Town extends Covid Measures – Update from Town Manager Julie Jacobson

by | Jan 28, 2022

Effective January 5, 2022 Town administration took measures in our municipal buildings to restrict public access temporarily due to a major increase in Covid cases in Auburn.  As a result of the significant spike in cases in Auburn, statewide and nationally, and due to the anticipated increase in cases expected at least through the month of January, the Town of Auburn put the several precautionary measures into place effective January 5, 2022.  As the Covid cases in Auburn remain extremely high, we are extending these measures through Monday, February 21, 2022 (President’s Day).  We will revisit the data as we approach that date to determine whether these restrictions should remain in effect beyond that date or whether we can resume normal operations beginning on February 22nd.

Thus, the following measures will remain in place through February 21, 2022:

  • The Auburn Public Library will be closed to the public and continue Curbside Pick-up and Drop off during Library Hours as posted on their website.
  • The Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center will be closed to the public.  All programs and events will be cancelled.  Meals on Wheels will still be packaged at the Senior Center and delivered on the regular schedule.
  • The customer service area of the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be closed to the public.  Assistance is available via telephone during normal business hours.
  • The customer service areas of our public health facilities, the Police and Fire Departments, will remain open but visitors are still required to wear masks to enter the building and maintain 6-foot distancing from others.
  • We strongly encourage all Town boards, commissions and committees hold their public meetings remotely, although if not possible, hybrid meetings are still recommended.
  • Town Hall will be closed to the public.  The Service Window in the Treasurer/Collector’s Office will be re-opened during regular Town Hall hours.  The Drive-Through Kiosk in the parking lot at Town Hall will be re-opened and staffed during the following hours:
    • Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Friday 8:00 AM through 1:00 PM.

Residents, businesses and visitors can drop off applications and pick up permits and licenses at the Kiosk.  Please call the relevant department to arrange for any documents to be ready for you at the Kiosk.

All town employees will be working in their offices during normally scheduled hours of operation.  Business can be conducted by telephone or email. Remote meetings can be scheduled with employees as needed.  Many permits and licenses are available on-line.  Please check www.auburnguide.com for details.

This temporary closure will be in place through February 21, 2022.  We will revisit the data in mid-February to determine if these closures should be extended.

Town administration will continue to provide critical and important services to the residents and businesses of Auburn through this period, even if the methods of delivery are not considered traditional.   The Drive Through Kiosk, the Service Window in the Treasurer/Collector’s Office, and the Outside Drop Box, coupled with on-line permitting and licensing options and access to town employees by phone will enable residents, businesses and taxpayers to conduct their municipal business while keeping them, as well as our employees, safe during the pandemic.

Once again, we need to remind the public to be respectful of each other.  We implore those who post on the Town’s official Facebook page to be respectful and engage in civil discourse.  Town Administration has an obligation to educate and provide outreach to the community about public health issues and Covid-19 is a significant public health issue.  We will continue to post educational materials and flyers on our official Town of Auburn website and on our official Town of Auburn social media pages as we must do everything we can to curb the spread of this virus.  While some may be weary of hearing these messages, we cannot and will not stop trying to educate the citizenry on all public health matters as part of our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe.

We urge everyone to continue to be vigilant and take measures to protect themselves and their families to prevent the potential spread of Covid-19 to family, friends, customers and patrons.