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Posted on: May 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Message from the Municipal Manager - Reopening Hampton in a COVID-19 World

Today, the national and state debate regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is really showing a schism of society.  As most of you know, our society faces two simultaneous points of view regarding COVID-19.  One such viewpoint believes that it is our responsibility as a society to shut everything down…ride out the storm no matter what.  The other believes that we should do nothing and know what comes with that is herd immunity possibly with mass casualties.  No matter your point of view, the Township wants you to know that we respect it and we clearly understand that these past two months have taken an emotional toll.  We also understand that in developing a COVID-19 Reopening and Future Operations Plan for the Township, some people will agree with parts of this plan, and as some people will not.  As such, we have worked at finding that channel in the middle and have attempted to be creative in that space because we believe it is in the best route to take.

On Wednesday evening, May 27, 2020, Township Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 1027 approving a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening and Future Operations Plan for the Township.  This plan addresses how the Township will reopen facilities, restart programs, and re-establish operations.  It is a comprehensive plan and a full copy can be viewed on the Township website.

Please understand that the Township does not view its responsibilities or role in dealing with COVID-19 as that of an enforcement officer telling you what you can or cannot do.  That is not the intent of the Township Reopening Plan.  Providing you with guidance as how best to proceed while staying in the middle of the two points of view earlier identified in this message is our goal.  It is my hope that you will agree that this plan does this for all.

For your convenience, a summary of key parts of the plan has also been prepared and will appear on the Township website as well as Facebook page by the end of business today.  If after your review of this information you still have questions, please feel free to contact me or another member of the Township’s Administrative Staff for assistance.

Thank you and stay safe!

W. Christopher Lochner,

Municipal Manager

May 28, 2020

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