COVID-19: Program Changes and Cancellations

Public service announcements from Town officials regarding COVID-19 response and readiness:

On March 16, 2020 an emergency declaration was issued by the First Selectman and Town Manager in order to allow the Town to take full advantage of the Governor’s Emergency Declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow Simsbury to be prepared for the possible effects of the pandemic on our community. The following facilities are closed to the public until further notice:

  • Town Hall
  • Eno Memorial Hall
  • Simsbury Public Library
  • Simsbury Farms Administration building
  • Simsbury Bulky Waste/Recycling Center (66 Wolcott Road)

In accordance with the executive order issued by Governor Lamont on March 20, 2020, staff in the administrative facilities listed above will be managing most operations remotely until April 22.  Town services will continue to be operational by phone, mail, email and virtually through our online services. We will continue to return your phone calls daily during limited times. Our return call to you may have “No Caller ID.” Please plan to answer as this may be us, or check your voicemail for our message to you.

All non-essential public meetings are cancelled from March 16 through April 22.  This includes all meetings of advisory committees and work groups.  During this time, regulatory agencies (such as the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, and land use agencies) will be able to meet as needed for essential business, but the meetings will be closed to the public. The public will be able to view these meetings live online or on television through SCTV.  Members of the public may email statements to the Town Clerk’s Office (EButler@simsbury-ct.gov) by 4:30pm the day before the meeting to have their comments read into the record during public audience.  These actions are being taken pursuant to Executive Order No.7B.

In addition, all Town-sponsored events, and events hosted at Town facilities, that are anticipated to have an attendance of over 50 people are cancelled through May 10.  This measure may be extended and/or modified as new information becomes available.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to address the emerging issues related to COVID-19. 

Town Hall
Please call 860-658-3200 to contact the appropriate department. Many of our services can also be accessed online; click here for a resource that highlights many of our online services. 

  • For detailed information on how to apply for building permits and land use applications online and by mail, click here
  • For a detailed list of services provided by the Town Clerk's Office and how to access them during this time, click here.
  • For information on how to access services provided by the Assessor's Office, click here.

A secure drop box has been placed at the Town Hall entrance for the public to leave documents for Town departments.

Police Department
The Police Department is temporarily changing the manner in which some services are provided and postponing some services.  The Department may take certain reports by telephone and share some information via e-mail, instead of in-person.  Non-emergency services such as non-criminal fingerprinting will be postponed until the recommendation of social distancing has been lifted. The Department is also urging people to call the Police Department instead of entering the lobby for routine or non-emergency matters.  The routine phone number is (860) 658-3100.  The emergency number is 911. Click here for more information on the Police Department's response modifications.

Community and Social Services
Please call us at 860-658-3283 to leave a message for staff. Emails will continue to be checked and responded to, and voicemails will continue to be returned daily during limited times.  Our return call to you may have “No Caller ID”; please plan to answer as this may be us, or check your voicemail for our call.  If you are returning a call to us, please let us know when a good time would be to return your call so that we do not continue to miss you. Staff will still distribute pre-packed bags of food, toiletries, and a gift card to those in need. The Wednesday Senior Lunch at Eno will be available by curbside pick-up and with pre-order.  If you are having a financial emergency, staff will offer phone screening for potential assistance.  In order to further help meet your needs, and for your convenience, please click here for a list of services and resources.  For information regarding internet services during this time, click here.

For those members of the community who wish to volunteer or make a donation during this time, click here.

Library
No library materials will be due during the time that the Library is closed to the public.  Library staff will be on hand between the hours of 9:30am-5:30pm during this time period and will provide service via telephone at 860-658-7663. We will continue to keep you informed should the status of service change. As always, online resources such as ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, movies, music, and online learning are available 24/7 at simsburylibrary.info.

Parks and Recreation
All playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, and the skatepark (at Memorial Park) are closed at this time.  Our parks, open space parcels, and trails remain open for passive recreation such as walking, hiking, and cycling. Patrons utilizing our parks, open spaces, and trails should not be engaging in organized play.  We request that people utilizing our parks apply social distancing practices and keep safe distances from other patrons.

The Simsbury Farms golf course remains open.  Please note the following precautionary changes: flagsticks were removed from the practice putting green; restrictions are in place for removing the flagsticks on the greens; bunker rakes have been removed; golf carts are being cleaned after each use; pro shop is closed, all transactions are being handled through a window; food and beverage service is suspended; restrooms are open and are being cleaned during the day and at night; ball washers have been covered up; water fountains are disabled.

Simsbury Public Schools
Simsbury Public Schools will be closed until at least April 17.  Starting Wednesday, March 18, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be made available to students. Distribution of meals will occur at Simsbury High School, 34 Farms Village Road on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Monday's distribution will provide breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday's distribution will address breakfast and lunch needs for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Simsbury Public Schools Nutrition Services.

All school playgrounds, fields, courts and recreation areas, including Holden Field and the track at Simsbury High School, are closed until further notice.

General Information
Town and Board of Education staff, along with our local emergency management officials, have been keeping in regular contact with the Farmington Valley Health District regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  There are precautions that everyone should take to keep themselves healthy.  The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, then wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Older individuals and individuals with underlying health conditions seem to be at an increased risk.  Additional information for this population can be found at the link below.

Additional resources can be found at the following links:

Guidance for Workplaces

Large Gatherings and Events

Higher Risk Individuals

Preventing  COVID 19 in Communities