To the residents of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson:
What was once a news story about a virus happening somewhere else, COVID-19 is now here in the capital region. I want to share with you what you can do to protect yourself and let you know what measures we have taken in the Village to help keep residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the NYS Department of Health website, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Governor announced as part of the “social distancing” COVID-19 mitigation strategy that occupancy levels allowed in public meeting spaces will be cut in half at 5:00 PM on Friday 3/13. This change effects the capacity for the indoor Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market that is held at the Fire House. It’s disappointing to me but out of an abundance of caution to reduce potential transmission we decided to cancel this event. You’ll find the Market at the corner of Scott and Main once the season begins again.
The most active public space managed by the Village is the Castleton Public Library (CPL) at the Village Hall. Melissa Tacke, the Director of the CPL, has instituted many safeguards and cleaning protocols to keep patrons and residents safe:
-CPL staff will disinfect commonly used hard surfaces twice daily.
-The library's interior front door will remain open during business hours to eliminate a common touch point.
-All toys have been temporarily removed from the children's area and will remain in storage until further notice.
-CPL's weekly Early Literacy Playtime is cancelled until further notice.
-Staff will look up patron accounts to minimize touching of physical library cards.
-Staff will clean and disinfect all hard surfaces before and after any library programs.
-Food/drinks served at library programs must be in pre-packaged, pre-portioned servings.
-All food preparation programs are cancelled until further notice.
-Library programs held in the Community Room will be limited to 8 or fewer participants at a time.
-Signage encouraging proper handwashing is posted in the restroom.
-Signage regarding general health practices is posted on the front door of the building.
-CPL will follow the guidance and actions of government (federal, state, county, town/village), local school districts, and the Upper Hudson Library System in determining whether any of the library's modes of operation shall be temporarily changed in response to health concerns.
Hope that this helps everyone understand the precautions we have taken. Stay safe!
Robert Schmidt, Mayor, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY