The Town Hall is open by appointment only. We will continue to conduct business via e-mail and by phone. This is for everyones safety. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
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On Monday November 23,2020 at their public meeting, the Town Board voted to lock the front door of the Town Hall. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the continual surge and spread of the Coronavirus. East Bloomfield is now shaded brown on the Ontario County Map for number of cases which means we have more than 30 positives cases plus all the related quarantines and isolations. Our county and town are moving in the wrong direction.

Locking the front door does not mean locked out of the town hall. We remain open for business to our community, but with restrictions and guidelines. We must communicate those to our citizenry when they call and when they arrive.

  1. The community should call for an appointment.
  2. If someone arrives without an appointment there should be a notice posted on front door to call.
  3. Access may be given to community who drive up or walk up depending on town hall hours and staff availability.
  4. All persons entering town hall are required to wear a mask or they will be refused entry. If they request a mask and one is available, and it is accepted then entry will be allowed.
  5. All persons entering the town hall be required to sign the attestation sheet declaring they are symptom free.
  6. All persons entering town hall will be required to maintain safe distance as marked on the floor.
  7. If there is a backup of people entering the town hall, persons may be instructed to wait in their car until they are called to come in.
  8. Town hall staff may move the appointment out of their office into the public area to maintain safe distance between parties.

A Message from your Town Supervisor:

“Be prepared, not scared.”

 

Dear Friends,

This is an unsettling time for our country and our community, as we are in a public health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your elected leaders and public health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and provide care to those who need it. It is important to remember that we need to be prepared, not scared. Heed the advice of public health experts who agree that the most effective way to “flatten the curve,” or slow the spread of the virus, is to practice social distancing. Below is some helpful information regarding COVID-19:

How can you be infected?

  • Coronavirus can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Because these droplets can travel up to six feet, public health experts advise maintaining six feet of distance from others.
  • The virus can also remain on a surface or object and enter the body through the mouth, nose, or eyes. This is why it is important to wash your hands before touching your face.

How long does it take to show symptoms after being infected?

  • It takes 2 to 14 days to develop symptoms after exposure to the virus. The average is about 5 days.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

When should you seek testing?

  • If you are exhibiting symptoms
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus
  • If you have recently traveled to one of the high-risk countries

Except in the case of an emergency, please call your healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.

While it is normal to feel anxious, there are ways to take control of the situation and be prepared. I urge you to take the following precautions to keep yourself and our community safe.

  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid physical contact like handshakes and hugs
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Avoid large crowds
  • Abstain from unnecessary travel

What is the difference between “Safer at Home” and “social distancing”?

Safer at home is a stricter form of social distancing. There are some differences. Safer at home means:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services
  • Stay six feet or more away from others
  • Don’t gather in groups

It is important during this national emergency that we unite as a community, follow the advice of experts, and take responsibility for our actions to #SlowTheSpread of coronavirus. For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov or call the NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

Should you or a loved one feel sick, call Telemedicine before going to a Doctor, clinic or hospital.

Practice Self-Care
To deal with stress, increase activities that calm you: Meditating or praying. Exercising. Reading. Watching movies. Engaging in home hobbies. Talking to a friend or loved one on the phone or writing letters. Limit exposure to news, particularly if it distresses you. Remember, if you are anxious or stressed and need to talk to someone, you have access to counselors 24/7/365 at 800.252.4555. You also have thousands of resources on health, stress, anxiety, family matters, money matters, debt and more by logging in to www.theEAP.com/TotalCare-EAP.


COVID Rent Relief Program Reopens with Expanded Eligibility

The COVID Rent Relief Program has reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and to serve those who may have been previously ineligible due to the program’s restrictive criteria set by the Legislature.

To ensure we reach as many eligible residents as possible, we are asking that you please share the following information with your networks and reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you again for your support. Together we can help the most vulnerable families and individuals keep their homes during this challenging time.

COVID Rent Relief Extension

The application period will remain open through February 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not need to reapply to be considered. HCR will re-evaluate all applications that were denied according to the new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants.

Applications for the program and additional information is available here.

The Program’s eligibility has been changed to no longer require households to have been considered “rent burdened” prior to the pandemic in order to qualify. Rent burden is defined as paying more than 30 percent of monthly gross income towards rent.

To qualify for this one-time subsidy, low-income renters impacted by the pandemic must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a renter and have a primary residence in New York State;
  • Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020;
  • Before March 7, 2020, household income must have been at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size; and
  • Households must be “rent burdened” during the months they are applying for assistance between April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

For the purposes of assessing applicant income, cash benefits and unemployment benefits are both included in the calculation.

The subsidy for eligible applicants will be calculated as: the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the household’s rent burden during the months of April, May, June and July of 2020. For applicants who were not considered rent burdened on March 1, 2020, the subsidy will be calculated to bring them to the 30 percent rent burden threshold.

The Program’s online application is available in both English and Spanish. Over the next week, HCR will provide translated applications in six foreign languages – Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Bengali. We are working with local Not-For-Profit organizations to ensure New Yorkers receive the assistance they need to apply.

Throughout the application period, residents who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov. Call Center representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

HCR will also allow applicants who are unable or uncomfortable applying online to do so over the phone rather than by mail. More information on this assistance and expanded language support on the hotline will be available on HCR’s website in the coming days. https://hcr.ny.gov/rrp


NY Forward Business RE-OPENING Safety Plan Template and Attestation

https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview

FAQ:  https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faq

 

Fred Wille

Town Supervisor

 

 


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