Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
The proclamation, which took effect immediately and remains in effect for 30 days, unless earlier rescinded, is “addressing the threat that COVID-19 poses to the health, safety, and welfare of its residents and visitors.”
Whitney’s proclamation stated “that there is a public emergency in the Town of Grand Island and that the public safety is imperiled.”
Whitney has declared that “all public hearings currently scheduled before any board or body of the Town of Grand Island are hereby cancelled, to be rescheduled at a date, time, and location to be determined.”
Whitney also ordered that:
•Public attendance at Town Board meetings is suspended. Any proceedings of the Town Board will be made available via livestream, with a link posted on the Town of Grand Island website.
•Meetings of all advisory boards and the Zoning Board of Appeals are suspended until further order, an order that will be in effect for five days, unless extended.
The emergency order said, “All laws providing for deadlines for action of any board are hereby tolled during the pendency of this state of emergency.”
“The town is asking the public not to come to any town facilities or offices for non-essential reasons,” the proclamation said. “The town is urging all community groups not to hold large public gatherings.”
COVID-19 has been documented in Erie County, with one case in the Town of Grand Island as of Monday, and both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York state and more are expected to continue, the proclamation said. The governor has declared a disaster emergency in the state of New York and the county executive has declared a state of emergency for Erie County.
The Erie County COVID-19 hotline is 716-858-2929.
HERE is a link to the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the coronavirus, from the New York State Department of Health.
The Centers for Disease Control has an extensive list of what to do, not do, and where/how to find help.
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