• In an extension of Gov. John Carney's statewide ban on beach uses other than exercise or dog-walking, the Town of Bethany Beach has closed its beaches to the public. No unauthorized person is permitted on the beach or boardwalk within the town limits of Bethany Beach, effective as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. That order will remain in effect until rescinded. Violators are subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $200.
• The Town of Bethany Beach has canceled all public meetings until further notice. Special events are also canceled until future notice. Officials said the Town’s focus will be on providing essential services: police, water and sanitation, to the community as the coronavirus situation evolves. Some physical projects and routine maintenance projects the Town might perform at this time of year may be put off to the future as the Town works to make sure it can provide those essential services, they said. No decisions regarding the summer season have been made at this time, they noted, adding that the Town will resume conducting business as usual as soon as possible and will work to keep citizens informed of its plans as the current situation unfolds.
• 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.
• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended on Sept. 15. It will return on May 15, 2020.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast, with video, over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts. Both meetings are at town hall. Additional meetings, such as committee meetings, may also be broadcast and/or recorded, and may be available on the website.
• Town of South Bethany buildings and offices will be 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, and visitors will be admitted to the lobby one at a time. Call (302) 539-3653 for more information.
• A public forum between Mediacom representatives and South Bethany residents and property owners on Saturday, April 4, has been postponed.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The Fenwick Island Town Council will meet by teleconference on Friday, March 27, at 3:30 p.m. The dial-in number for the meeting, being held via Comcast's teleconferencing system, is (832) 831-2424, meeting ID 169630. Topics on the agenda for the meeting include: Personal Identifiable Information Policy and COVID-19 Policy. The text of both draft policies is online at https://fenwickisland.delaware.gov/files/2020/03/For-Discussion-and-Action.pdf. The full agenda and more information on the teleconferenced meeting is online at https://fenwickisland.delaware.gov/events/town-council-10/.
• 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.
• The John West Park playground in Ocean View has been closed, as of Tuesday, March 24.
• The Town of Ocean View’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• 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.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Selbyville Town Council’s March 7 election resulted in incumbents Jay Murray (85 votes) and Richard “Rick” Duncan Sr. (75) keeping their council seats after going up against challenger William “Bill” Thompson (22).
• The Selbyville Town Council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
• Selbyville Town Hall and the Selbyville Police Department are now located at 1 West Church Street, Selbyville. All other phone, fax and email contacts remain the same.
• The Park Street ball field is available for organized recreation groups. There is no fee. Download a permit request form and return it to Town Hall.
• Community Legal Aide Society will provide free legal services for legal or undocumented immigrants who have been victims of crime. Services are available on Tuesdays at Selbyville Police Department. For additional information, contact the police department at (302) 436-5085 or visit Town website.
• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month (one item per household, like a television).
• The new town website is www.Selbyville.Delaware.gov.
• The Town website is at www.dagsboro.delaware.gov.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
• There will be no school for students until after May 15, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. District and school offices will be available by phone. Parents should leave a phone message. All children are eligible for free meals during this time. Details about meals and learning ideas are posted on the district website. Parents of children with 504 Plans and IEPs can receive supports by calling a new IRSD Special Services hotline at (302) 604-2121.
• The Indian River Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting scheduled for March 30 has been postponed until further notice. Monitor the district website at www.irsd.net for updates on this and future meetings.
• The Citizens Budget Oversight Committee meets quarterly at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Meetings were scheduled for April 22 (likely to be canceled or postponed), July 15 and Oct. 21. The meetings are open to the public and take place at the Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville.
• The school district website is 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 has suspended performing all wedding ceremonies and issuing licenses, though certified-copy applications will be received electronically or via drop-off.
• 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 and Board of Adjustment held previously scheduled meetings this week, with limited public access. Future meetings of those bodies, as well as the County’s Planning & Zoning Commission, remain scheduled, but are subject to change.
• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
• Starting Saturday, March 21, DART Paratransit is no longer be accepting cash or tickets. Customers will be billed for their trips at a later date. Customers are being encouraged to use DART Pass, the mobile app, to pay their fare.
• 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 and all non-essential businesses in Delaware have been ordered to close, to help fight the spread of COVID-19. They will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated. Click here for a full list of essential and non-essential businesses, as defined by Sunday’s order. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.