VIDEO: Stonington wants out-of-state arrivals to self-quarantine
Stonington — With residents expressing concerns about an influx of part-time residents from areas, such as New York City, that have shelter-in-place orders, First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough is asking Gov. Ned Lamont to recommend that those arriving self-quarantine for 14 days.
It would be similar to an order issued by officials in Westerly, where there is large population of people who own summer homes in the beach areas. The town of Westerly has directed anyone traveling from out of state to consider a self-quarantine for two weeks, particularly if they are coming from a state or city with a shelter-in-place order. On Wednesday, Westerly had placed an illuminated sign on the Westerly-Pawcatuck bridge telling notifying out-of-state drivers of the directive.
Chesebrough said she made her request through the governor’s virus representative in the region. She said it would make sense for Connecticut to impose the same restrictions as neighboring states.
Chesebrough said that while part-time residents have been arriving, she had not heard about them gathering in groups or ignoring social distancing recommendations. Many residents of the New York City area own weekend homes in the Borough.
“Most people coming from these places understand the gravity of the situation,” she said.
On Tuesday night, town and school officials agreed to immediately close the high school track and artificial turf complex, tennis courts and basketball courts and other school fields. The town already has closed playgrounds.
Officials implemented the ban after they say groups of high school lacrosse players had been practicing on the turf field, engaged in contact and not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Police Capt. Todd Olson said Wednesday that officers would first inform people who go on the fields about the ban and if they return, they would be issued infractions for trespassing.
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