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Updates Related to COVID-19

Date Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020


Town of South Bethany public buildings are closed to the public until restrictions are lifted. Staff is available via telephone or email during normal business hours to answer questions and provide needed services.  A walk up window on the Town Hall front deck is open for purchasing parking permits during regular business hours.

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.

Governor Carney Announces Reopening of Beaches to Delawareans with restrictions at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, subject to strict social distancing requirements and other restrictions. Out-of-state quarantine will remain in place.  Click or tap here to open announcement.

ACT Letter to Governor Carney Regarding Beach Reopening

Press Release – Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public Settings

Governor Carney’s Letter on Economic Recovery – Click or Tap Here

Press Release – Governor Carney Issues Updated State of Emergency Bans Short-Term Rentals

Press Release-Governor Carney Orders Out-of-State Travelers to Immediately Self-Quarantine for 14 Days

Q&A on Visiting Beach Houses – Click or Tap Here

Fact Sheet – Businesses, Essential Trips and COVID-19

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/

Delmarva Power Warns Customers About Utility Scammers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Press Release – Governor Carney Moves Presidential Primary Date to June 2

Press Release – Governor Carney Issues Stay-at-Home Order for Delawareans – Click or Tap Here

Our staff is available via telephone or email during normal business hours to answer questions and provide needed services.  A walk up window on the Town Hall front deck is open for purchasing parking permits.  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 will continue to monitor the situation and make further mitigation strategies as necessary.

Town Council will continue to meet via electronic methods 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.

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.