Hudson announces new measures to fight COVID-19 spread


By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Hudson – The Town of Hudson announced more cancellations and tougher sanitation procedures than previously discussed March 13 in a statement addressing responses to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic by almost all facets of the community’s municipal government.

At Town Hall, officials say they urge residents to conduct as much of their business online or through the mail as possible. Across the street, the Hudson Senior Center is scaling back its programming while the town simultaneously suspends “temporary use of indoor Town space by outside public groups.”

As public meetings continue, meanwhile, officials say they’re working with the town’s local access TV station to livestream as many such meetings as possible, and to enable remote public participation. All that, they say, attempts to minimize the size of any gatherings within Town Hall itself.

Where such minimization is impossible, however, officials say they’re postponing all “large public meetings” anticipated to draw over 50 attendees.

Generally remaining open, though, the Town Hall will eventually benefit, from a “mobile disinfection unit” the town recently bought, according to this recently released statement. The unit, the statement reads, will now be circulating through all public buildings, with priority given to the town’s fire and police stations.

That latter emphasis falls in line with comments Executive Assistant Tom Moses made to the Community Advocate earlier in the week, stressing the need to protect first responders who he described as being on “the front lines” of the Coronavirus fight.

This news does come at the end of a busy week in which Moses has, broadly emphasized his desire to take action to ensure the now sprawling health crisis does not cripple any aspects of his town’s essential services.

Even as it clamped down on many of its wider functions, Hudson government appeared committed to holding to Moses’ goal saying, simply, that it aims to “remain open and fully functioning.”