NORWALK — Officials reported 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Norwalk on Thursday, bringing the total number of postive cases in the city reported since March to 1,960.

No new deaths were reported on Thursday as the city went into its second day of outdoor dining, beaches and retail being open following two months of closure due to COVID-19.

There will be no garbage or recycling collection Monday, May 25. Meal distribution sites will be closed and students will have a day off from distance learning in observance of Memorial Day. Families will be able to pick up food for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on Friday, May 22, at any of the 15 distribution sites. For a complete list of locations visit 

With the cancelation of this year’s Memorial Day Parade due to COVID-19, Mayor Harry Rilling and the American Legion encourage residents to pay tribute to fallen heroes at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) on Monday, May 25, by lighting candles and placing them on front porches or leaving a light on in the window. As physical distancing measures limit the ability to perform traditional Memorial Day remembrances, such a display will help honor those who served.

“Memorial Day Weekend is usually the kick-off to summer with backyard BBQs and full days at the beach with friends and family. Some people might be tempted to return to these seemingly harmless activities, but it is so important that we continue to follow social distancing guidelines and to not congregate with those outside of our home,” Rilling said. “Unfortunately, this year won’t be the Memorial Day Weekend we have all come to know and love. There are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate the weekend and enjoy our wonderful businesses and restaurants while adhering to these guidelines. I ask the public to continue to protect yourselves and your community - enjoy the weekend Norwalk and stay safe.”