City of Durham COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & Resources

Effective March 26-April 30, a Stay-at-Home Order is in effect in Durham. All City facilities remain closed to the public until further notice. Learn more.

As Durham, the state of North Carolina, and our entire country face the unknowns of COVID-19, the City’s top priority is to maintain essential services for our community while protecting the health and safety of our residents and employees.

The City is in frequent communication with our partners at the Durham County Department of Public Health and officials at local, state, and federal agencies who are monitoring the situation and providing guidance on how to respond.

Residents can be assured that essential City services will not be interrupted, including access to clean drinking water; trash collection; and emergency services from police, fire, and 911.

Mayor Steve Schewel’s Message to Residents

“The earlier we act, the better our chances of success in reducing the spread of this virus and of saving lives.” Mayor Schewel shares his thoughts on COVID-19 and how we can help stop the spread of this virus in the Bull City.

  1. Planning & Development Updates: Deferred Fees, Construction Trade Operations, DSC Operations

    Tuesday, March 26: Building and construction trades exempt from Stay-at-Home Order, practicing social distancing at job sites, and modifications to Development Services Center (DSC) operations. Read on...
  2. PARKDurham Modifies Operations to Ensure Safety of Public and Employees

    Thursday, March 26: Starting March 26 at 6 p.m., PARKDurham has modified its operations to comply with the Stay-at-Home Order. This includes changes to customer service, parking garage and lot operations, and parking enforcement. Read on...
  3. Durham Suspends Curbside Yard Waste and Bulky Services Effective March 30

    Thursday, March 26: Starting March 30, curbside collection for yard waste and bulky items are temporarily suspended to focus on garbage and recycling collection, which help to maintain the public health and safety of residents. Read on...
  4. City of Durham Issues COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order Effective March 26 to April 30

    Wednesday, March 25: In light of growing concerns regarding COVID-19, Mayor Steve Schewel has issued a Stay-at-Home Order for all city residents to further help stop the spread of this virus. View the order and FAQ for specific details. Read on...
  5. Changes to 911 Calls for Service Due to COVID-19

    Tuesday, March 24: To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Police Department has initiated new protocols for officers who respond to 911 calls. Non-violent calls that only require an after-incident report will be taken over the phone. Read on...

Summary of City Response to COVID-19

View the full timeline of COVID-19 updates, or find a summary of key details below:

  • On Wednesday, March 25, Mayor Schewel issued a Stay-at-Home Order, further expanding the city’s state of emergency declaration. Learn more.
  • On Friday, March 13, Mayor Schewel declared a state of emergency for the City of Durham, and expanded it on Thursday, March 19. Learn more.
  • As of March 23, all City of Durham facilities are closed to the public. Learn more.
  • Most public meetings and events have been cancelled, including events at City-owned facilities including DPAC, Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, and the Durham Convention Center. View City calendar.
  • Residents are asked to observe social distancing guidelines and avoid in-person contact as much as possible.
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Community and Business Resources

  1. Safe Ways to Engage
  2. Stay Informed

Doing Business with the City Remotely

While the City continues to provide essential services to Durham residents, we ask that residents observe social distancing guidelines and avoid in-person contact as much as possible. Below are some of the ways you can still engage and do business with the City:


Additional Updates for City Departments & Programs


COVID-19 Official Resources

To stay abreast of the COVID-19 situation in Durham and how to help reduce the potential spread of this virus, residents are encouraged to visit official public health resources including the Durham County Department of Public Health, state, and federal agencies.