ Rippowam, 381High Ridge Road.
o Community-based Organizations and Programs:
- ▪ Stamford Public Schools Anchor at Harbor Landing, 68 Southfield Avenue.
- ▪ Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Avenue.
- ▪ Chester Addison Center, 245 Selleck Street.
- ▪ Trailblazer (Domus), 83 Lockwood Avenue.
- ▪ Faith Tabernacle Church, 29 Grove Street.
• Connecticut’s standardized testing requirements are suspended, following the federal government’s announcement on Friday allowing school testing to be canceled or postponed.
o This includes Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and School Day Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
o Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be available online.