In a move to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order and heed the recommendations of the CDC to slow the COVID-19 outbreak, Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino moved to reduce foot traffic in public buildings and canceled public events to create the social distancing required in the mandates.
In the video below, Cerino gives a timeline of how rapidly things changed since the March 2 council meeting.
“Based on the directives we’ve been getting from the Governor’s Office, and from the President himself, we need to take some actions here to limit public access to [town properties],” Cerino said at the opening of Monday’s town council meeting
The following restrictions are effective immediately by a unanimous vote of the council on Monday.
- Until further notice, non-essential meetings at Town Hall are banned
- Town Hall doors will be locked during the day during normal business hours thru the end of April. The policy will be re-evaluated in May
- Residents can contact the town by email or phone
- Bills can be paid by US Mail or Online. Payments can also be slipped under the door at Town Hall.
- Chestertown Police Department is closed to the public through April.
- Town meetings will be limited to 10 people including the press
The following public events are canceled thru May 15:
- Saturday Farmer’s Market
- Earth Day
- Pride festival
- Bocce League
- Ribbon Cutting at Carpenter Park
- Crab Festival
Public Events in Question:
- Chestertown Tea Party
- National Music Festival
- July 4th Fireworks
Ward 4 Councilwoman Meghan Efland will head up an emergency response plan with Town Manager Bill Ingersoll.
Ward 2 Councilman Tom Herz will lead social media communications for the town through Facebook and the town’s website.
Each council member has been tasked to keep in contact with senior living facilities in their wards.
The Town has also moved to install live streaming equipment so people can watch the meetings from home. The meetings would be live cast and automatically archived for video on demand, similar to Rock Hall. The town has not posted any meeting videos on the Youtube channel in eight months.