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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ISSUES A “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” ORDER, DIRECTS ADDITIONAL CLOSURES effective March 25, 2020 – Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses.

These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of this virus and protect the public. These actions were implemented in consultation with the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health and his evaluation of the latest data. “I want to be very clear about this: We need everyone to limit activities outside of the home and to practice social distancing at all times to slow the spread of this highly contagious and potentially deadly virus,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to minimize infections – particularly for those who are elderly or have underlying chronic health conditions – and prevent it from overwhelming our healthcare facilities. The more Vermonters who take this seriously and stay home, the faster we can return to normal.”

The Governor’s order directs Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety. If leaving the home, Vermonters should adhere to social distancing policies, including remaining six feet from others (except for those with whom they share a home) and thoroughly and regularly washing hands. Effective March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the order must suspend all in-person business operations. Operations that can be conducted online or by phone, or sales that can be facilitated with curbside pickup or delivery only, can continue. The Order provides exemptions for businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. This includes – but is not limited to – health care operations; retail serving essential human needs, like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores; fuel products and supply; news media; maintenance of critical infrastructure; and transportation and critical manufacturing sectors. For a full list, please review the order at https://governor.vermont.gov/content/addendum-6-executive-order-01-20.

All exempt entities must still strictly adhere to CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidance to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene and disinfecting is occurring. All exempt entities conducting retail operations should also facilitate curbside pick-up or delivery to the extent possible. “I fully recognize the emotional, financial and economic impact of these decisions, but based on the best science we have available, these measures are necessary,” said Governor Scott. “I need all Vermonters to understand that the more quickly and closely we follow these stay-at-home measures, the faster and safer we can get through this and get our daily lives, and our economy, moving again. I have tremendous faith in Vermonters and our ability to follow these guidelines, to save lives and support each other throughout – even as we are physical separated.”

Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency on March 13, and has since directed a number of mitigation strategies in order to reduce close contact among individuals, including visitor restrictions for long-term care facilities and other health facilities; the closure of bars and restaurants, schools and day care centers and close contact businesses; limiting the size of mass gatherings; postponing all non-essential medical procedures; and ordering all businesses to implement telecommuting wherever possible. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order will be in effect until April 15, 2020, though may be extended or shortened as needed. For full details on the addendum, https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/ADDENDUM%206%20TO%20EXECUTIVE%20ORDER%2001-20.pdf. Commercial entities, non-profits, employers and others with questions about acceptable continuation of business operations should contact the Agency of Commerce and Community Development via this online form: https://bit.ly/covid-vt-business-operations. For the latest information and guidance relating to Vermont’s COVID-19 response, visit http://www.healthvermont.gov/covid19.

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There will be no Recreation, Conservation or Energy meetings in the month of March. Check Board Agenda pages for news on scheduled meetings in April.

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Per Rutland County Solid Waste District and Selectboard Chair Nelson Tift– Starting Monday, March 23 – Please limit Wallingford Transfer Station use to essential visits and materials only. Essential materials include: trash, zero sort recycling, and food scraps. This will help keep traffic moving and enable us to continue to provide these important services. – Please remember that transfer station staff are not required to assist in unloading your materials. They will practice social distancing for their and your safety. – If you’re feeling under the weather, we ask that you stay home and visit our facility when you are feeling better. This helps protect our workers and other customers. For more information regarding our facilities, please contact (802) 468-2872.

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The Board of Trustees has closed the library to the public effective immediately. During the current reduced hours posted previously, (M-W-TH 10-2, SAT 9-12) library staff will be available by telephone 446-2685 or email ghlib@comcast.net to fill requests and materials will be processed for pick up outside the front entrance. Please continue to use the drop box for returns. This precautionary measure will be reevaluated on 4/4/2020.

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Effective immediately until further notice, there is a burn ban in the town of Wallingford, to include South and East Wallingford.I am implementing this burn ban due to a number of reasons related to the Covid-19 virus.- I do not want myself or the Deputy Warden in East Wallingford unnecessarily meeting with landowners.
– If a burn goes uncontrolled it would require a response from the local fire department and/or mutual aid companies which would put a group if firefighters together that do not need to be.
– A burn that goes uncontrolled would take away town resources that may be needed during this pandemic.Over all I am asking for your cooperation in refraining from ANY open burning during this time, even in designated fire pits. If you do have an outside fire you will be asked to extinguish the fire completely yourself. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.Thank you for your understanding,
Mark Barone
Fire Warden

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Please note, TOWN CLERK/TREASURER AND ZONING ADMINISTRATOR OFFICE HOURS ARE CHANGING EFFECTIVE MARCH 27, 2020.

Per order of the Wallingford Selectboard, the Wallingford Town Hall is temporarily closed to the public. However, the Town Clerk/Treasurer’s office will maintain regular office hours and be available via telephone 446-2336, email townclerk@wallingfordvt.com or fax 446-3174.

Starting March 27th, the Town Clerk & Treasurer’s Office will be closed on Fridays. Staff will continue to be available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. via telephone 446-2336, email townclerk@wallingfordvt.com or fax 446-3174. Also starting March 27th, the Zoning Administrator Office will be staffed on Thursday afternoons (not Friday mornings), from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. via telephone 446-2974, email zoning@wallingfordvt.com or text 802-770-0380.

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Per order of the Wallingford Selectboard, the Wallingford Town Hall is closed to the public.

WHAT IF I NEED SOMETHING?…

Office staff will be working limited office hours behind closed doors during this time to ensure vital functions of the Town can occur.

❖ DOG LICENSES – put your payment and paperwork through the mail slot at the Town Hall or send via USPS, and we will mail back the new tag.

❖ TAX BILL COPIES – If you need a copy of your tax bill, please call or email us! We can email copies to you or your tax preparer or mail them to you.

❖ PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS – put your payment through the mail slot at the Town Hall or send via USPS, and we will mail you a receipt.

❖ GENERAL INQUIRIES – Call or email us with your questions.  Leave a message and we’ll return your call.

PHONE: 802-446-2336 ~ FAX: 802-446-3174

LAND RECORD RESEARCH: Our vault is available for research and updates By Appointment Only. The decision to come to the office will be at your discretion. We would be happy to furnish you limited records (if you have deed references-book/page required), lister card, tax bill, etc..  These documents can be emailed to you for an additional fee.

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In Response to the COVID-19(CORONAVIRUS) Pandemic, Wallingford Town Hall is temporarily closed to the public effective Monday, March 16. Town employees will assist with business as much as possible via telephone, email or mail. For the Town Clerk/Treasurer – email townclerk@wallingfordvt.com or call (802)446-2336. For the Town Administrator – email townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or call (802)446-2872. Please check back here for regular updates. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Effective March 16, the Gilbert Hart Library will be open 15 hours weekly: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-2pm and Saturdays open 9am-12noon. The librarians anticipate the reduction in hours, which is in response to covid-19, will continue through May 2. The book discussion scheduled for 3/30 has been moved to Monday, May 4, at 4pm. Thanks in advance for your understanding.