On April 3, the Estuary Council of Seniors posted the following statement on Facebook:
We need your help!
We are currently assembling shelf stable meals for our Meals on Wheels clients and need your help. We are asking everyone, if you have extra canned tuna or canned chicken you would be willing to donate, to please consider donating it to the seniors in our region. Drop off is at the senior center (220 Main St, Old Saybrook) anytime M-F from 9-4. A bin will be placed outside.
We are trying to assemble enough meals for every one of our Meals on Wheels clients to have enough for 1 to 2 weeks in the event we are unable to deliver. We currently have about half as much tuna/chicken as we need and have already gotten what we can from all of our supermarkets (without depleting their stock).
If you cannot assist with a donation of canned tuna but are in a position to make a monetary donation, you can do so through our website at www.ecsenior.org. We continue to shop for items as they become available and this would help immensely.
Thank you in advance! This is our most vulnerable population right now and we are doing everything we can to keep them healthy and safe.
On April 3, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust issued the following statement:
The health and safety of our Event Day participants in the Tour de Lyme is always our first concern. Given the projected course of the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Tour until Sunday, September 13th. Next year we will be returning to our regular time slot.
Our Tour de Lyme registration website will remain open between now and then. We hope to see you in September at our charity biking event, but if you have already registered and know that you cannot attend on that date, please email me and I will reimburse your full registration fee.
Continue to ride, visit our Preserves and stay healthy. We are all in this together.
Lyme Land Conservation Trust
On April 3, 9 Town Transit issued the following statement on service changes as a result of Covid-19:
As Shoreline area residents have done a great job in limiting travel, 9 Town Transit has seen a large decrease in riders. As a result, we are making the following temporary service adjustments beginning Monday, April 6th until further notice: Route 641 to Madison will operate on a Saturday schedule Monday through Saturday.
All other routes, Dial-A-Ride and ADA paratransit will continue to operate on a regular schedule.
On March 31, the Lymes’ Senior Center issued the following statement:
Dear Residents of Lyme and Old Lyme,
The coronavirus has changed our regular life quite significantly and many of the daily activities that we took for granted can no longer happen for the time being. To that end, the Lymes’ Senior Center has begun virtual exercise classes and group get-togethers to help us cope with the isolation we all feel. In an effort to make a difference to all of our neighbors, we are offering a free temporary membership for all town residents, not just our regular 55 and over clientele. This membership would allow you to participate in all of our virtual programs. Currently, we are offering many yoga classes and other exercise classes on Zoom and YouTube, and we will be adding beginner and intermediate country line dancing classes and a Pilates class next week as well. You will also receive a weekly email with information about our virtual programs, boredom busters, and the coronavirus. Those interested in a free membership – which will extend through the entirety of our self-isolation period – should email email@example.com and let us know! Stay well and be kind,
Director of the Lymes’ Senior Center
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new charitable fund has been established to provide financial support to the most vulnerable residents of Lyme and Old Lyme. The Lyme-Old Lyme Coronavirus Relief Fund will be managed by the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) in partnership with the Social Services Departments of the two towns. Early donations have already been put to good use helping vulnerable citizens in both communities with essential needs such as groceries, fuel, diapers and assistance with rent. To find out more, make a donation or request help for a vulnerable person, click here.
Mentoring Corps for Community Development (MCCD), an all-volunteer, nonprofit consulting practice in Old Lyme, has offered to provide assistance to local businesses coping with the difficult and uncertain business environment. MCCD has assisted more than 100 clients (individuals, businesses and nonprofits) in New London and Middlesex Counties in the past eight years. These assignments have covered a range of planning and operating issues, including cash flow, recapitalization, inventory management, investments, organizational and employment matters, insolvency, sales and marketing, business turnarounds, operating efficiencies and securing financial assistance from federal agencies. Interested companies should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Estuary Council of Seniors is offering Grab and Go Meals by reservation for seniors who are not already receiving Meals on Wheels. On March 19, the council issued an update on how this service works.
On March 19, 9 Town Transit, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, issued a statement regarding temporary changes to bus operations. The statement appears in part below:
Effective immediately, passengers will now board from the rear door with the exception of passengers who are in wheelchairs and others who require the bus to kneel. Rear door boarding will help maintain recommended social distancing by providing space of six feet or greater between customers and bus drivers. As a result, we will not collect cash fares and ask that all pass purchases be done online at www.9towntransit.com. There will be no changes to Dial-A-Ride fares or boarding.
Bus drivers and fellow riders rely on members of the public to follow public health direction to not travel when sick, Our drivers and your fellow riders are relying on you to you wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow and DO NOT TRAVEL IF YOU FEEL SICK.
On March 18, the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) compiled and released a list of stores and restaurants in Lyme and Old Lyme that are offering takeout options. To see the list, click here.
On March 17, the Lymes’ Senior Center issued the following statement:
The Town Nurse will be available from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, by phone at 860-857-1346. Nursing visits will not take place at the senior center while we are in closure.
In addition, the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be available to pick up medication for seniors at risk or that are sick in the towns of Old Lyme and Lyme. Call Cindi Taylor, Old Lyme VNA executive director, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., at 860-876-0456 to arrange delivery. No opiates can be picked up by the VNA.