COVID-19 Transmission Reduction Plan for Town Buildings 

As of December 6, 2021, the Town of Newington will move to "Phase I/Red".

As the number of cases in town will likely continue to fluctuate, the re-opening and/or closing of town buildings will be done systematically in ‘phases’ based on our positivity rate. The purpose of this approach is to ensure continuity of services across all phases, as well as to prioritize the health and safety of the public, our employees, and our critical workforce. 

An outline of the policies that will be in place during each phase are posted below.

Which Phase we will be operating under will be determined by our weekly positivity rates, which are posted at approximately 4pm every Thursday. An official notice of a change in our status will be made by Emergency Management personnel when it occurs, including updating our current status found at the top of this page. The change will typically go into effect the following Monday, allowing staff time to modify services if needed (e.g. virtual, drive-thru, curbside, programming changes, etc.).

Please note, this plan applies to ALL town buildings; some departments have building or department-specific policies that should be reviewed prior to visiting. As we work together through this transition, members of the public are encouraged to call ahead to ensure that the services they are seeking are available. 

We appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding as town staff work to make this transition, and strongly encourage residents to exercise caution to help us reduce the risk of transmission, and to keep you, your families, and our community safe.

Do Your Part: We are no longer requiring visitors to answer screening questions upon entering town buildings. If you are symptomatic, are awaiting the results of a COVID test (for any reason besides routine/required testing), or are under quarantine or isolation, we ask that you respect your neighbors and our staff by not visiting town facilities during that time. 


*Plans are subject to change, and will be updated and reviewed by Emergency Management personnel as needed, in coordination with the Town Manager and Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD).

PHASE I – When in the  RED (15 or more cases per 100,000 people):

Status of Town Buildings:

  • Access to town buildings will be limited. While some town buildings will be closed to the public, others will be accessible with restrictions in place to ensure the safety of both the public and employees. In general, only services that are absolutely necessary and cannot be accomplished remotely will be permitted. See below for more information. 
  • Members of the public will enter through designated entrance of the respective building and must sign in and out.

Masks:

  • When in the RED mask covering both nose and mouth are required by anyone while inside of any town building

Town Buildings/Department-Specific Information:

  • Town Hall Offices & All Other Town Buildings: Access limited. Doors will remain locked from the outside (where possible), or a public access entrance will be identified. Any member of the public who needs to enter a town building will need to check in and out. Residents are strongly encouraged to call the department they are seeking services from ahead of time, as well as to check the town website to see if that service can be provided online or on the phone. 
  • Parks & Recreation: Community Center is open; spectators socially distanced; spectators stay in family pods; limited to 2 spectators per participant. Spectators must wear masks; players are not required to wear masks. Staff shall assist the crowd control by reminding attendees to maintain social distancing while seated in audience, walking, or in common areas. Contact P&R for more information.
  • Human Services: TBD
  • Senior & Disabled Center: Building closed to the public; some in-person services may be available, by appointment only. Virtual/curbside/outdoor services and programs offered. Dial-A-Ride services will be limited. Meals on Wheels volunteers will deliver meals. Contact Center for more information. Contact Center for more information.
  • Lucy Robbins Welles Library: Both 1st and 2nd floors open for browsing. Limited seating in study areas, no toys available on 2nd floor. Programming will be virtual or curbside. Contact Library for more information.


PHASE II: When in the ORANGE (10-14 cases/100,000 people) or 
YELLOW (5-9 cases/100,000 people): 

Status of Town Buildings:

  • All town buildings will be open to the public
  • Any services that can be provided remotely, over the phone, via email, etc. will be encouraged
  • Doors to town buildings will remain unlocked from the outside, where possible (for security reasons, we will continue to have one designated public entrance for Town Hall and Board of Ed. offices)
  • Sign in/out will no longer be required

Masks:

  • Mask covering both nose and mouth are required by anyone while inside of any town building
  • Masks may be removed in private work spaces (staff only), or while participating in meetings or activities where social distance can be maintained

Building/Department-Specific Information:

  • Town Hall Offices & All Other Town Buildings: town buildings will generally be open to the public; virtual or remote services still encouraged. Calling department ahead of time is still recommended. 
  • Parks & Recreation: Community Center is open; spectators socially distanced; spectators stay in family pods; limited to 2 spectators per participant. Spectators must wear masks; players are not required to wear masks. Staff shall assist the crowd control by reminding attendees to maintain social distancing while seated in audience, walking, or in common areas. Contact P&R for more information.
  • Human Services: TBD
  • Senior & Disabled Center: Some in-person activities and programs available, by appointment only. Capacity limits enforced. Contact Center for more information.
  • Lucy Robbins Welles Library: Both 1st and 2nd floors open for browsing. Select programs will be in-person, others will remain virtual. Group size limitations in place. Contact Library for more information.


PHASE III: When in the  GRAY (<5 cases per 100,000 people or <5 reported cases total): 

Status of Town Buildings:

  • All town buildings will be open to the public
  • Doors to town buildings will remain unlocked from the outside, where possible (for security reasons, we will continue to have one designated public entrance for Town Hall and Board of Ed. offices) 

Masks:

  • Vaccinated: Mask will no longer be required for vaccinated individuals 
  • Unvaccinated: Mask covering both nose and mouth required by anyone entering any town building who is not vaccinated and/or while riding in any town owned vehicle/apparatus. Masks may only be removed in private work space (i.e. private work area - cubicle/private office), and only where you can maintain a 6 foot distance from others.

*mask requirements may vary depending on building/ department-specific requirements - please abide by posted signage

Town Buildings/Department-Specific Information:

  • Town Hall Offices & All Other Town Buildings: Doors will be unlocked from the outside (where possible) to allow access by the public.
  • Parks & Recreation: Community Center is open; all programs are running; no mask requirements for vaccinated individuals; no restrictions on the number of spectators. Contact P&R for more information.
  • Human Services: TBD
  • Senior & Disabled Center: Center will be open, programming and in-person events and activities to be considered. Contact Center for more information.
  • Lucy Robbins Welles Library: Building fully open and accessible; all in-person programming will resume. Contact Library for more information.