As we approach the holiday season, we wish all of you a happy and safe holiday.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Lyme (now standing at 38 cases) continues to grow and our neighboring towns are also experiencing an accelerating rate of infection. We anticipate that holiday gatherings will only add to the number of cases we may experience in the near future.

To protect our residents and employees we have decided to modify the Town Hall and library operations and move to a “by-appointment” basis only, starting Monday, Dec. 28. Staff will be available to assist the residents who email ahead of time for assistance. Pertinent email addresses can be found further down in this announcement. In-person service will not be available without an appointment.

We anticipate operating under this revised method until at least January 19, 2021, and another announcement will be made when we determine that in-person services can again be permitted.

The town garage, transfer station and recycling center will continue their present schedule for the foreseeable future. We may curtail the open hours for these facilities if, and when, we feel it may be warranted.

Email addresses for assistance:

Should other employees need to be contacted, please email the First Selectman or the Town Clerk who will direct inquiries to the appropriate employee.

We appreciate your patience as we deal with this spike in virus cases and thank you for your cooperation. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience and trust that you all will understand the need for these measures. Have a safe and happy holiday season and let us all hope for a much better 2021.

— The Board of Selectmen