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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Mayor Schewel Holds Press Conference to Address Emergency Declaration

Friday, March 20: Mayor Schewel explains his decision to issue an emergency declaration on March 13, and the decision to expand it on March 19. "We do not want to look back and say we wish we had done more or acted sooner."

Below is a summary of the emergency declarations for the City of Durham.

Friday, March 13 - City of Durham Issues State of Emergency

As part of the COVID-19 response, at 5 p.m., Friday, March 13, Mayor Steve Schewel signed a Declaration of a State of Emergency for the City of Durham.

View the declaration in English or Spanish.

This declaration includes the following prohibitions and restrictions:

  • Prohibits groups of 100 or more persons from congregating in any facility that is City-owned or co-owned with the County of Durham.
  • This includes DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center), Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, and Durham Convention Center.

Thursday, March 19 - City of Durham Expands State of Emergency

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel signed an amendment to the declaration of state of emergency in the City of Durham effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 20. 

View the declaration amendment in English or Spanish.

This declaration amendment includes the following prohibitions and restrictions:

  • Expands closures to gyms, fitness centers, health clubs, and theaters.
  • This restriction does not prohibit gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs from providing fitness or health instruction and programming through virtual access and streaming services.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs that are being used to provide childcare services on their premises to aid the City’s response to the COVID-19 virus shall be authorized to remain open for the limited purpose of providing childcare services and activities specifically related to the provision of childcare.

Friday, March 20 - Mayor Steve Schewel Holds Press Conference to Address Emergency Declaration

Mayor Schewel explains his decision to issue an emergency declaration on March 13, and the decision to expand it on March 19. Watch below or on YouTube.

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