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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update 3-16-2020 from Mayor Foley

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Mayor Michael T. Foley has shared additional updates on the City’s response to protect the public health and safety in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Read the full March 16, 2020 update here.

The Mayor has taken the following actions to date:

• Signed an Emergency Proclamation declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Westbrook on March 15th. This action gives us the ability to make emergency decisions for the protection of the City and provides access to cri?cal federal funds & resources.

• Established the Mayor’s Coronavirus Task Force of key municipal officials to navigate this State of Emergency.

• A spending freeze on discretionary expenses not critical to our operations and this State of Emergency, effective today, has been imposed.

• Closed all municipal facilities to the general public until further notice.

• Canceled all public meetings through May 11th in accordance with CDC guidance. We will begin to explore and develop the ability for us to have virtual meetings in compliance with State Law.

• Enacted a Human Resources Policy and Procedure Pandemic Policy

• Begun to explore the possibility of offering childcare services at the Community Center for Emergency Personnel who are Westbrook residents or employees.

• Based on The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread, in communities where transmission has occurred, bars, restaurants, gyms, and other venues where groups of people congregate should be closed. We urge compliance to this guideline and everyone should use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.

• All existing business licenses may be extended past their expiration until regular operations resume and Planning & Code Enforcement will work to issue building permits and accept applications for projects.

• A City Webpage has been established which provides details on the City’s response to this State of Emergency along with a list of frequently asked questions and information about municipal services. Also on this page is information on resources available to help your business recover from losses as well as best practices to protect the safety of your customers and the health of your employees. www.westbrookmaine.com/639/Coronavirus

Visit the Coronavirus Update page for updates on City operations and resources.

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