Community Updates

  • For the latest news and updates from these community organizations related to their coronavirus response, please visit their websites or social media accounts, or contact them directly.
  • For a newsfeed of some of the most important information shared by community organizations, click here.

Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools

  • All public schools are closed until further notice.

Lymes’ Senior Center

  • The senior center is closed indefinitely.
  • 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.
  • The Town Nurse is available by phone from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, at 860-857-1346.
  • The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is available to pick up medications. Call Cindi Taylor at 860-876-0456 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on weekdays to arrange delivery. (The VNA cannot pick up opiates.)
  • The senior center is offering virtual exercise classes and programs to all Lyme residents, regardless of age. For the details, go here.

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau

  • On May 1, LYSB reminded residents that it has homemade face masks sewn by volunteers in Lyme and Old Lyme that are available free to anyone who requests one.  LYSB can deliver masks to residents’ homes or arrange for residents to pick them up.  LYSB is also helping Lyme residents who may need financial assistance or help navigating and applying for assistance from other resources during the pandemic.  (See “Lyme-Old Lyme Coronavirus Relief Fund” below.)  All inquiries are confidential.  To request masks or other help, contact LYSB at www.lysb.org/covid19 or call 860-434-7208, extension 0.
  • On April 14, LYSB announced on Facebook that it is collecting homemade masks for senior citizens and Meals on Wheels recipients who live in Lyme and Old Lyme.  Lyme residents are invited to deposit their clean, unused, homemade masks in the LYSB drop box at 59 Lyme Street.  For more information, please contact lysb@lysb.org.
  • LYSB staff are working on a modified schedule and are available by phone and email.
  • LYSB plans to reopen when the public schools reopen. 

Ledge Light Health District

  • LLHD is open during its normal hours of operation and providing the Town with ongoing public health counsel.
  • LLHD has links to Centers for Disease Control websites and other helpful information on the coronavirus.
  • On April 14, LLHD announced on Facebook that, as part of its involvement in the Health Improvement Collaborative of SECT, the health district is surveying area residents to be better able to connect residents impacted by COVID-19 with resources and support.  Lyme residents who would like to participate in the survey will find the English version of the survey here and the Spanish version here.

Estuary Council of Seniors

  • The council is closed at least through the end of March and possibly longer. Staff is available by phone only. 
  • The Meals on Wheels service will continue to deliver meals to homebound clients.
  • The council is offering Estuary Grab and Go Meals, by reservation, for seniors not already receiving Meals on Wheels.  On March 19, the council issued an update on how this service works.
  • Medical transportation service has been suspended.
  • On April 3, the Council issued an urgent request for assistance with canned food donations.

9 Town Transit

  • Passengers will 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 a space of six feet or greater between customers and bus drivers. 
  • Buses will not collect cash fares.  All passengers must purchase passes online at www.9towntransit.com
  • There will be no changes to Dial-A-Ride fares or boarding.
  • Residents should not travel if they feel sick.  Bus drivers and fellow passengers rely on members of the public to follow public health direction not to travel when sick.
  • On April 3, 9 Town Transit announced that, beginning Monday, April 6 until further notice, Route 641 to Madison will operate on a Saturday schedule, Monday through Saturday.

Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

  • The organization’s meal sites are temporarily closed.
  • The organization’s food pantries are operational, with modified service. Guests are invited to wait outside and in their vehicle if possible. Grocery bags will be distributed outside of buildings.

Lyme-Old Lyme Coronavirus Relief Fund

  • The Lyme-Old Lyme Coronavirus Relief Fund has been established to provide financial support to the most vulnerable residents of Lyme and Old Lyme. The fund is 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.

Food Takeout Options

  • The LYSB has compiled a list of stores and restaurants in Lyme and Old Lyme that are offering takeout options.  To see the list, click here.

Small Business Support

  • 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 can assist with 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 info@mentoringcorps.org.

Lyme Land Conservation Trust

  • All events are cancelled until April.
  • Trails remain open to the public. Please practice safe social distancing to protect yourselves and all residents whom you may come into contact with.
  • The Tour de Lyme is postponed until September 13.

 

Stay Informed

  • Residents are encouraged to visit the Town website’s Public Health Advisory page and Facebook page frequently for the latest public health advisories and updates.
  • Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Town email list on our website’s home page to receive important public health updates by email.