FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2020
City of Kingston to Reinstate COVID Protocols
New Restrictions to Start on Monday, November 23
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble announces today that, due to the increase in active COVID-19 cases, and in consultation with Ulster County leadership, beginning on Monday, November 23, the City of Kingston will reinstate a number of protocols and procedures.
Starting November 23, the following restrictions will be put into place until Monday, January 4, 2021:
· All City offices will be closed to the public, except by appointment. The public is encouraged to utilize drop boxes at each building as well as online services on the City website.
· Administrative staff with the ability to work from home are asked to do so starting Monday. The City’s mask policy will continue to be enforced - masks must be worn within 6’ of another employee or a member of the public, and in all common areas of municipal buildings. Departments have the ability to enforce stricter policies based upon the specific layout of their offices. Employees will continue to follow requirements to self-administer temperature checks before coming to work in the morning. Additional cleaning protocols will be implemented by departments and in vehicles as needed.
· The Building Safety Division will suspend all routine Health and Safety Apartment Inspections, but will continue to respond to health and safety complaints.
- All Parks and Recreation public programming, except childcare at the Rondout and Hodge Centers, will be suspended.
At this point, there are no plans to furlough City staff. Trash and recycling will stay on the regular schedule. There will be no interruption to water, sewer, or other City services.
“This been a difficult year for all of us and we wish this virus was a thing of the past,” said Mayor Noble. “Unfortunately, COVID-19 is affecting our community at rates not seen since April. We at the City will be doing everything we can to be safe, take all necessary precautions, and follow the Governor’s travel and COVID-19 restrictions. We ask for the community’s cooperation – the only way to get through this is together.”
Per Governor Cuomo’s latest mandate, bars, restaurants and gyms must close at 10:00pm. Masks must be worn at all times in retail stores and at restaurants unless seated. Wearing masks when not able to social distance in any setting is highly recommended.
The Ulster County Recovery Service Center contact number is 845-443-8888. More information about Ulster County cases and resources can be found at: https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/. New York State COVID recommendations and complaint forms can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause.