- The Town of Bethany Beach will fully reopen its beach and boardwalk at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, with parking modifications in place to help control crowding and safety measures in place. Per state order, masks or protective face coverings are required along the street, in shops and on the boardwalk, while they are strongly recommended for use on the beach.
- Lifeguards will resume service for the summer season beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.
- Parking enforcement has been delayed until June 1. Pay-to-park spaces along Atlantic Avenue (the beachfront road) and in the beach-end parking lots are being temporarily converted to require residential parking permits from the Town. Out-of-state residents who have a residential parking permit from the Town will be permitted to park in those spaces, regardless of their license tags.
- Additionally, 60 spaces in the downtown area will be converted to 15-minute free parking for order pick-up at downtown restaurants, and a two-hour time limit will be imposed on the remaining spots in the downtown commercial district on Garfield Parkway. Pay-to-park spaces will be available along Pennsylvania Avenue, without the two-hour restriction and available to non-residents.
- The Bethany Beach Town Council on Thursday, April 30, voted to cancel all special events in the town until July 15.
- The Town of Bethany Beach has canceled all public meetings until further notice. Special events are also canceled until future notice.
- The Town of Bethany Beach has resumed yard waste collection. Bulk and special trash pickups remain suspended until further notice. The summer trash pick-up schedule went into effect on May 1.
- The comfort station/restroom facilities on Garfield Parkway were closed for renovations beginning Monday, Jan. 27. The project was expected to be completed before the summer season, but no additional updates have been provided. With measures still being developed to address sanitation and other public health concerns, the Town has opted to hold off on reopening the restrooms until such measures can be put in place.
- Beach access in South Bethany town limits has been restored, along with beaches statewide. Per state order, masks or protective face coverings are required along the street and in shops, and they are strongly recommended for use on the beach. Distancing and other hygiene requirements remain in place.
- Much of the town council’s work is done through its various committees. Several new members are needed to help the Charter & Code Committee in its ongoing mission to develop and change the town code, charter and proposed ordinances. Any resident or property owner who is interested in volunteering should send a brief statement of interest about yourself and any applicable qualifications (although none are required) to Pam Smith, Administrative Assistant, email@example.com, or deliver a paper copy may to Town Hall. The deadline is Friday, May 22.
- The town council’s annual organizational meeting will be Wednesday, May 27, at 9 a.m., with agenda items to include COVID-19 updates and swearing in council members for two-year terms. The 2020 Town Council election was canceled because just enough candidates filled available positions. Incumbents Mayor Timothy Saxton, Sue Callaway and Derek Abbott will retain their seats, and Randall “Randy” Bartholomew will take the seat vacated by Don Boteler.
- Town of South Bethany buildings and offices remain closed to the general public in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on site. Payments can be made online, sent by U.S. mail or placed in the drop box outside Town Hall. Call (302) 539-3653 for more information.
- All public events scheduled at Town Hall have been canceled, unless otherwise noted. The Mediacom public forum scheduled for April 4 has been postponed to a future date.
- Republic Services resumed yard waste pickup on Wednesday, May 6. Bulk waste collection has been halted during the State of Emergency, in order to focus on essential services. The company asks households to place all trash and recyclables in a container (no loose material).
- The Town of South Bethany is available at (302) 539-3653 and www.southbethany.org.
- Until further notice, all Town of Fenwick Island buildings and offices are closed to the public, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on site while offices remain closed to the public. Staff will be available at (302) 539-3011 and through email. Essential in-person meetings with may be arranged by appointment.
- Residents are being encouraged to make any bill payments through the Town website or U.S. mail.
- 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 911.
- The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov. The Town of Fenwick Island is also now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
- All town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, although staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and email. Essential in-person meetings with town staff may be arranged by appointment.
- Bills can be sent via U.S. mail or the drop box located at the Town’s Administrative Office (201 Central Avenue).
- Future meetings of the town council and committees will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but only where urgent, and possibly by electronic means, such as phone or video conference.
- John West Park was closed March 24 until further notice.
- Ocean View Administrative Offices are available at www.oceanviewde.com and (302) 539-9797.
- Until further notice, Millville Town Hall will be closed to the general public immediately, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on-site while the offices remain closed to the public. They are available at (302) 539-0449 and through email.
- Building permit documents may be arranged by appointment.
- The Town of Millville’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofmillville. There is no sign-up/log-on required, it’s free & open to the public. The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
- As of March 18, Frankford Town Hall is closed to the general public until further notice, per the current State of Emergency declared by the governor. Town employees will be working normal business hours, and residents can contact the Town Hall at (302)-732-9424.
- Frankford Town Park is closed until further notice.
- Residents can pay water bills or other fees by credit card on the town website; by delivering to the drop slot at the front door; or by U.S. mail to Town of Frankford; P.O. Box 550; Frankford DE 19945.
- The Frankford Police Department will remain open but will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of the officer. To reach Police Chief Laurence Corrigan, call (302) 542-9866.
- The town website is at http://frankford.delaware.gov.
- Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
- Town of Selbyville buildings and offices are closed to the general public, until further notice, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Payments can be made online, sent by U.S. mail or placed in the drop box outside Town Hall. Town staff will continue to work, although offices will be locked to the public. Call (302) 436-8314 for more information.
- The town council’s monthly meetings scheduled for April and May were canceled. The next regular meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m.
- Selbyville Town Hall and Selbyville Police Department are now located at 1 West Church Street, Selbyville, Del. All other phone, fax and email contacts remain the same.
- Bulk trash will not be collected monthly during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Town of Selbyville is available at (302) 436-8314 is www.selbyville.delaware.gov.
- To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, although staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and email. All meetings have been canceled.
- Water and other bills can be paid online, sent via U.S. mail or placed in the drop box at the police department.
- Dagsboro Town Hall is available at https://dagsboro.delaware.gov and (302) 732-3777.
- The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
- Nominations are now being accepted for Special Education Ambassadors to represent the Indian River School District for the 2020-2021 school year. The nomination window will be open from May 5 to 31, with one winner per school and the community. Details are online at www.IRSD.net.
- Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now being conducted electronically through www.IRSD.net. Families without internet access should call their local school for paperwork.
- Delaware schools have been closed through the end of June, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). District and school offices will be available by phone. Some offices are staffed during the day. Distance learning has begun, available online or by contacting the school for paperwork. Parents of children with 504 Plans and IEPs can receive supports by calling IRSD Special Services at (302) 604-2121.
- All Delaware students, age 18 and under, are eligible for free meals while schools are closed. Details are posted online. “Grab and go” meals will be distributed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lord Baltimore Elementary School (Route 26 street entrance); Indian River High School (front entrance); Phillip C. Showell Elem. (parent pick-up); Millsboro Middle School (bus parking lot); Long Neck Elementary (bus parking lot); Georgetown Elem. (front entrance); and North Georgetown Elem. (bus parking lot). Meals are free of charge and available to children 18 and under. Children do not need to be present. Delaware families may visit any meal site.
- IRSD has free “Drive Up Wi-Fi” hours for students on Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Locations are the IRHS bus parking lot by the cafeteria (north side) and half of the SCHS bus parking lot and visitor parking behind it (near main entrance). This complimentary internet is for academic purposes only.
- The school board elections have been postponed from May 12 to June 16. For IRSD, there will only be a contested election in District 4 (covering parts of Frankford, Dagsboro, Millville, Ocean View, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island). Candidates Gregory M. “Greg” Goldman and Constance T. “Connie” Pryor are vying for one seat. In District 1 (Georgetown and points north), the two vacancies will be filled by the two candidates, Anthony Cannon and Leo J. Darmstadter III. In District 2 (northern Millsboro, southern Georgetown), the only candidate was incumbent Gerald T. “Jerry” Peden Jr.
- IRSD information is available at (302) 436-1000 and www.irsd.net.
- Sussex County government facilities are closed to public access until further notice. Only the lobby area of the County Administrative building on The Circle in Georgetown is accessible to the public, only during regular business hours, and only for the purposes of dropping off documents to be processed by County staff.
- The public is being encouraged to do business as much as possible through electronic means, namely email and telephone. Scanned documents, such as building permit applications, requests for site inspections, deed recordings and more, can be transmitted to offices electronically. The County has developed a COVID-19 portal to provide specific information about modified services, viewable at www.sussexcountyde.gov/coronavirus. Information for contacting County offices is available on the County’s website, at www.sussexcountyde.gov, and will be posted outside County facilities, as well.
- The County’s Marriage Bureau had suspended performing all in-person wedding ceremonies and issuing licenses, though certified-copy applications will be received electronically or via drop-off. The State has now approved the issuing of marriage licenses via videoconference.
- County offices are not accepting cash as a form of payment for all services. Only credit card or check payments will be accepted. For credit card payments, all surcharges will be waived until further notice to accommodate customers inconvenienced by the temporary policy.
- The County Council is holding its scheduled meetings, with limited public access. Future meetings of the council, as well as the County’s Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment, remain scheduled, but are subject to change.
- The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
- Beach access has been restored statewide. Per state order, masks or protective face coverings are required along boardwalks and the street and in shops, and they are strongly recommended for use on the beach. Distancing and other hygiene requirements remain in place. State officials will be limiting access to the state parks to help control crowding, and will be monitoring beachgoers to ensure appropriate distancing.
- The State has also reduced restrictions on drive-on surf-fishing, removing limits on the number of people per vehicle and once again requiring only one person in the party to be actively fishing at all times, but spacing between vehicles and parties must be maintained.
- As of Friday, May 8, entrance fees and pass requirements are once again in place for state parks and wildlife areas. Those who are receiving state or federal assistance, including unemployment insurance, are eligible for reduced fees. Parks offices and entry-fee booths remain closed, and all payments must be made online (for passes) or via credit card or payment envelope in the parks and wildlife areas.
- Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration, starting Tuesday, April 28, requires the wearing of face coverings on public transportation until further notice. To comply, passengers must wear face coverings when riding any DART bus, fixed route or paratransit, or SEPTA train, and while waiting at a bus stop or train station with others. Those not wearing face coverings will not be allowed to board the bus or train. The bulk is being urged to continue to practice social distancing.
- All four Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations are now available through kiosk, drive-through and emergency appointment only. Dealer paperwork can be dropped off for processing and picked up when notified. Inspection lanes will remain open, as no personal interaction is required, and the drive-through windows at each location will have additional staff working to process DMV-related transactions. At no time will there be more than 10 people permitted in DMV lobbies.
- To schedule an appointment for urgent business at the DMV in Georgetown that cannot wait until after the current situation passes, call: Georgetown Driver Services at (302) 853-1044; or Georgetown Vehicle Services at (302) 853-1034. Anyone who is feeling ill is being asked to not visit public facilities and avoid public transportation. For more information on the state’s response to the Coronavirus, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
- As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Delawareans have been ordered to stay at home whenever possible, to help fight the spread of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, May 20, at 8 a.m., additional businesses (also including farmers’ markets as of March 23) are being permitted to re-open, with capacity, distancing, sanitation and other requirements in place. June 1 has been set as the target date for Phase 1 economic re-opening, with such things as dine-in service at restaurants expected to resume, though with capacity limited at 30 percent of fire code limits to begin, and distancing and other safety measures required.
- All out-of-state visitors and part-time residents are required to quarantine themselves for 14 days after arriving in the state or for the length of their time in Delaware if it is less than 14 days. Quarantine rules require out-of-state and part-time residents to isolate themselves and not go out in public, including grocery stores, so anyone under the quarantine should bring with them or have delivered sufficient supplies for the quarantine period.
- The State has banned all short-term rentals — including vacation home rentals, hotels, motels, and condo rentals — to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Commercial lodging in Delaware will remain closed until the public health threat is eliminated. The order exempts certain Delawareans and essential workers who may need access to short-term rental units. That list of exemptions includes caretakers with family members nearby, healthcare providers, journalists and Delawareans with public housing vouchers. Victims of domestic violence who need alternative shelter also are exempted.