City of Milford Emergency Orders Regarding Outdoor Use of City Owned Property During COVID-19

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, the Governor of the State of Connecticut declared a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency for the State of Connecticut, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 19a-131 and 28-9, in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 disease associated with a novel coronavirus that is currently affecting multiple countries and states; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus that is currently infecting the population of the United States; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Milford declared a Local Civil Preparedness and Health Emergency in the City of Milford under the powers granted by Connecticut General Statutes Section 28-8a and Milford’s Emergency Preparedness Ordinance, Section 2-106, Article VII; and

WHEREAS, on May 4, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Milford issued an Emergency Order regarding the outdoor use of City-owned properties during COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, in an effort to safely facilitate beneficial outdoor exercise for the general public in a manner consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19, the Mayor is updating local orders for the City of Milford.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that, pursuant to the powers and duties granted by Connecticut General Statutes Section 28-8a(a), Article III, Section 2 of the City Charter and Section 2-106 of the Code of Ordinances, and notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 16 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, entitled Parks and Recreation,” and any other Charter or City Code of Ordinance provision to the contrary, effective immediately until further notice, unless earlier modified, extended or terminated.

  1. City-owned enterprise operations, i.e. Lisman Landing Marina and the Orchards Golf Course, are to be exempt from the residency requirement delineated by Milford’s Emergency Order of May 4, 2020; Use of Lisman Landing Marina shall comply with the State of Connecticut DECD and DEEP best practices, relevant CDC guidelines and as may be further restricted by City of Milford Health Department or Milford Harbor Management Commission;
  2. Walnut Beach, Gulf Beach, Hawley Avenue Beach and Anchor Beach will remain open for Milford residents only; the May 4, 2020 passive recreation requirement restricting chairs, blankets, coolers, and sporting activities at City beaches is no longer in effect, however, use of City beaches must comply with relevant CDC guidelines and as may be further restricted by City of Milford Health Department or Milford Recreation Department, including the follow conditions:

*spacing of fifteen (15) feet or more between beach blankets, no public gathering or groups over five (5) people and face coverings worn in proximity to others, swimming is permissible but will be at one’s own risk as lifeguard staff will be reassigned as beach monitors to ensure proper social distancing is being followed.

*Limited parking will be available at the lots adjacent to Walnut Beach and Gulf Beach from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Milford residents only with a 2019 or 2020 City beach sticker.

*Parking on the following streets will be restricted to Milford residents only with a 2019 or 2020 City beach sticker: 

Milford Point Road to Seaview Avenue, Seaview Avenue to Broadway, Joy Road, Shea Avenue, Viscount Drive, Monroe Street, East Broadway, Shell  Avenue, Trumbull Avenue, Gulf Street (between Gulf Pond Bridge and Eveningside Drive), Old Field Lane (between Gulf Street and Ranch Road), Gulf Beach Parking Lot (north of Gulf Street), Field Court, Bayshore Drive, Melba Street (Bayshore changeover to Buckingham Avenue), Point Beach Drive, Morningside Drive, Hillside Avenue, Beach Avenue, Kings Highway (between origination and Village Road), Blackall Road, Village Road, Mont Street, and Spencer Street.

  1. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the use of all City-owned properties remains subject to the restrictions set forth in the Mayor of the City of Milford’s Emergency Order dated May 4, 2020.
  2. Individuals violating the provisions of this Executive Order or any related local, state or federal order or any related local ordinance or state statute, may be subject to enforcement action.   

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that this order will be made publicly available for inspection and review in the City Clerk’s Office and shall be posted on the City of Milford website.


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