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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
The Lymes’ Senior Center – which as announced earlier will be closed until further notice as of Tuesday, March 17 – has issued the following statement:
Those normally eating lunch here will be able to order a lunch “to go” through the Estuary Senior Center in Old Saybrook by calling 860-388-1611, ext. 216, before 11:00 a.m. on the Monday before the week. Those wishing to use this service can pick it up CURB SIDE at the Lymes’ Senior Center on TUESDAYS between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. One reservation will provide 5 frozen meals ….
If you have any questions, please call the Senior Center at 860-434-1605, ext. 240.
The town nurse will be available by phone at 860-857-1346 Mondays through Fridays, from 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The Estuary Council of Seniors has issued the following announcement:
Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19
We find ourselves in an unprecedented time in regards to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 virus. We respect the seriousness of the situation and have decided to close our Senior Center beginning March 17th until the end of the month. Our concern is for all of those in our organization – our clients, our volunteers, and our staff – and the communities in which they live. Our vital Meals on Wheels service will continue uninterrupted. Our phones will be open for anyone seeking information or a friendly voice. We appreciate your patience and we will keep you updated as to when we will be resuming operations using our website and Facebook page so please keep an eye on those. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. I will be available by phone or email during this time so do not hesitate to reach out. Keep yourselves healthy and continue to be positive. We will get through this!
Please click here to view our attached flyer for complete details on what and how services will be affected.
On its Facebook page, the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) has been posting one-page daily updates from the Governor’s Office on the state’s latest coronavirus response efforts. Residents can bookmark and visit that page here. The Town of Lyme will be sharing these updates on its own Facebook page.