Trumbull extends some COVID-related safety measures

Exterior of Trumbull Town Hall, in Trumbull, Conn. April 5, 2017.

Exterior of Trumbull Town Hall, in Trumbull, Conn. April 5, 2017.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media file photo

TRUMBULL — First Selectman Vicki Tesoro has extended a town policy requiring people to call ahead before visiting most town departments until almost the end of the month.

On Jan. 3, Tesoro asked that visitors to Town Hall call ahead first to make sure the person they wish to see is in. Those wishing to visit the tax collector, town clerk and the building department don’t have to call ahead.

The policy — a reaction to staff shortages due to COVID-19 cases and exposures at Town Hall — was supposed to last until Jan. 14. But this week, Tesoro announced that the policy was being extended two more weeks, until at least Jan. 28, at which point it would be reviewed again.

“We continue to adjust as we deal with COVID cases,” Tesoro said in an email. “We will continue to re-evaluate our situation in Town Hall and make decisions accordingly.”

The tax assessor’s office remains closed due to COVID-related staffing issues.

At least one other program in town is also extending COVID safety measures. Late last month, the Trumbull Senior Center announced it was suspending all in-person activities until Jan. 14, and moving programs online.

That measure also will last a little longer, said Michele Jakab, Trumbull human services director.

“We are going to continue our virtual programming into next week and will re-evaluate,” Jakab said in an email.