UPDATE on COVID-19 as of 3/25/20

Updated 3/25/20

Dear Stonington Residents,

We are facing a challenge, the extent of which many of us have never experienced. This is an extremely difficult time; it is also a time for us to show just how kind and strong we are, together as a community. Remember, even small actions, can make a big difference.

If you are well and able, please think of friends, family and neighbors who might benefit from your help at this time, as well as our local non-profits who will continue to serve the community. Similarly, if you have the means please support our local business through online purchases, to-go orders and gift certificates. Similarly, you can purchase a membership to local organizations, such as the Seaport or Aquarium. We are doing regular updates on both our website and Facebook, including video messages, if you have ideas for how we can improve our communication please call or email.

Openings and Closings

The State of CT has issued a “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” policy to stop the spread of COVID-19, asking all businesses deemed “non-essential” to close as of 8 p.m. on Monday evening. A list of businesses deemed essential can be found here, as well as the form to request a change in essential business status.

The Town Hall, Human Services and Public Works Garage remain closed to the public, but for now plan to stay actively working, so please call or email, as there are many options for continuing to serve residents. Please understand we are taking these precautions to limit our staff’s exposure, so we can remain effective to residents over the coming weeks. Please see the list of departmental phone numbers below.

The transfer station will be closed for one week and will open again on Thursday April 2 by appointment only. For details please see here. As a reminder, staff will not be able to assist individuals. We ask you respect social distancing recommendations at the transfer station to protect both yourself, and our team of workers. Trash and recycling pick-up should remain as usual. Please be sure yellow bags are properly sealed to prevent contamination to the sanitation workers. All police, fire and EMS services will continue to operate. The sewers have protocols established as well. Please know we have procedures in place for various scenarios and we will strive to serve residents to the best of our abilities.

All town non-essential town meetings and events have been postponed. Please check our town website as the situation is constantly evolving and changes may occur quickly.

Health and Wellness

In response to Stonington Public Schools (SPS) closure, in partnership with SPS Food Service, children under the age of 18 will able to get breakfast and lunch at a distribution site in the Stonington High School parking lot. If you would like to sign up for delivery please call 860-572-0507, wait for the directory and hit 8. Please also know the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s food pantry will remain open to those in need.

As a reminder, please continue to take steps to protect yourself and those around you, these include: wash your hands often and thoroughly; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; disinfect surfaces routinely; cough into your elbow; and stay home whenever possible. 

If you are not feeling well, contact your physician by phone for instructions.  For general questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Yale New Haven Hotline at 1-203-688-1700.  In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Our primary focus at this time is the safety of all Stonington residents, as such we are asking each of you to please adhere to the social distancing recommendations as best you can. Whenever you can, please stay home. When you need to leave your home to go to a grocery store or farmers market, the pharmacy, or a walk to get fresh air- please keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance from any others that are also out. Remember this is not just for your safety, but the most vulnerable in our community.

Community Response

Please know that we have been actively meeting with Ledge Light Health District, town staff, police, local, state and federal officials, as well as representatives from our schools, non-profits, and local business as we formulate our continued response to COVID-19.  We are also in consistent communication with officials from other municipalities to ensure we are both sharing and learning from each other’s experiences.

We also wanted to let you know we are also having ongoing calls with a range of stakeholders to discuss and prepare for the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 to the community.  

We will get through this together. Please call anytime with question or concerns.

Danielle Chesebrough

Stonington First Selectman

Phone Numbers

Administrative Services 860-535-5000
Assessment Department 860-535-5098
Building Official 860-535-5075
Finance Department 860-535-5070
First Selectman 860-535-5050
Human Services Department 860-535-5015
Planning & Land Use 860-535-5095
Public Works 860-535-5055
Solid Waste 860-535-5099
Sanitarian (Ledge Light Health) 860-535-5010
Tax Collector 860-535-5080
Town Clerk 860-535-5060
Voter Registration 860-535-5047 or 5054
WPCA 860-535-5065
Police 860-599-4411
Police Emergency 911