UPDATED: Coronavirus Closings, Cancellations & Postponements

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Last Updated – 4/5/20  10:50am


OTHER EVENTS/ACTIVITIES/ETC

  • CHEER has suspended housekeeping and companion services indefinitely.  A CHEER representative will call customers periodically to check on their well-being.  If any customer is in need of other CHEER services, please call 302-515-3040.
  • The Delaware Democratic Party is immediately suspending our Delegate Selection Caucus process and all corresponding district-level votes.
  • The Riverfront Theater in Milford will be closed to the public until April 5
  • Clear Space Theater – offices are closed until at least May 15
    – Clear Space is modifying the performances dates for Spotlight on Young Performers HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, URINETOWN, and CONSTELLATIONS.  Clear Space is not releasing the performance dates yet but hopes to perform all three shows before the summer repertory opens the end of June.  Go to www.ClearSpaceTheatre.org or Clear Space’s Facebook page for updates.
  • RACES Room at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center in Georgetown, Delaware is closed until further notice. The following AUXCOMM / RACES activities are CANCELLED:
    – April 7 – Open Operating Night
    – April 9 – AUXCOMM / RACES regular meeting
  • Lewes Historical Society
    – Children’s Discovery Center wing of the Lewes History Museum CLOSED
    – April Tavern Talk postponed to June 5-6
  • Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding – closed through May 15, 2020 or until the public health threat has been eliminated.
  • * Wed, April 8 – The Rehoboth Art League’s Lunch with a Purpose Fundraiser on April 8 is rescheduled for September 9, 2020 and will be held at The Baywood Clubhouse
  • Fri, April 10 – Dover Downs Hotel and Casino has canceled the Tyler Farr performance at the Rollins Center
  • April 12 – Ocean City Easter Sunrise Service on Boardwalk – canceled
  • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s office is closed through April 3. We will assess weekly to determine if there is a need to extend the closure further. Our Leadership Team has enacted an Emergency Response Plan that includes a remote work policy for office staff and requires social distancing for our construction and ReStore teams.
    Construction sites are temporarily closed to volunteers through April 15. The week before, we will issue a message either confirming or extending this date.
  • April 16 – Milford’s Shakespeare Day – canceled
  • April 18 – Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber – Merchants’ Attic Indoor Garage Sale – CANCELED
  • Saturday, April 18 – Ocean City Walk MS – canceled
  • April 24 & 25 – DE GOP State Convention – rescheduled to May 15 & 16
  • April 24 – 26 – Ocean City – Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition – canceled
  • April 25 – 17th Annual Bug and Bud Festival in Milford is canceled
  • * Sat, April 25 – cancels Earth Day & Zoo Stampede 5K
  • * April 25 – Town of Milford municipal election and referendum to authorize borrowing for the proposed new police station has been postponed indefinitely
  • April 25 – Ocean Pines Community Expo to rescheduled to September 12, 2020. Same time frame, same location.
  • April 27-29 – Maryland International Kite Festival – Ocean City – canceled
  • The Milton Historical Society CLOSED through Thursday, April 30th
  • May 2 – Ocean City Island to Island Half Marathon/5K – canceled
  • May 2-3  Ocean City Spring Cleanup/Bulk Pick up – canceled
  • May 7-10  Ocean City Springfest 2020 has been canceled
  • * May 8 – Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities – C.A.R.E.S. conference is canceled
  • * May 11 – First Annual Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation Charity Golf Tournament in Wilmington has been postponed until August 31
  • Rehoboth Art League campus will be closed to the public through May 15
  • May 15 – 17 – Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber – Spring Sidewalk Sale – CANCELED
  • * Through May 18 – Cancer Support Community – we are continuing our suspension of all in-person support, mind/body stress reduction and education programming, re-opening on Monday, May 18.
  • May 30 – Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber – Beach Goes Red, White & Blue event – CANCELED
  • May 30-31 – Ocean City Sportsman Expo – canceled
  • June 4 – Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in OC & Worcester County – canceled
  • June 10-13 – Special Olympics Delaware has canceled the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Summer Games.
  • * June 18-21 – Firefly Concert in Dover – canceled
  • * June 19 – DFRC Blue-Gold All Star Football Game – canceled
  • * June 22-26 – DSP Academy – 49th Trooper Youth Week canceled
  • Sussex County Libraries – suspending all activities and events at their facilities through at least the end of March.  Hours of operation will resume at an appropriate future date based on guidance from public health and emergency management officials. The closure applies to the County-owned Greenwood, Milton, and South Coastal (Bethany Beach) libraries, as well as the County’s Bookmobile/Mobile Library.
  • Georgetown Public Library – closed and all programs & events are canceled until further notice.
    – Outstanding items automatically renewed
    – Items on hold will be held
    – Book drop is open & cleaned out while library is staffed
  • Rehoboth Beach Public Library– closed till State of Emergency is lifted
  • Biggs Museum of American Art – have temporarily closed the galleries in an effort to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff. With that, all public and private events will be on hold until further notice. We will contact those who have registered for upcoming programs directly
  • First State Brew Tours has suspended public tour operations until further notice.
  • US Coast Guard AUX activities have been suspended
  • Civil Air Patrol – All DE Wing Cadet activities are suspended
  • Worcester County Recreation Center (WCRC) will remain closed to the public, and all programs and activities will be cancelled. Worcester County parks will remain open for passive activities until further notice. For more information or to speak with Recreation & Parks staff, please call 410-632-2144, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email  recandparks@co.worcester.md.us
  •  New Life Thrift Shop will not be opening for business and donations until further notice.

HOSPITALS

  • Peninsula Regional Health Systems – Visitation suspended at Peninsula Regional Health System Hospitals – Peninsula Regional and Nanticoke beginning on Friday, March 20 at both Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, DE.  Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for specific situations including end of life. Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients will be permitted, as long as neither is symptomatic. In Labor & Delivery, two visitors including the professional support person or postpartum helper will be allowed. One visitor will be allowed in the surgery waiting area per patients, and social distancing is encouraged.
  • Beebe Healthcare is suspending all non-urgent diagnostic testing, physical rehabilitation, and screenings. This includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab. Beebe is postponing all non-urgent outpatient diagnostic exams and services for at least 6 weeks (May 4) and will re-evaluate as we approach that date
  • Bayhealth Hospital – Bayhealth has adopted new temporary visitor restriction policies. The new policies are as follows:- Bayhealth Hospital, Kent and Sussex Campuses will accept no visitors. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for laboring patients, neonatal intensive care patients, pediatric patients, end-of-life patients, and for patients undergoing urgent procedures or surgeries.
    – Bayhealth Medical Group practices, Bayhealth Emergency Center in Smyrna, Bayhealth Cancer Centers, and Bayhealth Outpatient Centers will accept no visitors. Exceptions will be made if the patient requires assistance.
  • Atlantic General Hospital – No hospital visitors will be permitted, effective at noon on March 27, 2020
    – No visitors under age 18 are permitted to visit to Atlantic General Health System clinics, urgent care facilities and physician offices with the exception of pediatric providers.
    – The cafeteria and chapel will only be available to associates, providers and those approved in the updated visitor policy.
    – AGHRx RediScripts pharmacy’s store will not be available to the public. Any customers who need to pick up or drop off prescriptions will be able to do so through curb-side service. Just call 410-641-9240, and a staff member will come out to help you. If you do not have a cell phone, please call in advance.

SCHOOLS:

  • * All Delaware Public Schools – Closed through May 1
  • * Diocese of Wilmington will close Catholic schools in Maryland and Delaware through May 18
  • * All Maryland Public Schools – Closure extended through April 24
  • Wicomico County Schools – There will not be any events for Wicomico Schools or in the facilities of Wicomico County Public Schools – including community events.
    CANCELLED:
    – 4/22-25 VCR Vex World Championships, Louisville KY (canceled by organizer; several WCPS teams had qualified)
  •  Salisbury University – classes will remain online for the duration of the spring semester. All events at SU remain canceled until further notice, and campus buildings are closed to the public.
  • * UPDATED:  University of Delaware – University of Delaware will postpone its 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled on Saturday, May 30, in Delaware Stadium.  Importantly, this is not a cancellation.  UD officials are weighing the multiple factors in staging an event as complex as Commencement to determine the best course ahead.
    – Updates on other specific University operations will be listed in the FAQ section on UD’s coronavirus web page.
  • UPDATED:  Delaware State University is extending online instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  Other changes are being put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic – click here for more – including options for Spring Graduation
  • * UPDATED:  Wesley College – The Campus is closed to the public until further notice, and instruction for the remainder of the semester will be completed online.
    – Planning continues for an alternative/virtual commencement recognition ceremony in May, as well as a possible Fall commencement. The Office of Student Affairs will provide updates once more information is available. Check the college website for updated information
  • UPDATED:  UMES – Campus is closed – distance-learning instruction will be delivered online in courses for which this is possible.
  • UPDATED:  Delaware Tech – Campuses remain open. Credit classes resumed March 23 in a distance learning format. Continuing Education courses are suspended until further notice.Effective Monday, March 30, open computer labs, campus bookstores, and food pantries will be available during the temporary hours listed below:
    Monday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Wednesday 12 – 6 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    These hours are subject to change. The College’s website is the best source for hours, locations and additional details.
  • UPDATED:  Wor-Wic Community College – campus is closed through 4/19 and events are canceled through 5/16. Classes and services are being offered remotely. Registrations for upcoming classes are being accepted
  • UPDATED:  Wilmington University – All classes will remain online until the end of the Spring 2020 semester, May 3. University campuses and sites are closed through May 15, with all business conducted remotely.
    – Wilmington University has tentatively rescheduled its spring commencement ceremonies for Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, in Wilmington, Delaware. While commencement will take place this fall, your degrees will still be conferred in the spring once final grades are received, and diplomas will be mailed this summer.
  • * UPDATED:  Goldey-Beacom College – the campus is closed through May 15 or when the State of Emergency is lifted.
    – The 2020 Graduation Ceremony has been postponed. The College shares the graduates’ disappointment and will provide updated information as it becomes available. Students planning to graduate should still complete the graduation Petition Form available on Campus Web, if they have not already done so. Students will still be able to pick up their regalia. Dates and times for this will be announced once available.

GOVERNMENT

  • Delaware State of Emergency – effective 8am, Friday, March 13
      • Requires the DE National Guard to take actions to assist the state’s coronavirus response;
      • Advises event organizers to cancel non-essential public gatherings of 100 people or more;
      • Allows the state to conduct public meetings electronically;
      • Prohibits price gouging, or an excessive price increase of goods or services.
  • UPDATED:  Delaware State Legislature postponed TFN
  • * Sussex County Government – suspend public hearings for ordinances, land use applications and other matters requiring citizen input until further notice.
    – Meetings of the three Sussex County bodies will continue, as needed, in order for general business and other matters that have moved through the public hearing process to proceed. The public will not be permitted entry to any meetings, as permitted by emergency gubernatorial authority. However, all meetings will be broadcast live, and archived, on the County’s website at www.sussexcountyde.gov. The public is urged to monitor the County website for updates on future meetings and agendas.
    – County offices remain operational, but closed to the public. Only those individuals needing to drop off or pick up critical documents are permitted entry to the County Administrative Offices building
  • Maryland State of Emergency 3/11
  • New York City State of Emergency 3/12
  • US Capitol and White House closed to visitors
  • Worcester County Commissioners have closed Worcester County Government (WCG) offices to the public. This enhanced measure has been implemented to protect the health of the public and WCG employees.
    All WCG offices will continue standard operating hours to continue to provide all public services at this time. The following options are available to those seeking WCG services:
    – Call WCG staff. A list of phone numbers is available on the WCG website and in the Worcester County Government Center (WCGC) atrium.
    – Deposit essential documents in drop-off boxes in the WCGC first floor atrium and at the Isle of Wight office building.
    – Solid Waste Division operations, including the Central Landfill in Newark, and the Homeowner Convenience Centers throughout the county, will remain open during standard hours of operation.
    – Operating schedules are subject to change throughout this health crisis. A schedule of current WCG closings and the latest updates are available at www.co.worcester.md.us/covid-19-info.
    Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill, all Senior Centers, and the County Libraries throughout the County are closed to the public. All other WCG departments are continuing to provide needed public services. At this time, the Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill, the Central Landfill in Newark, and the Homeowner Convenience Centers throughout the county will remain open during standard hours of operation.
  • Social Security Field Offices – all field offices throughout the nation are closed to the public until further notice – for information – https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

CHURCHES

      • Lutheran Church of Our Savior – Even though the building of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach is currently closed, the LCOS members are still actively serving our community’s needs as well as offering the hope and re-assurance we have in Jesus through our social media presence. We have taken the opportunity of the current Covid-19 restrictions to start sharing our worship experiences live each Sunday at 10:30. We also are posting regular words of encouragement throughout the week.  All of this can be found at our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/lcosrehoboth/ So please
        check us out.
        Also, if you are in need assistance (ie. Running an errand like picking up meds, groceries or the like) or would like to share a prayer request, please feel free to private message us from our page as well. We have a number of people ready and willing to safely assist. Prayers and blessings for each of you from your friends at LCOS.
      • Westminster Presbyterian Church – 301 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, will remain closed until Governor Carney lifts the State of Emergency. Worshipers may participate in Sunday services throughout this period via the website, www.westminster-rehoboth.org, which features the full audio of each prerecorded service and the corresponding order of service/bulletin.
      • UPDATED:  All public Masses in the Diocese of Wilmington are canceled until further notice
      • Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, Lewes Georgetown Hwy., Lewes has cancelled in-person Sunday Services for the rest of March. Check uussd.org. for updated information
      • Faith & Israel United Methodist Churches – Lewes – all physical morning and afternoon worship services, prayer worship, Bible Studies, Small Group studies, and meetings have been postponed until May 9, 2020, if not earlier. Beginning March 29th join Live every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. via Facebook Live. The Charge website: faith-israelunitedmethodistchurch.org

MUNICIPAL CLOSINGS

      • Town of Millsboro – some employees will be “working from work” for an average of 20 hours per “pay week” and “from home” for the remainder. Many Town employees, however, will continue working from work for 40 hours or more each week.
        – Town Hall will still be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Building-permit-related and other services will be provided via the drive-through window located on the Mitchell Street side of the Millsboro Town Center (322 Wilson Highway). The goal is to maintain close-to-normal operations.
        – Customers are encouraged to use the Town’s website, millsboro.org, to make payments.
      • * Town of Milford – Annual Election rescheduled for May 9, 2020, is hereby postponed and additional information will be provided once a new date can be established.
        If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at 302.422.1111 ext 1300 or 1303.
      • Town of Fenwick Island buildings and offices will be closed to the general public immediately. This includes Town Hall, Public Works Building, and Police Station. The Town Manager, in consultation with the Mayor, will evaluate continued office closures as needed, and will determine when the buildings will reopen to the public.The Fenwick Island Police Department will continue to respond to calls. Contact the police officer on duty at 302-542-8793. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.Everyone is encouraged to use the online payment portal on the Town’s website to make any payments. Payments may also be made by US mail.
      • Georgetown – Town of Georgetown buildings and offices will be closed to the general public immediately. This includes Town Hall, Town Administrative Offices, Public Works Building, and Wastewater Treatment Facility. The Town Manager, in consultation with the Mayor and Council, will evaluate continued office closures as needed, and will determine when the buildings will reopen to the public.Town of Georgetown Police, Public Works, and Wastewater crews will continue to respond to calls. Contact non-emergency police dispatch at 302-855-2980 and after-hours utilities emergencies at 302-381-5642 (sewer) and 302-236-2647 (water). In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
        Georgetown residents are encouraged to use the Town’s website  (www.georgetowndel.com) payment portal option for making utility billing payments. Payments may also be made by US mail and the drop box located at the Town’s Administrative Office.
        Town staff will continue to work on site while offices remain closed to the public. If you have a question for a staff member, Town staff will be available through email and telephone at 856-7391.
        Essential in-person meetings with Town staff may be arranged by appointment. Please call or email the department you need to meet with to arrange an appointment time.
        If you have any questions, please contact Town Offices at 302-856-7391.
      • Rehoboth BeachBuildings & Offices Closed to Public TFN.  The City of Rehoboth Beach is suspending all public commission and committee meetings until further notice as a precaution due to coronavirus.  All City permitted special events are canceled through April.  Rehoboth Beach Police, Public Works, Water, and Wastewater crews will continue to operate and will be available to respond to service calls. Residents are encouraged to use the City’s Citizen Self-Service Portal for making utility billing payments. Payments may also be made by US mail and the drop box located outside City Hall.
      • Bethany Beach – Bethany Beach will close all public buildings until further notice and canceling all public meetings for the near future.  Special Events are also canceled at this time until future notice.  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 302-539-8011. Staff is currently working on site and there is no expectation of any service disruption, however applications for residential parking and rental licenses should be done electronically – or dropped in drop box at town hall.The Bethany Police Department is fully operational and will be patrolling Bethany Beach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As always, if you have a Police emergency call 911. For other information or questions please call the Police Department at 302-539-1000.
      • Lewes – At this time, City offices remain open, yet the City strongly encourages people to do any business with the City that they can by phone, e-mail, or internet to minimize public interaction. We also ask that the public make appointments with staff if possible to minimize the amount of foot traffic in City Hall.Mayor and City Council cancelled all City meetings through April 10, 2020. Council acknowledged that they may need to schedule special meetings to address essential business. Any such meetings will be public noticed and streamed so that the public can listen. The public will also be given directions on how they can submit questions and comments remotely.
      • Lewes BPW – postponing pubic meetings until at least April 10. They ask the public limit visits to the office to only obtain applications for utility service, voter registration or candidate application.
      • Ocean City – please use public transit for essential travel only, and, if you must use public transit exercise social distancing. By reducing unnecessary travel and keeping our distance from one another public transit becomes safer for those who depend on it and for those who operate it. Winter Bus Schedule has been extended. No overnight bus service Friday and Saturday night; bus service is limited to 6:20 a.m. to 11:35 p.m., frequency of service is approximately every 40 minutes;
        – Ocean City leaders have made further steps to protect the health and safety of residents and employees.  Public access to Ocean City Hall, the Convention Center and Northside Park’s Recreation Complex – closed TFN.  Town employees will continue to work to provide services over the phone, email and online.  Closure of the Inlet parking lot boardwalk restrooms, Beach & Boardwalk until April 30
      • City of Seaford buildings and offices are closed to the general public. This includes City Hall, Public Utilities Building, Wastewater Treatment Facility and Parks & Recreation buildings. The City Manager, in consultation with the Mayor and Council, will evaluate continued offices closures as needed, and will determine when the buildings will reopen to the public.  Seaford residents are encouraged to use the City’s website, www.seafordde.com payment portal option for making utility billing payments. Payments may also be made by US mail, via the drive through window at City Hall or the drop box located at City Hall.  Essential in-person meetings can be arranged by appointment.  Seaford Police, Electric and Public Works crews will continue to respond to calls and city staff will remain on the job and can be reached by phone.
      • The City of Salisbury, in cooperation with the Wicomico Health Department, Wicomico County Government, and other allied agencies has created www.coronarecoverytaskforce.com – a repository of useful information and links to important news and developments.
        – Citizens in need of unemployment assistance are encouraged to visit https://bit.ly/SBYunemployment
        PUBLIC SERVICES

        • ALL Municipal Parking (lots, garage and street parking) will be free of charge until further notice.  Permit parking will still be enforced.
        • The City of Salisbury will ONLY accept payments online and by mail.  We will suspend late fees through 30 days beyond the end of the State of Emergency.  Payment windows at the Government Office Building will be closed until further notice. As noted in previous releases, NO water shutoffs will occur during this time period. The City of Salisbury Finance Department should be completed remotely at 833-SBY-CITY, finance@salisbury.md, https://salisbury.md/departments/finance/pay.
        • The City of Salisbury will ONLY accept permit applications online. This includes all permits issued by the Department of Infrastructure & Development, Department of Business Development, Finance Department and Department of Housing & Community Development. The City of Salisbury Department of Infrastructure & Development can be reached remotely at 833-SBY-CITY, infdev@salisbury.mdhttps://salisbury.md/departments/infrastructure-development.
        • All licenses that expire March 5th and after are extended until 30 days after the end of Maryland’s State of Emergency.
        • The City of Salisbury will continue Outreach and Case Management for our homeless neighbors. City-funded homeless services will remain active.
        • All public safety services (Police, Fire, EMS, etc.) remain unchanged.
        • City Council Meetings will proceed as planned, however citizens are urged to take advantage of our community’s public access television simulcast of the meeting rather than attending in-person. You may view the meeting live at www.pac14.org
        • All critical public services, including trash and recycling, water and sewer services remain unchanged. There is no need to stockpile bottled water.
        • Utilities will NOT conduct water shutoffs for unpaid bills for the duration of the State of Emergency. Water shutoff for unpaid water bills will resume no earlier than 30 days
        • Until further notice, job applications, and requests for information on compensation or benefits from the City of Salisbury Human Resources Department should be accessed remotely at 833-SBY-CITY, jobs@salisbury.mdhttps://salisbury.md/departments/human-resources.
        • All City of Salisbury Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees and Task Force meetings are canceled. Task Forces may continue to meet remotely.
        • All City of Salisbury employee work travel out of state is hereby canceled during the period of the State of Emergency and all personal travel out of state is discouraged.

        EVENTS:

        • All youth and Community Center programming is suspended from Monday, March 16 until public schools reopen to students.
        • April 18 – The Average Joe’s 0.5k will be rescheduled to a date to be determined.
        • May 16 – The Hops on the River event will be rescheduled to a date to be determined.
        • The Census 2020 Neighborhood Walk will be rescheduled to a date to be determined.
        • All events permitted by the City through Easter (April 12, 2020) are canceled. No City support services will be provided to these events and no leases of City property during that time period will be honored. Deposits will be returned, if requested, or held for a rescheduled date.

        SPORTS

        • All sporting events – professional, national, regional, college suspended – including March Madness
        • PGA – Augusta National Golf Club has cancelled the Masters (2nd weekend in April)
        • * UPDATED:  NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3rd (see below), with plans to return racing in Martinsville.
        • * May 1-3 – Dover International Speedway’s NASCAR triple-header weekend has been postponed to a future date
        • Start of Delmarva Shorebirds – season delayed
        • June 19 – DFRC Blue-Gold All Star Football Game – canceled