UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2020 TRUMBULL OFFICIALS MOVING TO FINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF EMERGENCY ORDERS
[NEW] Following frustration on the part of Town officials with the lack of cooperation by some individuals who refuse to comply with the State’s Emergency Orders related to the health crisis, the First Selectman and Police Chief have announced their intention to impose fines for various violations starting Thursday, April 9, 2020. This action by the Town is in direct response to the Governor’s Emergency Orders that were issued for the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, and the limitations that were imposed on groups that may gather in areas that include public parks, businesses, and school grounds.
Effective Thursday, police will begin issuing Trespassing fines to those who continue to ignore warnings and other posted restrictions in Town parks and all school property and playgrounds. The violations will be addressed with an infraction, which carries a fine that is paid to the State.
Residents are reminded to notify the police department on the non-emergency number when there is concern of trespassing or persistent grouping at any location in town. That number for the Trumbull Police non-emergency line is (203) 261-3665, option “0.”
[ORIGINAL] APRIL 6, 2020 TRUMBULL OFFICIALS CONTINUE PLEAS FOR THE SAFETY OF TOWN RESIDENTS
As the COVID-19 health crisis continues and residents adjust to the stay-at-home emergency orders, Trumbull Town officials are providing reminders for those who seek recreational escapes at any destination on Town property. Local police officers will be patrolling these areas to provide assistance when needed, and to maintain a level of public safety.
- Town Parks and playgrounds are closed; no one is permitted to play in these areas;
- All school playgrounds, ballfields, and basketball courts are closed;
- The Rails-to-Trails walking path is still open, but should be used cautiously to avoid close contact with others who are in the area.
Officer will be patrolling all of these areas and reminding everyone of the basic precautions:
- Do not gather in groups of more than five (5);
- Do not participate in close contact sports or games in any location;
- Maintain a safe distance from others while in any public areas.
Another issue that has developed is traffic congestion where people are parking to access the trail and other areas that are popular for walking. Some basic safety measures when driving:
- Park your car only in a marked parking space, or at the curb in a non-restricted area;
- Do not block driveways, sidewalks, or fire hydrants;
- Maintain a safe distance from curves, hills, or intersections, and be careful not to obstruct the flow of traffic on the roadway;
- Do not park in restricted zones or off the paved road on grass or dirt areas that may be private property;
- Be considerate of others who are walking, jogging, biking, or driving in the area.
Trumbull Police will have officers patrolling in marked cars, motorcycles and bicycles to enforce all laws and ordinances, in this on-going effort to promote public safety during this time difficult time.