Town Facilities Operational Status

Town Hall

  • Lyme’s Town Hall is reopening gradually as we modify the building and work spaces to reflect recommended public health protocols; seek to obtain more data on trends of the local infection rate from public health authorities; and pursue the ability to provide testing for our staff.
  • On Tuesday, May 26, Town Hall welcomed back staff only to prepare the space and serve residents when possible. Any service to patrons will take place outside the building, without contact, as was the process shortly before the current closure.
  • On Monday, June 8, Town Hall reopened to the public 3 days a week (while staff continued a full week schedule.) Town Hall is currently open to visitors Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks inside the building and maintain social distancing.
  • The following protections for staff and visitors are being observed in Town Hall:
    • Staff must wear masks when in contact with others and in common areas.
    • Visitors must wear masks and the number of visitors inside a building at one time will be limited. Masks will be provided to visitors, if needed. 
    • Residents are requested to use mail, phone or email whenever possible to limit the number and duration of in-person visits.
    • Acrylic barriers have been placed in areas of high visitation to provide additional protection.
    • Hallways and aisles have been made one-way to reduce contact with others.
    • Social distancing protocols will be required and observed. Limits will be placed on the number of visitors present at any one time in each building.
    • There will be a limit of 1 visitor in any office or in the Town Hall vault. Vault access will be by appointment and the use of gloves will be required.
    • One bathroom has been reserved for staff use only.
    • In-person meetings of staff, boards or commissions will be limited to groups of 5 or less, and public health protocols (masks, social distancing) must be observed. Increases in the allowable size of groups will follow the guidelines of the Governor as they are relaxed.
    • There will be no use of meeting rooms or seating areas by the public.
    • The building will be cleaned twice per week and staff will disinfect on an ongoing basis.
  • Town Hall employees will continue to work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    • Residents can contact the appropriate Town departments using the email addresses shown on the Town Departments page.
    • The Board of Selectmen can also be reached by email at AsktheLymeBOS@gmail.com.
  • We very tentatively project a return to all normal operating hours for the building beginning Monday, August 6. This date will, however, be entirely dependent upon the level of infection in the community at that time.

Town Boards & Commissions

  • Town Boards and Commissions continue to hold essential meetings via conference call and have been encouraged to delay any business that is not mandatory.
    • The Governor’s orders have approved such meetings, provided agendas are published on the Town’s website and provisions are made for interested residents to participate via phone. 
  • Once Town Hall begins the reopening process (as described above), in-person meetings of boards or commissions will be limited to groups of 5 or less, and public health protocols (masks, social distancing) must be observed. Increases in the allowable size of groups will follow the guidelines of the Governor as they are relaxed.

Lyme Public Library

  • The Library is reopening gradually as we modify the building and work spaces to reflect recommended public health protocols; seek to obtain more data on trends of the local infection rate from public health authorities; and pursue the ability to provide testing for our staff.
  • On Tuesday, May 26, the Library welcomed back staff only to prepare the space and serve residents when possible. Any service to patrons will take place outside the building, without contact, as was the process shortly before the current closure.
  • On Monday, June 8, the Library reopened to the public 3 days a week (while staff continued a full week schedule). The Library is currently open to patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks and gloves inside the building while practicing social distancing.
  • The following protections for staff and visitors are being observed in the Library:
    • Staff must wear masks when in contact with others and in common areas.
    • Visitors must wear masks and the number of visitors inside a building at one time will be limited. Masks will be provided to visitors, if needed. Gloves will also be required in the Library and will be made available.
    • Residents are requested to use mail, phone or email whenever possible to limit the number and duration of in-person visits.
    • Acrylic barriers have been placed in areas of high visitation to provide additional protection.
    • Hallways and aisles have been made one-way to reduce contact with others.
    • Social distancing protocols will be required and observed. Limits will be placed on the number of visitors present at any one time in each building.
    • There will be a limit of 1 visitor in any office.
    • One bathroom has been reserved for staff use only.
    • In-person meetings of staff, boards or commissions will be limited to groups of 5 or less, and public health protocols (masks, social distancing) must be observed. Increases in the allowable size of groups will follow the guidelines of the Governor as they are relaxed.
    • There will be no use of meeting rooms or seating areas by the public.
    • The building will be cleaned twice per week and staff will disinfect on an ongoing basis.
  • We very tentatively project a return to all normal operating hours for the building beginning Monday, August 6. This date will, however, be entirely dependent upon the level of infection in the community at that time.

Public Works Department

  • The full Public Works crew returned to their normal schedule beginning Wednesday, May 20.
  • Masks will be worn anytime 2 or more employees are in close contact or residents are present.

Brush Hill Transfer Station

  • The transfer station is open and operating on its normal schedule of Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Town will waive all transfer station disposal fees through June 30, 2020, as a thank you for our residents’ patience and cooperation.
  • Masks will be worn by employees when in contact with others.
  • Masks must be worn by all residents disposing of material at the property and social distancing protocols must be followed.
  • The transfer station attendant will control the total number of vehicles and residents within the property at any one time. Be aware that lines may result as we handle the backlog of resident materials.
  • The recycling compactor at the transfer station will be available as before. Cardboard presents the largest risk of contamination to our employees, and we ask that residents reduce the size of their cardboard to no larger than 3’ by 3’ by cutting anything larger at home before depositing.

Hamburg Recycling Center

  • The recycling center is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  A return to 24/7 operating hours will begin at a later date. Temporary closures within these operating hours will be needed and we ask that you bear with us as this operation returns to normal.
  • Usage is expected to be high at the outset and small procedural changes may be necessary to protect employees. We will be compacting recyclables three times or more daily (up from twice) to maintain available cart space as much as possible. If you should find the facility is full when you arrive, please come back again later to prevent our employees from having to handle the excess materials.
  • Masks must be worn by employees when in contact with others.
  • Masks must be worn by all residents depositing material at the property and social distancing protocols will be followed.
  • Each vehicle should wait until the previous resident drives away before depositing their recyclables. No more than 1 visitor should be inside the building any one time.
  • Cardboard presents the largest risk of contamination to our employees, and we ask that residents reduce the size of their cardboard to no larger than 3’ by 3’ by cutting anything larger at home before depositing.
  • Until the recycling center returns to its usual 24/7 operating hours, remember that Jansky Rubbish will pick up your recyclables on an every-other-Thursday basis for the fee of $10 a month.  To place yourself on Jansky’s recycling route, please contact Angie Jansky at info@janskysrubbish.com or 860-434-9271.

Emergency Management Department

  • The Emergency Management Department has been mobilized to respond to emergencies and is implementing the town’s Emergency Operations Plan.

Fire Stations & Fire Company

  • Both the Hamburg and Hadlyme fire stations are closed to the public. The fire company is also mobilized and implementing the town’s Emergency Operations Plan. They will be available to respond when and where necessary. Operating protocols have been adjusted to protect the responders. Protective equipment may be worn, and residents should not be surprised or concerned when responders arrive, possibly in protective gear. Calls made to 9-1-1 for assistance should include information if the residents believe the virus may be involved.

Emergency Medical Service

  • The ambulance service is also mobilized and implementing the town’s Emergency Operations Plan. They remain available to respond when and where necessary. Operating protocols have been adjusted to protect the responders. Protective equipment may be worn, and residents should not be surprised or concerned when responders arrive, possibly in protective gear. Calls made to 9-1-1 for assistance should include information if the residents believe the virus may be involved.

Lyme Parks & Recreation

  • All programs and events are cancelled.

Parks, Preserves & Water Access Points

  • All recreation properties remain open to the public. Please practice safe social distancing to protect yourselves and all residents whom you may come into contact with.

 

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.

Community Updates

  • For a fact sheet on how community organizations are responding to the coronavirus, click here.
  • For a newsfeed of some of the most recent information shared by community organizations, click here.