Plainfield launches new steps to slow the spread of COVID-19
At the directive of Plainfield Town Council President, Robin Brandgard, the Town of Plainfield has elected to close all Town facilities to the public along with sending non-essential staff—and those who are high risk—home by granting additional paid-time-off for at least two weeks. This comes after Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced additional steps on Monday, March 16 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
“Our number one priority is to protect our residents and employees,” said Mr. Brandgard. “The best way to minimize the impact of the coronavirus is for non-essential employees to go home and stay home and we are committed to making sure our residents and employees are granted the opportunity to do just that for the betterment of everyone’s health.”
All Town facilities and internal in-person meetings have been canceled through March 31. The Town of Plainfield closed the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation & Aquatic Center last week and canceled town-wide events to adhere to the Governor’s restriction of social gatherings. The Town of Plainfield Town Council approved a resolution to extend current Carlucci Recreation & Aquatic Center memberships to match the duration of the closure. Refunds will be granted for events or rentals cancelled due to the closure. Those refunds will be processed at a later date.
The Town of Plainfield will still conduct business. There will be no disruption to core public safety and public utility operations. Town Council meetings will still take place with a limited agenda and limited attendance. The Council did approve the suspension of utility billing shut offs until further notice, though billing operations will continue under normal operations. Here are alternative options for Town business:
The Town of Plainfield is committed to protecting public health and safety personnel and other critical operations, including police, fire, emergency dispatch, water, sanitation, and other essential services, with additional protocols to reduce the risk of transmission. An Emergency Response Team has been formed to plan for and address possible interruptions to critical Town operations. There are no interruptions of essential Town services at this time.
The Town of Plainfield continues to urge people to practice social distancing. All updated information regarding the end date for this closure will be posted on our website and via the Town of Plainfield smartphone app.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, the CDC advises you to call your medical provider immediately. Hendricks Regional Health has created a 24/7 hotline for over-the-phone screenings (317) 520-5500.
Edited press release