WEST HARTFORD — The town of West Hartford recently passed several ordinances concerning the closing of public spaces in town. First, public schools were closed in compliance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s orders. Within weeks, access to public offices was restricted, then closed, and public spaces such as the town basketball courts, playgrounds and senior centers were closed. Gatherings were restricted to no more than five people. Vital services such as police and fire departments still operated, but the public was asked to call these services only in an emergency. Residents were asked to not come to the police station for routine complaints and other services such as for records and fingerprinting.
For the time being the West Hartford is more concerned with budget matters and is not anticipating reopening the town until Lamont has definite plans, and the coronavirus is under control.
When asked about the possibility of easing gathering restrictions and reopening nonessential businesses, Town Manager Matthew Hart said, “We’ll have to wait to see what the Governor proposes. He may also preempt municipalities from doing certain things by executive order. Regardless, we will approach the reopening of our facilities in a thoughtful and careful way.”