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Westchester County Coronavirus Closings, Cancellations, Announcements And More

The Westchester County Department of Health is maintaining and keeping current information on its website at https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

Hotline Phone Numbers

If you have symptoms you may call any of these numbers and they will ask you questions to determine the course of action.

  • Westchester County COVID-19 Information Call 211
  • NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (888) 364-3065
  • People under self-quarantine or exposure to a known case, call (866) 588-0195

For people who need food assistance, please see Feeding Westchester’s Mobile Food Pantry Schedule at https://feedingwestchester.org/find-help/mobile-food-pantry-schedule/.

WESTCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICTS PROVIDING CHILDCARE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS

During this time of great need in Westchester County, the school districts in Westchester, in conjunction with New York State and Westchester County Government, are opening their doors to the children of healthcare workers and first responders so that those on the front lines can continue to do their jobs that benefit all of us.  For the greater good, all school districts in Westchester County are now providing childcare for children ages 5-12 for healthcare workers and first responders (police, fire, EMS, corrections officers and all public health workers) with no other childcare options. 

Latimer said: “This is an important thing we as a County can do to help support these brave men and women who are the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.  I want them to be able to focus on their work and know that their children are well taken care of.  It’s often said ‘it takes a village’ – today that village is a whole County and we are here to support and care for one another during this difficult and stressful time.”

Those who would like to drop off a child must provide proof of employment (such as work ID) at child drop-off.   The service is available to all County residents, and those healthcare workers and first responders who live outside of Westchester County but work in the County.  This service is provided regardless if your child attends a private school or a public school.  Hours are from 8a.m. – 6p.m. five days a week.

The children that participate will be separated into groups of 10-12 children, social distancing will be practiced.  Each child will have their temperature taken when they are dropped off and no children with any flu-like symptoms may attend. Each room will have an aid and/or teacher present as well as a nurse. The program will be assigned a full time administrator.

*Residents should contact districts directly for more information.*

·         Ardsley: Concord Road Elementary School

·         Bedford: Mount Kisco Elementary School

·         Blind Brook: Bruno M Ponterio Ridge Street School

·         Bronxville: Bronxville Elementary School

·         Byram Hills: Armonk Children’s Corner

·         Croton-Harmon: Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

·         Dobbs Ferry: Coordinated with the existing after-school program at Springhurst Elementary School

·         Edgemont: Edgemont High School

·         Greenburgh – North Castle: Kenneth B. Clark Academy

·         Harrison: Harrison Elementary School

·         Hastings on Hudson:

  • o   Pre-K to 4th Grade: Hillside Elementary School;
  • o   5th and 6th Grade: Farragut Middle School

·         Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson Elementary School

·         Irvington: Dows Lane Elementary School

·         Katonah – Lewisboro: Elementary School

·         Mount Vernon: Holmes Elementary School

Additional childcare resources will be provided at Macedonian Baptist Church; Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church and Allen Memorial Church or the Church of God in Christ

·         New Rochelle: City School District of New Rochelle’s District Offices (second floor of New Rochelle City Hall)

·         Ossining: Park Elementary School

·         Peekskill: Uriah Hill Elementary Schools

·         Pelham: Siwanoy and Hutchinson Elementary School(s)

·         Pocantico Hills:

·         Rye City: Rye High School or Rye Middle School

·         Somers: Somers Intermediate School

·         Tarrytown: John Paulding Elementary School

·         Valhalla: Easter Seals or Valhalla Middle/High School

·         White Plains: Post Road Elem School between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

·         Yonkers: Each site may accommodate 2-3 classes of 10 students aged 4-12

  • o   Casimir Pulaski School – 150 Kings Cross, Scarsdale
  • o   Montessori School 31 – 7 Ravenswood Rd
  • o   School 17 – 745 Midland Ave

·         Yorktown: Yorktown High School between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Provisions for the younger children (0-5 years old) in the County are still being fleshed out.  Additional details will be shared when plans are finalized.

Westchester County Library closings

Ardsley, (until further notice); Bedford, (March 14-31); Bedford Hills Free Library (March 16-31) Briarcliff Manor, (March 16 until further notice); Bronxville (March 16-30); Chappaqua, (March 14-29); Croton (March 15-31); Dobbs Ferry, (March 13-31); Eastchester, (March 15 until further notice); Greenburgh, (March 13-30); Harrison and West Harrison, (March 16-29); Hastings-on-Hudson, (March 14-April 1); Irvington, (until further notice); Katonah, (March 16-22); Larchmont, March 14-March 29; (South Salem) Lewisboro, (March 16-29); Mamaroneck. (March 16-30); (Montrose) Hendrick Hudson Free Library (March 18-23); Mount Kisco Public Library (March 16-31); Mount Pleasant and Valhalla (March 14-31); Mount Kisco (March 16-March 31); Mount Vernon Public Library (March 16 until further notice); New Rochelle, (March 13-25); Huguenot, (March 11-25); North Castle and North White Plains, (March 14-31); (North Salem) Ruth Keeler, (March 16-29); Ossining, (March 15 until further notice); (Peekskill) Field Library, (March 13-31); Pelham, (March 14-31); Port Chester-Rye Brook, (March 14-22); Pound Ridge Library (March 17-31); Purchase, (March 14-27); Rye Free Reading Room, (March 16-29); Scarsdale, (March 14-22); Somers Library (March 16 until further notice); Tarrytown Warner, (March 15-18, closed on Sundays); Tuckahoe Public Library (March 16-28);  White Plains (March 15 until further notice); Yonkers, all branches (March 15-31); Yorktown John C. Hart (March 16-31).

Metro-North

Starting Tuesday, March 17, Metro-North will be no longer accepting cash fare payments at its ticket counters or on trains. Cash will be accepted at ticket vending machines. As of Wednesday, March 18, the following station ticket offices are closed:

  • Bronxville
  • Croton-Harmon
  • Mount Vernon East
  • New Rochelle
  • North White Plains
  • Port Chester
  • Rye
  • Tarrytown
  • White Plains

Westchester County Municipalities

Ardsley

The village declared a state of emergency from March 16 until April 17.

Village Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Village departments can be reached by calling 914-693-1550.

Village Court can be reached at 914-693-1703 and village police can be reached at 914-693-1700 for non-emergency issues.

Bedford 

Town offices are closed. Parks are closed unless walking on trails or grounds. The Recycling Center is open and on a regular schedule. 

Town Supervisor Chris Burdick will hold a virtual Town Hall tomorrow, March 20 at 3:00 PM. You may participate by means of Zoom. Please join me. You do not need to have an account or incur any service charges.  Here’s how: Join Zoom Meeting click to go:
https://zoom.us/j/8679189653pwd=OGRNaDRCQzNZNU4yVHdIdnk2VC83UT09
Meeting ID: 867 918 9653Password: TownHall

Three Individuals Testing Positive in Bedford. There has an increase from one to three in the Westchester County report of confirmed cases in Bedford. It should be noted that HIPPA and privacy laws prohibit the disclosure to the public of the identity of any individual testing positive. It also should be noted that due to the insufficient capacity of testing kits and testing sites, the number of confirmed cases is lower than is likely to be the case. 

Briarcliff Manor

The village offices will be closed to the public.

Bronxville

The village has declared a state of emergency and is imposing an 8 p.m. curfew for all residents 18 years and under to avoid large gatherings. This week’s village election has been postponed until April 28. 

Bronxville police ask that visitors call ahead before arriving at the office. 

Croton 

Croton-on-Hudson declared a state of emergency on Monday, March 16, effective for 30 days.

“I hereby direct the police department, fire department, department of public works, and emergency medical services to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary,” Village Manager Janine King said in a statement.

The state of emergency provides the village manager, as chief executive officer, the ability to issue emergency orders, Croton officials said. One such order issued is the closure of all village playgrounds, ball fields, and basketball courts, with the goal of social distancing. The village’s passive parks and walking trails remain open.

The Croton Police Department has suspended the following programs indefinitely: Child Safety Seat Inspections; Croton Youth Cadet Program; DARE Program; Westchester County Youth Cadet Program; Prescription Drug Drop Off Box in Headquarters Lobby; Courtesy Civilian Fingerprinting; Coffee with a Cop.

All activities of the Croton Senior Citizens Club have been canceled through March 31, including the weekly meetings and the St. Patrick’s Day party. 

The village of Croton-on-Hudson has canceled all senior programs and recreational classes until further notice.

Eastchester

The Eastchester school district’s safety, security and infrastructure bond vote scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed until a later date.

Greenburgh

Greenburgh’s schools have been closed for two weeks and the town has canceled all of its community activities at the Theodore D. Young Community Center. Library services have been suspended.

Town Court sessions have been suspended for the week of March 16 to March 20.

Town Hall is closed to the public. All business is being conducted through the mail. Forms are available online, and paper forms can be requested over the phone and mailed to residents.

Meals on Wheels is still in effect.

Hastings 

The Village of Hastings’ Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for March 26 has been canceled. 

Mamaroneck

The Mamaroneck School District has closed all of its schools until March 30. This includes the closure of the Hommocks Pool. The pool and the Hommocks Ice Rink will remain closed through March 30. All other Town Recreation Programming scheduled through March 30 is postponed or canceled.  Please visit the Town’s Recreation Department website for a detailed list of program cancellations.

The Town Senior Center will remain open for now for the nutrition program and for small group senior citizen activities.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Village of Mamaroneck has been postponed. 

Mount Kisco

All village facilities, including the library, are closed until March 31. 

Mount Vernon

Alternate side parking is suspended until further notice. All alternate side tickets received since Monday, March 16th will be forgiven.

City Hall is open to the public on a limited basis.

  • Clerk’s Office – by appointment only – 665-2351 – 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Thursday.
  • Comptroller’s Office – 9 am to 2 pm
  • The Assessor’s Office is now closed to the public. Contact them at CMVrenewal@ci.mount-vernon.ny.us

The city is partnering with Feeding Westchester to provide food to the needy.

On Friday from 5 to 7 pm, non-perishables and fresh produce will be distributed at the Doles Center, 250 South 6th Avenue. Anyone who is homebound and needs food delivered should call 914-665-2420.

On Monday, March 16th, the City of Mount Vernon declared a State of Emergency effective immediately. Due to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak across the country, and there are grave concerns that the City of Mount Vernon is extremely vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19. As a result, we are taking the following steps during this State of Emergency:

1. Strongly urging Mount Vernon residents to stay inside their home from 9pm-5am, excluding those who are traveling for work.

Personal care businesses such as beauty salons, makeup studios, barbershops, spas, massage parlors, and nail salons are ordered to close starting on Wednesday.

We are recommending all businesses that are not grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and gas stations to close their stores by 5pm starting Wednesday and going forth operate between 11am and 5pm.

As we monitor the outbreak, we may close all businesses excluding health care operations, grocery stores, shelters, media outlets, gas stations and banks.

Restaurants may remain open offering take-out/delivery options only, as recommended by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

On Wednesday, march 18th, Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard has amended the State of Emergency Order following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.5; Beauty Salons, Barbershops, Nail Salons, Spas and Massage Parlors can re-open on Thursday, March 19th 2020.

Mount Vernon Public Library

The Mount Vernon Public Library is allowing residents to apply for library cards online. They will have 35 days to verify proof of city residency by uploading necessary documents online at mountvernonpubliclibrary.org or faxing documents to 914-699-1118. Applications will be immediately processed and pin numbers will be available to use digital services.

Patrons will have access to the library’s online electronic tutorial services, video, and music streaming, education resources, and audio and digital books. Self-serve media box checkout and check-in services will remain available at the library’s First Avenue entrance between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All other library services are suspended.

The library will develop shut-in services for homebound seniors who want access to the library’s collections.

New Rochelle

The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. has been canceled.

The Civil Service Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. has been canceled.

The New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency and Corporation for Local Development meetings scheduled for March 25 at 7:30 p.m. have been moved to 2:30 p.m. the same day. These meetings are closed to the public but the public could listen via telephone. The link will be provided on the IDA and CLD calendars.

City Hall will be closed to the public and all public hearings and citizens-to-be-heard are canceled until further notice. Essential municipal services, including sanitation, police, fire, and emergency medical responders will continue. 

To accommodate urgent inquiries for information and services, departments have set up the following phone numbers which will be operational during normal business hours 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.

  • Bureau of Buildings (914) 654-2034/2036
  • City Clerk (914) 654-2159
  • Assessment (914) 654-2052
  • Tax (914) 654-2059
  • Human Resources (914) 654-2168
  • Senior Services (914) 654-2365
  • City Manager (914) 654-2140

Parks remain open, and playgrounds are being regularly cleaned by park staff. Metered parking enforcement is suspended Citywide until further notice. 

The New Rochelle Public Library will be closed until March 25. A library spoken word event, “Read650,” was moved from March 15 to Oct. 18.

The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee with the Chamber, originally scheduled for March 11, has been postponed until April 8. Its Dinner Dance is postponed until May 20. 

For general information about the coronavirus outbreak, please visit newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

Ossining 

The Joseph G. Caputo Community Center is closed until further notice because the gym is being re-purposed to provide food distribution. Patrons can drive up or walk up for curbside distribution. 

Food distribution will be provided Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 20 at the following locations: the Ossining Community Center 9 a.m.-11 a.m., market square noon to 2 p.m. and the Star of Bethlehem Church 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Home delivered meals will continue for those seniors who have signed up. Seniors can sign up for daily welfare check calls by call 914-762-1350 to register to get a call each morning.

The Public Reception for the Lent Art Exhibit, originally scheduled for March 11 at The Center at Mariandale, was canceled. The exhibit will be on display through April 15. The reception will be rescheduled to a yet-to-be-determined date. 

The Senior Nutrition Program at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center will transition to only serving home-delivered meals starting Friday, March 13. All events and programs at the Senior Center have been canceled until further notice. 

All of the Town and Village of Ossining Parks including sports fields and courts, playgrounds, dog parks, and pavilions will be closed until further notice. The waterfront parks, walking, and jogging trails will remain open encouraging social distancing at these locations. Any questions, contact the Recreation Department at (914) 941-3189.

Dale Cemetery and Sparta Cemetery are closed with the exception of burials. Burial gatherings are limited to 10 people. For any questions about the cemetery closures, contact Dale Cemetery at (914) 941-1155 or the Town Supervisor’s Office at (914) 762-600`.

Peekskill 

A public hearing that was scheduled for Monday, March 23, on the creation of a Senior Citizen Advisory Council is postponed until further notice, by order of the city’s Common Council

All public events at the Hudson Valley MOCA scheduled in March will be postponed. For those who have made reservations for Portfolio Review Day on March 22, the event will continue as planned

Pelham 

The Pelham Town Court Thursday night sessions on March 12 and 19 and the Wednesday morning session March 18 have been canceled. 

Port Chester

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., take out meals will be available to all students through March 31 at the Edison School Orchid Street cafeteria entrance, the Park Avenue cafeteria entrance, and the entryways of JFK and King Street schools. Each student will receive a package with breakfast and lunch items to take home.

The Open Door health centers at JFK and PCMS are available to Port Chester students in need of care. No walk-ins allowed, call ahead and make an appointment. To make that appointment call 914-939-1477

The Don Bosco Boys and Girls Club closed. Out of concern for the daily supper that the club’s children depend on, each weekday at 4 p.m. starting in March there will be a take out dinner outside the club at 22 Don Bosco Place. The dinner program is only available to members to the Boys and Girls Club and their siblings. 

Rye 

The Rye Police Department is closed to the public. 

Rye Brook

The American Heart Association’s Westchester Go Red for Women luncheon at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook has been rescheduled from April 3 to May 27.

Tarrytown

The village declared a state of emergency on March 15. Members of the public are temporarily prohibited from entering any village facilities, including the senior center and recreation center.

Village departments are accessible via phone or email. Playgrounds are closed until further notice. Parks are open.

Members of the public are temporarily banned from attending village board meetings.

The Westchester Women’s Summit, scheduled for March 19 at the Doubletree by Hilton Tarrytown has been postponed to Sept. 10.

The full-day conference will feature former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson and former Obama administration national security adviser and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as keynote speakers.

Yorktown 

Town Supervisor Matt Slater has declared a local state of emergency after the parent of a Yorktown Central School District student tested positive for coronavirus.

The declaration allows the town supervisor to issue emergency orders that could include curfews, regulating movement into and out of certain areas and ordering public places closed, among other powers, according to a statement.

On Saturday, Slater issued three emergency orders:

  • Owners and managers of residential buildings with more than six dwelling units, and all homeowners associations, condominium boards and cooperative boards in town must provide town officials with reliable emergency contact information. The information should be sent to jbelcastro@yorktownny.org by 5 p.m. March 18 in the following format: building address, full name, telephone number and email address of a primary and secondary emergency contact person.
  • All permits and licenses the town issues to door-to-door peddlers and solicitors are suspended.
  • All providers of home health aide services in Yorktown must ensure their home health aides are screened for warning signs of COVID-19 and cleared before they start new assignments in town.

The Town Board’s meetings are canceled in March.

Town officials have expanded restrictions on public gatherings to protect public health. Public-health safety measures include:

• The Nutrition Center will be closed until April 1. Staff will be enhancing the meals on wheels program to deliver to seniors who rely on town services.

• All extracurricular activities at the Albert A. Cappellini Community and Cultural Center will be suspended until April 1.

• Staff who enter occupied homes for inspections or repairs will only do so for emergencies until April 1.

• The John C. Hart Memorial Library will limit its capacity during operating hours and it will close on Sundays until April 1.

• Governmental meetings will continue, but public hearings will be postponed until April.

• Yorktown Stage will close through April 1 and their production of The Sound of Music scheduled for the end of April is canceled.

• SOAC Basketball’s season finale scheduled for next week is postponed to an undetermined date in April.

• Maple Weekends at Hilltop Hanover Farm and White Oak Farm on March 21, 22, 28 and 29 are canceled.

• Hilltop Hanover Farm’s Pancake Breakfasts are canceled.

• The housing voucher program (Section 8) at the Cappellini center will only accept mailed applications.

On Sunday, Slater issued additional emergency orders, which are as follows: 

  • Access to town-owned buildings (other than Yorktown Police Headquarters and Yorktown Justice Court) will be restricted to town employees only. 
  • No more than two people at a time may occupy the lobby of the Yorktown Police Headquarters and Yorktown Justice Court. 
  • Town’s Building Maintenance Director will install a secure drop box outside Town Hall, which will be emptied every business day at 9 a.m. Town documents may be deemed receivable by the town on the previous business day. 
  • Town employees may work remotely if approved by their department heads. 
  • All child care facilities in town will establish staggered pickup and drop-off times to reduce crowding in entrances and hallways by at least 50%. 

On Monday, Slater issued two additional orders:

  • All town playgrounds and ball fields are closed. Passive recreation areas, like trails, remain open. 
  • All supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and warehouse clubs must allow senior citizens and people with respiratory conditions and compromised immune systems to shop inside their establishments for at least 30 minutes without any other customers allowed inside. 

On Tuesday, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and town officials launched Yorktown’s Take-Out Pledge in support of Main Street small businesses. The pledge consists of a social media campaign and a Google Sheets informing the public who’s offering take-out, curb-side pickup or home delivery.

The public link to the Google Sheets is https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DRTu3HoB2pAauN6v2rMA6mIKJsks5fZl8b02T2B_Eqk/edit?usp=sharing

Yonkers

The Yonkers police station has closed to the public. If you need immediate assistance, please call 914-377-7724. Police are also asking Yonkers residents currently self-quarantined to alert them by calling -914-377-7900. This is a VOLUNTARY request; the information will be used to notify first responders should you need assistance. 

All Yonkers public buildings are closed to walk-ins. 

The 65th annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade planned for March 21 has now been postponed to Sept. 19, the half-way point to St. Patrick’s Day 2021. 

Yonkers Raceway has suspended racing through Wednesday, March 18. John Brennan, a horse trainer who lived in New Jersey, came down with coronavirus and died.   

All Police Facilities will be closed to the public.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced several city programs have been canceled. Effective immediately, the following programs/events will be canceled through March 27:

• Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation Senior Recreational Programs at:

  • Cola Community Center
  • Scotti Community Center
  • Bernice Spreckman Community Center
  • Nodine Community Center
  • Nepperhan Community Center

• Senior Centers at non-parks facilities at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Hall, Runyon House, Northeast Jewish Center, Nepperhan Community Center and Our Lady of Fatima

• Little Learners Program located at the Cola, Scotti, Spreckman Community Centers and Will Library

• All Parks Community Recreation and Developmentally Disabled Programs at Parks Facilities

• All indoor Parks Department program permits at Yonkers Public Schools

• All public programs scheduled at all Yonkers Public Library branches. All city libraries are closed on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17

• All Mayor Advisory Boards meetings

• Mayor’s Mobile Tax Offices

• E.J. Murray’s Skating Rink

• Coyne Park Rifle Range

• City of Yonkers events through the end of March including Women of Distinction Ceremony, Yonkers Senior Spring Dance and the Yonkers Annual Skating Exhibition

*Note: All Office for the Aging nutritional programs for seniors will remain operational; sites will be closed starting Monday, March 16. Yonkers Animal Shelter will remain open by appointment only. 

To limit residents’ need to visit City Hall to pay taxes due next month, City of Yonkers also will reimburse online credit card fees should taxpayers opt to pay taxes online at www.yonkersny.gov.

The JCY-Westchester Community Partners Holocaust Remembrance Program at the Lincoln Park Jewish Center scheduled for March 9-13, was canceled, as a precaution. Efforts to reschedule the program will be made.  

The Untermyer Performing Arts Council has delayed the start of its Creative Hands-free Art Course for Children until March 28.

Yonkers police are asking city residents who are self-quarantined due to COVID-19 to report that information to police by calling 914-377-7900. It is a voluntary request that the city is making “in a continuing effort to ensure the safety of our community members, police officers, and first responders,” police said in a statement on March 16.

The information will be used to create an alert in the city’s computer-aided dispatch system to notify first responders of the need for special resources in case of a response to a self-quarantined resident’s location. Residents’ information will not be shared with any outside organizations or saved in a database once the alert expires, police said.

White Plains

White Plains Library: The library will be closed from March 15 until further notice. All of the library’s programs are canceled through March. All youth-focused programs have been canceled through April 12. Latest information on the library’s website, www.whiteplainslibrary.org

The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center is suspending all in-person groups and services effective immediately through March 31.

The Westchester: The Westchester mall in White Plains closed on Wednesday, March 18, and will reopen on March 29.

Stay tuned to Black Westchester as we will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

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