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COVID-19 Town of Groton Actions

Update as of 5:00pm, March 16th: Today, the Town
Manager signed a declaration for a State of
Emergency for the Town of Groton due to the COVID-19
virus. The declaration lasts through June 30, 2020
unless terminated earlier. This step will allow the
Town Manager to exercise emergency powers as needed
to help the community, as well as make the Town
better positioned to access emergency federal aid.
We ask people to be safe by practicing social
distancing, but to not panic. We hope the actions we
are all taking early will allow us to move through
the emergency as quickly and painlessly as possible.


We encourage all residents to conduct business
remotely via the Internet as much as feasible.
Beginning March 18, 2020 access to public facilities
shall be further restricted:

- The Groton Public Library, Senior Center and the
Community Center continue to be closed to the
public.

- Town Hall, the Town Hall Annex, and the Human
Services building will be closed to the public
beginning March 18th except by appointment and
potentially some curb-side services.

- It is anticipated at this time that, with the
above restrictions, the public will be able to
access Probate Court; Shennecossett Golf Course with
some restrictions, Human Services for food donations
or emergency food distributions or remote
counseling; the Senior Center is continuing to
provide call ahead meals via pick-up and driving
seniors to critical appointments, and permits via
the Office of Planning & Development.

- Per the Town Clerk, all recordings in Land Records
must be mailed; Land Record search is available
through the CTPortal (see Town Clerk website for
link); all services in Vital Records shall cease
except through internet services at Vitalcheck.com;
Marriage licenses may be issued by appointment only.

- Please contact individual departments to learn
more about restrictions and available services and
to schedule an appointment if necessary.

You can visit http://www.groton-
ct.gov/about/contact/phone.asp or http://www.groton-
ct.gov/about/contact/email.asp to obtain contact
information. Individual departments will be putting
out more detailed information via various Town
Facebook sites.

Also beginning March 18, 2020, committee and
commission members are authorized to conduct
meetings via the “Zoom” type platform. Members may
choose to participate in person utilizing a six foot
buffer zone from each other or may choose to
participate via remote access. Due to health
concerns and the CDC’s guidance of not allowing
gatherings of over 50 people, access to the meetings
will be restricted to the members and staff. If you
wish to comment on items to come before Town
meetings or public hearings, you may do so by
submitting email correspondence to Council@Groton-
ct.gov and your comments will be submitted in the
official record of that meeting. You may also mail
correspondence. Please be sure to include your name,
address, what meeting your comment is to be included
with and which agenda item in that meeting.

As the situation is very fluid, we will update the
public as procedures are required to change.

Thank you and stay safe.

John Burt, Town Manager

Building Inspection - 446-5982
Economic & Community Dev - 446-5981
Finance - 441-6690
Human Resources- 441-6622
Human Services - 441-6760
Library - 441-6750
Parks & Recreation - 536-5680
Planning - 446-5970
Probate - 441-6655
Public Works - 448-4083
Senior Center - 441-6785
Town Clerk - 441-6640
Town Manager - 441-6630
Transfer Station - 536-5698
Voter Registration - 441-6650
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