May 21, 2020 8:00 AM
STATE OF EMERGENCY - MAY 20 2020
City of Plattsburgh
County of Clinton
State of New York
PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDER
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to New York Executive Law Article 2-B and Section 24 thereof, and by reason of a disaster, catastrophe or similar public emergency within the territorial limits of City of Plattsburgh which imperils public safety, personal and public property, namely a highly contagious communicable infection known as COVID-19 which can be transmitted through human-to-human interaction, a LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY had been hereby proclaimed, declared, and extended to exist in the City of Plattsburgh effective as of 2:00 pm, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This state of emergency shall continue for a period of thirty (30) days from May 20th, 2020, unless it is either sooner terminated by a declaration that the state of emergency no longer exists or the state of emergency is extended.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that during the period of the state of emergency and in order to protect life and property and to bring the emergency situation under control:
The Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh has ordered that:
Consistent with the best advice from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, no groups larger than ten people shall assemble together in any City office building or City-owned indoor public space, unless social-distancing spacing of two meters (6’) between participants can be maintained. The City of Plattsburgh and its customers shall use technologies such as email, the postal service, telephone, fillable pdf document exchange, online bill-pay, drop-boxes, YouTube, Zoom, and Skype meetings, and other technologies to allow the minimization of the rate of Coronavirus infection.
The Mayor adopts and extends the City of Plattsburgh Emergency Order of April 2, 2020 and the Governor’s Order No. 202.17 effective Friday April 17, 2020 that requires any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when they cannot maintain minimum social distancing in public or when they are in any City of Plattsburgh Building or property.
The City of Plattsburgh Public Library is closed. The City of Plattsburgh has closed the Crete Center, Recreation Center (aka City Gym), City Hall, and any other City-owned building and asks all customers to either conduct their business online, through the mail, by telephone, or in windows of appointment times set by departments.
City Department Heads and staff shall develop and observe protocols to minimize face-to-face interactions with the public and staff and to preserve social distancing. The City is making every possible effort to adopt a work-from-home policy. The City of Plattsburgh will endeavor to meet any special needs for face-to-face interactions between staff and the public. If essential services cannot be delivered by any means other than through distance delivered methods, appointments will be necessary and waiting rooms or hallways will be used to ensure those members of the public waiting to meet with staff can maintain the minimum advised three meter of social spacing to ensure that only a minimum designated number of members of the public access offices and confined spaces at a given time.
Direct cleaning/disinfectant protocol for all public City facilities will be employed at least daily, and all staff are instructed to wash their hands frequently for at least twenty seconds using soap and water or approved liquid, and shall avoid touching their face.
Emergency first responders shall develop and observe protocols and standard operating procedures to protect themselves and the public, and shall work with the hospital to ensure consistent procedures.
Any other public event using City of Plattsburgh facilities that can be suspended and rescheduled shall do so. Those events that are not suspended shall maintain minimum social separation.
The City of Plattsburgh shall suspend any discretionary services the city provides, such as leaf pickup or large item disposal, unless the mayor determines the request can be accommodated without impinging on mandatory services.
The Mayor may modify job duties and the managerial chain of certain city staffers consistent with their abilities, to assist other units or replace work made redundant by policy or priority changes so that we may ensure essential services are maintained.
The Mayor shall require City departments to create a time-share system so services can be done by one staff person at a time to ensure that two staffers do not have to violate new social separation protocols.
The City of Plattsburgh shall employ drive-up or glass-separating facilities, or other acceptable means, to meet with the public if some other distance delivered method is impossible in the delivery of essential services.
All City staff who must meet with the public are directed to employ masks and gloves, or practice protocols established by the Clinton County Health Department.
The Mayor requests private employers to adopt similar practices, and especially encourages residents to anticipate shopping and make fewer trips, shop for neighbors and shut-ins, and use less popular hours to reduce congestion, all while maintaining social distancing.
The Mayor recommends that essential food services outlets, grocery stores, and other essential services comply with state guidance/orders regarding staffing levels but also strive to provide a wider set of hours so their customers can maintain social distancing across the 24 hour clock.
The Mayor solicits the cooperation of the public to allow the city to deliver its essential services in ways that minimize face-to-face contact and permits our staff, Common Council, and boards to work from home. The Mayor also solicits the public’s ideas on how to more safely deliver city services while it maintains the goal of minimum social interaction. All non-essential interaction with nursing homes, extended care homes, group homes, houses of worship, and other areas of concentrated public attendance shall be avoided.
The Mayor recommends that all organizations and enterprises within the City of Plattsburgh boundaries provide accommodations of adequate social distancing for its residents, participants, clients, and customers. The City of Plattsburgh further recommends to all entities within our boundaries that all human contact be conducted as described herein for city personnel and participants.
The Mayor accepts the advice of regional public health experts and is imposing the following:
The Mayor is not closing parks or similar public spaces but is prohibiting access to any park equipment or participating in any group or contact sports on City property.
The Mayor requests all members of the public to wear a fabric mask or similar barrier such as a scarf or a bandana to protect others from possible infection if 6’ social distancing cannot be strictly maintained in a public space among individuals who do not belong to the same household. Further, the Mayor requests that all employers in essential industries provide fabric masks, scarfs, bandanas to employees who cannot maintain 6’ social distancing while at work or who handle food on behalf of the public.
The Mayor is strongly encouraging all essential retail outlets to adopt the social distancing best practice of a limit of 5 patrons in the store at a given time per 1,000 square feet of store space, and with aisles marked for one way traffic to ensure patrons need not pass each other along narrow lanes.
Please expect further enhancements in social distancing as best practices are announced by the State or Federal Government. The City stands by to meet the goals of the State and Federal government in social distancing while it maintains its essential services. The City shall adjust these orders accordingly as the state and nation may move toward even more enhanced social distancing and self-isolation.
This Order shall take effect at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 and shall remain in effect for five (5) days unless rescinded earlier by the Mayor. This Order may be renewed in five (5) day increments. Failure to obey this order is a criminal offense, punishable by law under New York State Executive Law paragraph 24(5).
This proclamation and order signed this 20th day of May, 2020
Colin Read, Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh
Witnessed by: Sylvia Parrotte, City Clerk
Cc: Office of the City Clerk
Office of the County Clerk
Office of the Secretary of State
Clinton County Office of Emergency Services