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Marpe: Westport COVID-19 Classification Now Red

First Selectman Jim Marpe issued the following statement today:

Westport COVID Red as of Nov. 13, 2020
Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town – Westport data highlighted (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CT Dept. of Public Health

The State of Connecticut has implemented a color-coded map indicating the average daily rate of COVID-19 cases among persons living in community settings per 100,000 population by town. According to a 14-day rolling average, Westport has a rate of 22.4 corresponding to the “red” category of 15+ cases per 100,000.  The colors are meant to give communities an accurate account of the prevalence of COVID-19 so that appropriate personal precautions can be managed. The map and additional data links may be found at www.westportct.gov/covid19.

Given this status, the CT Department of Health (DPH) recommends the following:

  • High risk individuals stay home and stay safe.
  • Others should limit trips outside of the home and avoid gatherings with non-family members.
  • Organized indoor activities, as well as outdoor activities where social distancing and mask wearing cannot be maintained, should be postponed.
  • Gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people.

As noted in our November 12 press release, the new COVID cases are primarily a result of large gatherings, parties and organized sports activities. As such, the Westport Public Schools, Westport businesses and restaurants and other public facilities will continue to operate under the State’s Phase 2.1 guidelines. The Westport Library will remain open with its expanded hours and services (M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). All Library events will continue to be virtual.  Visit www.westportlibrary.org for more information.

The Parks and Recreation Department acknowledges that it is important for individuals and families to get outside and exercise. As a result, 

  • Fields, beaches and parks will remain open with reinstituted rules regarding court usage. Facility users are expected wear a face covering if a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained with those who do not live in the same household. Higher risk sports, such as boy’s lacrosse and 11-on-11 football, should not take place.
  • The Compo Beach skatepark and basketball courts will remain open but may be closed if proper guidelines are not followed.
  • The Longshore Golf Course remains open. Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, golf cart rentals will go back to single rider only (unless in same household).
  • The Parks & Recreation Department has revoked field permits and will not issue new permits until further notice.

In closing, I remind everyone to follow the CDC guidance to social distance, limit gatherings, wear a face covering and practice good personal hygiene.

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