City of Binghamton, New York

Update: Binghamton City Hall COVID-19 Response

3/16/2020

Update:

As per Governor Cuomo’s Monday directive, the City will update its enforcement efforts including:

  • Limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people - effective by 8 PM tonight
  • Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight
  • Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-lack-federal-direction-governor-cuomo-governor-murphy-and-governor-lamont-announce

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday declared a local State of Emergency in the City of Binghamton, discussed the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlined steps to temporarily restrict public access to City Hall through March 27, when conditions will be evaluated.

Mayor David is directing all citizens to pay bills and access City Hall resources from their homes.

Statement from Mayor Richard C. David:

“I’ve initiated a series of changes that will temporarily but significantly alter the way the public conducts business with City Hall until at least March 27. These changes are designed to protect both the public and City Hall employees by minimizing personal interactions and reducing the number of people physically visiting City Hall.

“The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As residents should put distance between themselves and other people to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, we’re making sure every municipal resource is available by phone, online or by mail to discourage in-person visits to City Hall.

“City Hall is not closed and no services are being eliminated. All employees are reporting to work. If you call or e-mail a City department you will get someone on the phone or an e-mail response. The City is still conducting daily business. We are temporarily altering the way the public receives some services in the interest of public safety.

“I ask for residents’ patience and understanding while we transition to this temporary work plan. Our top priority is ensuring public safety and doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to offer the highest quality of essential services.

“We will follow the guidance and direction of New York State health officials if conditions change or improve before March 27.”

Key aspects of City of Binghamton’s COVID-19 protocol:

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all City Hall administrative offices will be closed to the public. Offices will remain staffed to provide services via phone, e-mail and mail. An FAQ detailing access to services is available on the City’s website.
  • Binghamton Police and Fire Departments will operate normally, but with special precautions in suspected COVID-19 contact situations. In the event of an emergency, residents should dial 9-1-1 or visit Binghamton Police Headquarters or any City Fire Department.
  • Beginning March 17, the First Ward Senior Center at 226 Clinton St. will be operating as a meal pick-up only location, in coordination with the Broome County Office for Aging.
  • Beginning March 17, Lee Barta Community Center at 108 Liberty St. will be closed to the public.
  • All public meetings at City Hall, until March 27, will be strictly limited to members of those bodies, critical City staff and those with specific business before the body.
  • Youth baseball and softball activities are suspended until April 6, as recommended by Little League International.
  • Permitted City events are being reviewed, many have been cancelled or postponed.
  • The City is temporarily suspending water shutoffs for nonpayment, as handwashing is a top strategy to limit the COVID-19 spread.
  • Residents can submit requests for service or report issues through the City’s website www.binghamton-ny.gov/request-service or by downloading the free City of Binghamton mobile app. The app is available for download by searching “City of Binghamton” on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
  • Starting Monday, an outside contractor is cleaning and sanitizing all touch points throughout City Hall, such as door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, chairs, tables, counters and more.
  • City employees have been reminded to clean hands often, practice social distancing, stay home if they don’t feel well or have come in contact with someone who is sick and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to COVID-19.
  • Employers across the City are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and institute work-from-home protocols when possible.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for the bold, quick and decisive response from New York State government,” said Mayor David. “The Governor has not only provided strong leadership across New York, he has provided a response model for other states. With New York’s diverse geography and population, the State also has a strategic focus on impacted areas to work to reduce the impacts we’ve seen in other cities and countries.”

Under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.1, any place of business or public accommodation, and any gathering or event for which attendance is anticipated to be fewer than five hundred people, shall operate at no greater than 50 percent occupancy, and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity, for thirty days effective on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Officials from the Binghamton Police Department, Binghamton Fire Department and Code Enforcement Department will enforce this directive in the City of Binghamton and work with business owners on compliance.

In addition, the CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. 

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