Update on Town & Village services regarding COVID-19 - Clerk's Office closing to public; other closures in place through May 3

All Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction offices and departments will remain closed to the public until at least May 3 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Residents and customers are asked to conduct all municipal business electronically, by phone, or by email.

The Clerk’s Office, which had been open to the public by appointment, will close to the public at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Staff is working to make more services available online.

All emergency departments (police/fire/rescue) remain ready to calls for service.

All other closures have been in place since March 18. The Town and Village remain committed to doing our part to keep the public and our staff healthy, while also providing the best public service possible.

Most staff are working remotely. A small number of employees will be available at municipal locations to assist by phone and electronically. For any business that cannot be conducted remotely, staff will be available by appointment only.

In addition to office and building closures, park amenities have been closed since April 1, and will remain closed until further notice. Park amenities include, but are not limited to, playground structures, skate parks, tennis/pickleball courts, pavilions, basketball courts, baseball fields, the designated dog park, and disc golf.

Parks, trails, and open spaces will remain open as an important resource for health and wellness, as long as they are used in a safe manner. Users are asked to only be in groups with members of their household and to keep a 6-foot physical distance from other individuals at all times. If you are exhibiting symptoms, please refrain from visiting. While on trails, warn other users if you need to pass, and only pass when you can maintain a six-foot physical distance away.

The Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction continue to closely monitor the COVID-19/coronavirus situation. The best sources to stay informed are the Vermont Department of Health (www.healthvermont.gov) and the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) websites. These resources are updated daily and contain helpful tips for hygiene and preventing the spread of the virus.

Additional information, resources, and updates are available at www.essexvt.org.

For more information, contact Greg Duggan, Deputy Manager/Public Information Officer (802-878-1341, gduggan@ essex.org) or Tammy Getchell, Assistant to the Manager/Deputy Public Information Officer (802-878-6951, tgetchell@ essex.org).