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MAYORS EXECUTIVE ORDER REOPENING GOVERNMENT CENTER

Government Center Reopening Plan 7-7-2021

 

Pursuant to emergency powers as set forth in Connecticut General Statute Section 28-8a and Section C3-10-10 of the Charter of the City of Stamford, I hereby issue the following Executive Order.

 

MAYOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER
REOPENING GOVERNMENT CENTER

The prior Executive Order entitled, "City Employee Leave Time and Staffing COVID-19 Pandemic," issued on March 16, 2020 (amended April l , 2020) and prior Executive Order entitled "City Employee Safety When Working at the Government Center During the COVID-19 Pandemic" issued July 31, 2020, are hereby rescinded. The City's Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) which went into effect Tuesday March 17, 2020, as part of that Executive Order, is discontinued.

Effective Monday, July 12, 2021 , the Government Center will reopen to all employees and visitors. Department Managers should begin to schedule all employees to report to the office. All employees must be back in the office by Labor Day. Human Resources will be issuing a revised policy on remote work, to be limited in scope to accommodate special circumstances on a temporary basis where the business needs of the department can be accomplished. A number of safety protocols and new processes have been instituted to continue to provide for the safety of employees and visitors. The City has prepared a "Government Center Reopening Policies and Procedures Manual," which details these safety protocols and new processes. This manual will be distributed to all city employees at the Government Center and posted to the city's web site.

I am announcing the reopening of the Government Center and the discontinuance of the COOP as our Federal, state and local public health authorities have eased COVID-19 restrictions as the number of positive cases has dramatically declined. Vaccination rates are improving and approaching the numbers necessary for adult herd immunity. As a result, both private and public organizations in the State of Connecticut — and throughout the country — are reopening and employees are returning to the workplace.

With the reopening of the Government Center and employees returning to the workplace we continue to require certain safety protocols as not all employees or visitors have been fully vaccinated. The CDC has issued guiding principles for fully vaccinated people indicating that indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risks to fully vaccinated people. The following face covering mask policy will be in effect at the Government Center until further notice:

  • Employees who have been validated by the Human Resources Department as being fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering while in the Government Center except at times when interacting with the public when wearing a face covering shall be required.
  • The general public will be required to properly wear a face covering at all times while in the Government Center.
  • Employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering at all times while in the Government Center and maintain social distancing protocols.

We have also utilized technology to continue to move many of our services on-line. Kiosks have been set up in the lobby of the Government Center to reduce the traffic in the building, which will aide in maintaining social distancing. Consistent with state statute, many public meetings will continue to be held remotely. On a case-by-case basis, in-person meetings can be scheduled if the necessary social distancing and other safety protocols are maintained.

This Executive Order shall take effective July 12, 2021.

Mayor Martin's Signature                                                                                                         
                 Mayor David R. Martin                                             

 

Fixit Stamford

Do you need to contact the City of Stamford? There are a variety of methods to express your thoughts to the City.

Most concerns can be addressed directly by submitting a ticket to Fixit Stamford: http://stamfordct.gov/fixit. This system generates a ticket directly to the City Department that can assist.

Some concerns may require talking with your elected official. Stamford has 40 members on its Board of Representatives, two members per district. You can look up your representative here: http://www.boardofreps.org/district-maps.aspx

The Board of Representatives holds its regular board meeting the first Monday of a new month, all meetings can be seen on their calendar: http://www.boardofreps.org/calendar.aspx

Finally, residents can speak to our Mayor directly by scheduling time during the next Mayor's Night In: https://www.stamfordct.gov/office-of-the-mayor/webforms/mayors-night-inout-events

All information about City Operations can be found on our website http://www.stamfordct.gov/ Our website is currently being redesigned to be more user friendly.

Some general information is reposted on our Facebook page and neighborhood-specific information is reposted on Nextdoor.

The City relies on contact with residents to address the concerns of our community. We hope this information was helpful!

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Email Security

We are all responsible for Technology Security in one way or another, but the most effective attacks come through email and trick users into clicking a link, providing their User Name and Password or opening an infected attachment.

This is generally called Phishing, and is a serious threat to our internal security.

You can learn how to spot these malicious emails by becoming aware of the tactics that hackers use to trick users.

The Federal Trade Commission has an excellent article on this topic, which you can read here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams#recognize

The best defense is an educated user, because security always comes down to people.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

The State of Connecticut’s Mosquito Management Program announced today mosquitos trapped in Stamford on September 23, 2019 tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first time mosquitos in Stamford have tested positive for EEE since October 2003.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station will be monitoring the situation in Stamford. Mosquitos will be trapped weekly throughout October until no virus is detected or mosquitos are no longer seen in the area.

The risk of transmission of mosquito-borne diseases is lower due to colder weather approaching the Stamford area. Mosquito breeding season is over and the overall number of mosquitos is already decreasing. However, residents should continue to take precautionary measures that prevent mosquito bites — especially on warmer days. The Health Department recommends residents:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn;
  • When outdoors
    • Use approved mosquito repellent,
    • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Ensure window screens and door screens are intact.