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Enfield, Plainfield postpone Town Meeting because of coronavirus

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/13/2020 2:55:22 PM
Modified: 3/14/2020 5:39:29 PM

At least two towns in the Upper Valley have canceled Town Meetings scheduled for Saturday morning because of concerns about the new coronavirus.

Enfield Town Meeting is postponed until May 9, and Plainfield Town Meeting has been postponed until June, town officials announced on Friday.

Plainfield Town Meeting will instead be held at 10 a.m. on June 13 inside the Plainfield School gymnasium, according to Town Administrator Steve Halleran, who said the decision was made in response to growing concerns about COVID-19.

"People were telling us they were not feeling comfortable coming to the meeting," he said in a phone interview on Friday.

Croydon and Piermont plan to forge ahead with their meetings on Saturday, but will be cleaning things and have hand sanitizer on hand.

“We haven’t had any cases in our town, and as far I know no one is feeling ill. They can stay home if they are,” said Piermont Town Moderator Joyce Tompkins. “We’re just going to go for it.”

Meanwhile, Thetford Academy has canceled classes for Monday and plans to hold a 3-day school week next week. Friday, March 20 was already scheduled as an in-service day, and the shorter workweek will allow for the school “to prepare for a remote learning approach should it be necessary in the coming weeks,” the school said on its webpage. Custodial crews will also do additional work on cleaning and disinfecting.


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