Updates Related to COVID-19Date Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
We continue to monitor the ongoing changes in response to the spread of the COVID19 virus. As you are aware new recommendations are being made at both the Federal and State level on a daily basis.
Therefore due to the National State of Emergency, and now modified State of Emergency in Delaware, and the continued medical advice from both Federal and State officials on the importance of social distancing: The Town of South Bethany public buildings are closed to the public through May 15, 2020.
Up-To-Date Information: For current and factual information visit the CDC website at https://www.coronavirus.gov/
The State of Delaware has provided very good community information on their website coronavirus.delaware.gov. Visitors to the site may scroll down to Community Resources for valuable information if you are looking for help or want to help. Included is information about grocery stores, crisis services, food assistance, volunteering, student meal programs, donating, unemployment benefits, and more.
Click or tap the following link to view the comprehensive list of Governor Carney’s Public Health State of Emergency Declarations/Orders: https://governor.delaware.gov/health-soe/
Pursuant to the Third Modification to a Declaration of State of Emergency, Governor Carney closed the Delaware beaches effective at 5:00 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020. This closure is in effect until May 15, 2020, or the public threat of COVID 19 has been eliminated.
The Town of South Bethany, as authorized by the Governor’s Declaration, has determined that the beaches within the Town shall be CLOSED for ALL purposes. That is, no one will be allowed on the beaches for exercise or any other purposes while the Governor’s order remains in effect. The Town will be enforcing this directive and no activity will be allowed on the beach effective immediately. It is required that everyone abide by this directive and not go to the beach. We further encourage everyone to stay in place at their primary residence, and for non-full time residents to visit South Bethany once this public health crisis passes. There are limited hospital beds in this area to cover from Ocean City to Lewes and points westward in Sussex County, in the event of a public health crisis, and ask that you take this into consideration before traveling to the beach.
We are in contact with Beebe Medical Center as well to gain guidance on mitigation strategies we can take as a community to limit the spread of COVID-19 among coastal towns. We will continue to apprise you of any information as it is provided to us. Please observe and continue to follow social distancing recommendations as well as other recommendations by the CDC.
Our staff is available via telephone or email during normal business hours to answer questions and provide needed services. The Town Hall general information telephone number is 302-539-3653. Staff is currently working on-site and there is no expectation of any service disruption. We ask everyone to be patient with our staff throughout this process. All building code questions should continue to be directed to Joseph Hinks at 302-539-3653, ext. 211.
There is no disruption in Police Department service.
We encourage you to conduct business via telephone, email, mail or online at our website during this period.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make further mitigation strategies as necessary.
- Town Hall will be closed to the public until May 15.
- Town Council will continue to meet via electronic methods through May 15 as per the guidance provided by Governor Carney in the Proclamation released Friday, March 13, 2020. All Agenda postings will contain the method to listen to the meeting.
- Town staff continues to work and support all property owners. If you need to conduct business with the Town or would like to purchase parking permits, please contact Town Hall via telephone, email, or buy online.
- All Town planned activities are cancelled or postponed until after May 15. The Mediacom public forum scheduled for April 4 from 10-12 is postponed and a new date will be set once we have further information.
The Town continues to plan for the summer season. We are hiring our seasonal staff and preparing for business as usual. We all want this to be a relaxing and fantastic summer, and once this crisis passes, it will be well needed by all. We continue to plan for the best.
We encourage everyone to practice social distancing throughout Town and follow the CDC guidelines.
Our decision to implement these necessary steps is in response to the Coronavirus crisis and in the interest of proper health and safety practices. Your health, and the health of Town staff, is our highest priority. We encourage you to follow the guidance and recommendations of the local, state and federal governments. We will continue to review the situation as it evolves and inform you of any further changes.
Please stay safe and stay well. We will continue to update you as we learn more and make further decisions.