Ridgefield Covid-19 Cases
Cumulative Positive cases:172
Deaths from Covid-19:42
Reopen Ridgefield Guidelines for Businesses
View Webinar Town of Ridgefield Business COVID-19 Opening Guidelines - 05/14/2020
To purchase your own masks, gloves, gowns and hand sanitizer see ReopenCT Supplier List
Reopen Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Dates to Diarize:
June 1 - Bark Park, Skate Park, Tennis Courts and out door Pickleball will open
June 13 - Martin Park Beach will open
June 20 - Parks and Recreation Center will open
June 29 - Parks and Recreation Camps will open
May 30 - Next date for drive through testing; signup details below
RIDGEFIELD, CT: May 27, 2020 AM:
- Currently, State information on COVID-19 testing is difficult to interpret because it combines various classifications of test results—positive, presumptive positive, probable positive, suspected positives, and positive for antibodies. Those who have tested positive are never removed, even after they recover. Those who have had more than one test can show up on the list multiple times. On May 26, the Town Health Department cleaned up the state numbers for Ridgefield and determined that the town’s cumulative number of positive tests is 173 (not including deaths which are currently at 42). That morning the State reported 215 cumulative positive tests in Ridgefield. Later that day, the State reported Ridgefield had over 240 positive tests. That number included all the various categories of “positive” discussed above. “Unfortunately," says Health Director Ed Briggs, “there is no actionable information in these reports. The data we watch are the numbers of people hospitalized and that number has been decreasing steadily.” First Selectman Rudy Marconi says that the State is working to implement the more sophisticated testing data, but meanwhile Ridgefield will suspend giving out daily numbers until it is more relevant. Those interested in the state’s numbers can visit: www.ct.gov. Director Briggs asks Ridgefielders to avoid calling the Health Department for statistics. “We are devoting all of our time to inspections and supporting critical town businesses and agencies as they plan and execute safe reopening. Every minute we spend trying to explain the generalities in the state numbers takes us away from our health mission."
- Town wide testing for current evidence of COVID-19 for all residents will take place Saturday, May 30 at Parks and Recreation Center, located at 195 Danbury Road from 11 am to 3 pm (last appointment time 2:30.) No prescription is required.
- Preregistration is recommended by going to : https://docsmedicalgroup.com/get-tested. Be sure to bring Drivers License (or other proof of CT residency-bill with your name, School ID, etc. Note: the time may be different from the time indicated during registration.
- When registering, under Visit Info, go to the Reason for the Visit drop-down menu by clicking the arrow to the right, you must select "COVID19 Ridgefield Resident." Enter your personal and insurance information there. If uninsured, additional steps will be required at the time of the testing. Follow the instructions in the pale blue box to verify the phone number you provided. Once complete, an onscreen confirmation will appear and an email will arrive later. Ignore the Danbury address listed and plan to proceed to the Parks and Recreation Center, located at 195 Danbury Road. It is not necessary to register for the portal.
- The tests are first come/registered, first served. There will be very limited tests for non-registered Ridgefield residents, so please register in advance. On the day of the test, you must bring your license and insurance card! (a copy of both will help speed up the check-in process).
Reopen Ridgefield Hotline: 12:30AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday 203-431-2718
24,900 people working together, to restore our vibrant economy, slowly and safely.
RIDGEFIELD, CT: May 21, 2020 PM:
First Selectman Rudy Marconi reminds residents that reopening information is dynamic and can often be contradictory and confusing. “We follow state mandates and from there build our own program on how to safely reopen,” he says. “Each municipality decides each sector safely. The same is true of businesses—some may not yet be ready. We are all anxious to get back to normal, but I ask for your patience during these unprecedented times.”
- Reopen Ridgefield Guidelines can be found on the town website: HERE and on the ECDC website: www.ridgefielddevelopment.com. For questions call the hotline: 203-431-2718.
- All social distancing and face covering requirements are mandated by the State of Connecticut. For problems or questions or complaints call the 2-1-1 State hotline or locally: 203-431-2718.
- Signage indicating that 'Face Coverings are required for entry' are available for pick up by local businesses (one sign per door PLEASE). Pick up in the front door vestibule at Town Hall between 8:30-4:30 PM.
- Parks and Recreation has announced that the dog park and tennis courts will open June 1. No more than 50% of normal occupancy will be allowed, social distancing and face coverings will be required (for the people, not the pets!) Out door Pickleball courts and the Skate Park will also open at that time. Go to: https://www.ridgefieldparksandrec.org/home/news/opening-june-1-tennispickleball-courts-dog-park-and-skate-park-fields-basketball-courts.
- The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities. Entities that would like to request a thermometer can fill out the forms located at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section. Follow the appropriate links for your business type.
- The State is continuing the mask distribution program to businesses with less than 50 employees (two masks per employee.). Apply at: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business. Once you apply, check your email frequently for further instructions on pick up.
- Residents are reminded to avoid policing others. If uncomfortable in a situation, leave the scene. Please remember to be kind and keep your cool.
- All restaurants that reopen do so under the guidance of the Health Department. Residents should be aware that very strict state and local mandates are being followed.
Reopen Ridgefield Guidelines for Businesses
Click here to view COVID-19: Financial Resources for RESIDENTS and Small Business Owners
Town of Ridgefield COVID-19 Tax Relief Program
Click here to view a Collection of Informational links during COVID-19
Resources from our SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT DURING COVID-19, click HERE