Sunday, May 26, 2024


Marpe Warns Against Fall COVID Complacency

First Selectman Jim Marpe today warned against complacency and “COVID fatigue” this fall, urging residents to remain vigilant in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

“It is incumbent upon all of us to do our part to avoid another outbreak,” Marpe said. “Everyone must be mindful and respectful of our families, neighbors, friends and work colleagues when considering any behavior, including social activities, that may be counter to medical advice and the protocols that have been established to protect the community from the virus.”

Marpe made his comments on the heels of Gov. Ned Lamont’s Thursday announcement about bringing the state closer to the Phase III reopening beginning Thursday, Oct. 8.

This step specifically increases patron capacity at restaurants, salons, libraries, outdoor events, houses of worship and performing arts venues.

“Of course, social distancing and mask wearing are emphasized in these plans,” Marpe said, adding that bars continue to remain closed.

“While it is not a full Phase III as was previously envisioned, we are encouraged that the governor considers up-to-date trends on COVID that will ultimately help businesses, arts and cultural institutions,  and places of worship get closer to operating at full capacity,” he added.

Marpe urged residents to review Lamont’s plan at for further information.

He added that residents can get daily updates on COVID in Wesport by visiting Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) at

According to the announcement, the WWHD has seen an increase in positive COVID cases within younger age groups, with cases being identified in the Westport Public Schools.

“Please be mindful that it is possible to be COVID-19 positive but not experience any symptoms,” he added. “To reduce the spread of infection, remember the 3W’s: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.”

Regarding upcoming Halloween activities, Marpe said the town is working with school administrators and the PTA to discuss how Westport may celebrate Halloween in keeping with COVID health and safety protocols.

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