Germantown Covid-19 Update: December 16th, 2020

December 16th, 2020


As we all know, COVID-19 infection rates are increasing at an alarming rate in the United States and are rising daily in Columbia County as well.  Help from vaccines is on the horizon, but for now our best defenses are to wear masks in public, to maintain social distancing, use sanitizer and wash your hands, and to avoid indoor gatherings. We all want to be with friends and relatives during the holiday season but stopping the spread of the virus needs to be our top concern. Please be safe.

The Town Hall, including all offices, are open on a limited basis.  Please refer to the office hours posted on our website as there have been some changes.  Visitors will be logged in and screened for COVID-19 in accordance with the NYS mandated Safety Plan which we have developed.  Please make sure you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The Germantown Town Court is closed to in-person proceedings until further notice. Questions regarding scheduling may be directed to the Court Clerk at

Please note that due to limited court operations, email communication is preferred.  The Court may also be contacted at (518) 537-6687; follow the prompts to reach the Court Clerk’s extension, and leave a voice mail message.

The Dog Park is open.  Please use the sanitizer at the park, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

The Town Playground in Palatine Park is open.  Please use the sanitizer at the park, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

The Kellner Community Activity Building and the Parsonage will remain closed until further notice.

As we reopen in phases under the Governor’s plan, we will continue to provide updates as quickly as possible.  Please practice social distancing if you do go outside. And please wear a mask if you will be in proximity to others.

The Town Board will meet remotely on December 29, 2020, January 5, 2021 and January 12, 2021 using Zoom audio/video technology. The information about how the public can participate will be posted on the Town Website the day prior to the meeting.

The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals will meet remotely in December and January as necessary. Similarly, GEDAC, LWRP committee and WAC will also meet remotely. The boards and committees will use Zoom audio/video technology. Please check the calendar and “News” on our website for more details about upcoming meetings, agendas and information about how the public can participate.

We will reassess the situation by January 15, 2021.
We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our partners at Columbia County to do what is best for Germantown.

Covid 19: Declaration of State of Emergency. Read the details by clicking here.