COVID-19 (Coronavirus)  

Town Offices have begun in-person business, by appointment only. The plan is to fully reopen on Monday, July 6. 

Please note that, per our Public Works Department, playgrounds are still closed, and all related play will be at your own risk.

Between now and July 6, our Public Works Department will be working 6:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday; after that date, they will begin summer hours of 6:30 am-3:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 6:30 am-12:30 pm on Fridays. Other offices will remain on the temporary hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Thursday until further notice. 

Hall Memorial Library plans to reopen with its regular hours on Monday, July 6 as well. 

**Self-Certification for Business Reopening**

Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining Application

Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders:  (Click here)

Governor Lamont’s Press Releases:  (Click here)

FAQs from Governor Lamont’s Office

Federal Assistance for Connecticut Businesses and Nonprofits

Please check out this Community Resource Guide that our Human Services Department put together. 

Also, information will be placed on our Facebook Page.

**The National Council for Safety, Protection and Wellness has received many requests for information on how to help the elderly sector with communication, grocery delivery, home care, and health monitoring. They have put together this guide which provides practical apps for seniors, tech-savvy or not, along with setup assistance. 

The CT Department of Public Health is asking for our help with getting word out about the app, “How We Feel”. As we begin to re-open Connecticut, this app will allow public health officials to monitor data and see where hot spots are occurring. Governor Lamont is asking every person to pick up their phone and download the "How We Feel" app. This app can be used on either iOS or Android.

Please see the following news brief regarding this app.

The “How We Feel” app allows individuals in the U.S. to quickly self-report age, gender, zip code, symptoms, health conditions, and testing results. It does not ask users for a name, phone number or email address, and it leverages “differential privacy” techniques led by Gary King, Weatherhead University Professor at Harvard University, to make data available to researchers while protecting participants’ individual identities. King, who is also the Director for the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, is a member of the team that developed How We Feel.

The app prompts users to share how they’re feeling. If users feel healthy, they report that; if users report that they’re feeling unwell, they will be asked to share their symptoms and health conditions. A daily check-in can be completed in as little as 30 seconds.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/new-how-we-feel-app-aims-to-improve-covid-19-response/

Johnson Memorial Hospital, a member of Trinity Health of New England, has opened a drive-through mobile center to test patients for COVID-19. The mobile test site is open 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, with the potential to expand the hours of operation as needed. It is located at 201 Chestnut Hill Road, Stafford Springs, directly in front of the Main Hospital at the Community Medical Education Center.

Those seeking a COVID-19 screening at the mobile clinic site must have a physician’s order and proper identification. The screening process will be conducted by trained clinicians, who will be taking all the necessary precautions to protect themselves and patients. Patients will be asked to keep their windows up for the majority of their drive through the mobile clinic.

Department News

Click here for our full staff phone directory. Email addresses can be found on each department page. 

Regularly staffed hours have been modified. For main Town Offices, staff will be present from 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and offices will be closed on Fridays. Public Works staff will work 6:30 am-3:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 6:30 am-12:30 pm on Fridays. 

Ellington Senior Center is closed, and all programs have been canceled. However, they are running many programs through Zoom and on their Facebook page. Unfortunately, transportation is not currently available, but the Hockanum Valley Community Council Dial-A-Ride program may be of assistance (860-870-7940); 2-1-1 is also an excellent resource for various assistance programs. Senior Center staff is available by phone (860-870-3133).

Human Services welcomes donations of non-perishable, unexpired, unopened food, as well as cash and check donations. Please contact the office to schedule a time to drop off donations (31 Arbor Way) or mail your monetary donation to Ellington Human Services, 55 Main Street, P.O. Box 187, Ellington, CT 06029. The monies, if not specified for the Food Bank or Fuel Bank, will go into the general donation account which is used to assist residents with rent, prescriptions, and other urgent needs. 

If you have food needs, please contact the office to access the pre-bagged food distribution; there is also a little free pantry in front of the building (31 Arbor Way) that is available any time. For those who are quarantined and have no other resources or alternatives, the department may be able to deliver food to your door; contact them for more information. 

Energy Assistance applications will open again in September 2020. 

If you need assistance with a deliverable fuel (oil, propane, wood, pellets, etc.) and do not have the resources to pay, please contact the office to be screened for assistance. 

Residents who have Eversource Gas or Electric or CT Water are protected from being turned off during this pandemic, per the Governor’s order. If you need assistance with getting on a payment plan/arrangement after the order has expired, please call us; do not wait until you have been shut off or the shut off is imminent. 

VITA appointments will become available once the order to close has been lifted; the new deadline to file taxes is July 15. 

If you are in need of shelter, please call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Persons who have lost employment or had their hours reduced and need assistance with their rent or mortgage can call the office to be screened for assistance. 

You can also follow the Ellington Human Services Facebook page for updates. 

Our Town Clerk’s Office has provided the following guidelines for common inquiries and requests:

The Fire Marshal’s Office will have staff present via phone (860-870-3126) and email Monday-Friday. All Open Burning has been suspended, and no permits will be issued until further notice. Staff will be available for statutorily-required inspections such as day cares, liquor licenses, etc. 

Ellington Youth Services have begun some outdoor programming, and are available for counseling services by phone or email. Please contact Diane Lasher-Penti (dpenti@ellington-ct.gov) and/or Jane Roets (jroets@ellington-ct.gov) for more information. As always, please dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, and remember to utilize 2-1-1 Connecticut for services including utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. You can follow the Youth Services Facebook page for further updates. They are running many virtual programs, such as story hours, guided crafts, and parent services on their Instagram page as well. 

 Parks and Recreation has announced that Crystal Lake/Sandy Beach will be opening for residents on June 20; a restructured Summer Camp/Day Care is scheduled to begin on June 29. 

The Planning Department will have staff available to assist the public by phone (860-870-3120), email (planner@ellington-ct.gov), fax (860-870-3122) or mail (57 Main Street, P.O. Box 187).

The Building Department will likewise have staff available to assist the public by phone (860-870-3124) or email. Permitting can be completed online, and inspections will be kept to a minimum, especially limiting inspections in occupied homes. 

The Tax & Revenue Collector’s Office can be reached by phone (860-870-3113) or email (taxcollector@ellington-ct.gov). Tax payments can be made online (proceed to Online Tax Payment Feature), or you can write a check (made payable to Tax Collector, Town of Ellington) and submit payment via mail to Town of Ellington, P.O. Box 158, Ellington, CT 06029.

Hall Memorial Library will tentatively plan to reopen on Monday, July 6. 

Questions? Just call us at 860-870-3168. 

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For questions or to provide information please contact one of the following:

Joe Palombizio, Emergency Management Director
Phone:  (860) 870-3182         Email: jpalombizio@ellington-ct.gov

First Selectman's Office
Phone:  (860) 870-3100         Email: info@ellington-ct.gov