The Town of Westhampton Selectboard, in consultation with the Board of Health and emergency officials, entered into a local State of Emergency effective 8:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020. This was done in order to best prepare and protect the residents of the Town of Westhampton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration eases some procurement requirements, allows the Town to overspend line items, and gives the Police and Fire Chiefs more flexibility in staffing.
In an effort to protect the health of Town officials and employees, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and to continue essential Town government operations, all Westhampton municipal buildings will be closed to the general public effective 8 a.m. March 17, 2020. The Town municipal buildings include the Town Office, Town Hall, Public Safety Complex, Highway Garage, and Library. All Town employees will continue to work their usual hours in their offices.
What does this mean?
- All Municipal Town buildings will always be locked.
- Employees will not be meeting with the public, but will continue to communicate with residents and vendors by phone, email, and regular mail.
- There will be no outside programs or events held at the Town municipal buildings.
- Boards and committees that meet will continue under the new temporary State Open Meeting Law guidelines and will be seated at least 6 feet apart from each other (if meeting in person) or meet remotely/virtually. The public will not be allowed in person but will be provided access to meetings through adequate alternative means which will be described with posting of meetings.
- There will be no Council on Aging events or programs such as exercise class, luncheons, or foot care clinic.
- The Transfer Station will remain open, with exception to the Swap Shop which will be closed until further notice. Residents will be asked to move along quickly.
We understand that this temporary government building lock-down may make things more difficult and slow down some projects. However, the Selectboard feels it is a necessary precaution under the rapidly changing environment as a result of COVID-19. The Selectboard, Board of Health, and emergency officials are monitoring the situation closely. We will communicate any additional information as soon as it becomes available and will reassess on March 30th.