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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Durham Water to Resume Cutoffs for Nonpayment on September 16

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Wednesday, Sept. 2: The City has returned to regular water billing practices and will resume cutoffs for nonpayment. To remain operational, the City must receive payments; there are resources and options for those experiencing hardship.

In early March, the City of Durham Department of Water Management stopped disconnecting customers regardless of ability to pay. On March 31, Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order suspending utility disconnects statewide. When the Order expired on ...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Watch City Life: Office Operations During COVID-19

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Monday, August 17: As some Durham offices re-open to employees, Beverly Thompson hosts a conversation about what it takes to safely go back such settings.

Now on Durham Television Network & YouTube; Audio Podcast on iTunes & Stitcher

As some offices are beginning to open back up or are beginning to make plans for re-opening to employees, there is a lot of concern about how safe it really is to go bac...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Durham Water Prepares to Resume Regular Billing Practices Offers Support to Water Customers

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Thursday, August 6: After suspending water disconnects for several months due to COVID-19, the City will begin resuming regular billing practices. Customers who need assistance may apply online for a payment plan or Water Hardship Fund.

In early March, the City of Durham Department of Water Management stopped disconnecting customers regardless of ability to pay. That quick action—which guaranteed all residents would have the drinking water they needed for cooking, washing, and ...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: July 21, 2020

81 Businesses Funded through Durham Small Business Recovery Fund

Durham Small Business Recovery Fund - Application Process for Round 2 Begins July 20

Tuesday, July 21: More than 80 Durham businesses have received assistance from the Small Business Recovery Fund to help them recover during the Covid-19 pandemic; applications are now open for a second round of funding beginning July 20.

Second Round of Funding Began July 20; Small Businesses in Durham County Now Eligible to Apply

More than 80 Durham businesses have received much-needed assistance from the Durham Small Business Recovery Fund to help them recover during the Covid-19 pandemi...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: July 15, 2020

“Back on the Bull” Campaign to Help Durham, NC Stay Open Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 15: The Recovery & Renewal Task Force teamed up with Duke’s Center for Advanced Hindsight and McKinney to create a reopening campaign, including a business self-certification tool & ways for the community to show support.

The Durham Recovery and Renewal Task Force (RRTF) today announced a new campaign designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 using public health and behavioral science best practices. Created by The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University (CAH) ...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Durham Officials Again Amend Current Safer-At-Home Order

Thursday, July 9: Durham City and County Officials announced an update to the Safer-at-Home Order first issued on May 28, 2020. This amendment, to go into effect at 5 p.m. July 9, 2020, makes additional changes in several major areas.

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Durham Officials Amend Current Safer-at-Home Order

Friday, June 12: City of Durham and Durham County officials announced an amendment to the Safer-at-Home Order issued on May 28th, 2020. This amendment focuses on two areas: Outdoor Exercise Classes along with changes for Real Estate.

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Durham Officials Announce New Safer-At-Home Order

Friday, May 29: City and County Officials announced plans to transition the community to a Safer-At-Home Order effective June 1 at 8 a.m. The updated order closely aligns with the state order and allows more businesses to re-open.

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Durham Resumes Curbside Yard Waste Collections with Modified Schedule

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Wednesday, May 27: Existing yard waste customers will soon see curbside collections resume beginning in June, but with a modified collection schedule taking place every other Friday.

Biweekly Collections Set for Fridays Beginning in June

Existing yard waste customers will soon see curbside collections resume beginning next week, but with a modified collection schedule.

The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department temporarily sus...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Durham Parks & Recreation (DPR) Pools to Remain Closed for Summer Season

Friday, May 22: After careful consideration, including guidance from the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) and federal, state, and local health officials, DPR will not open it’s outdoor pools for the 2020 summer season.

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Durham Officials Announce Modifications to Stay-at-Home Order

Friday, May 22: Effective 5 p.m. on May 22, Durham’s Stay-At-Home Order has been modified to reflect some of the state’s latest changes (Executive Order 141), while keeping several additional requirements in place for a little longer.

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Durham Officials Announce Update to Stay-At-Home Order

Friday, May 15: Starting May 15, 2020 at 5 p.m., Durham’s updated Stay-at-Home Order is in effect until further notice. It mostly adopts the Governor's Executive Order 138 with some additional requirements for Durham residents/visitors.

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

City of Durham Opens Waste Disposal and Recycling Center May 18

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Thursday, May 14: As Durham begins to cautiously lift some restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd., will open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18.

As Durham begins to cautiously lift some restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, one City of Durham facility will now reopen on Monday, May 18.

While most City of Durham facilities, including City Hall, police headquarters, all fire stations, and all...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Mayor Schewel and Commissioner Jacobs Announce Members of Durham Recovery and Renewal Task Force

Tuesday, May 12: The Durham Recovery and Renewal Task Force (RRTF) will advise the Mayor and Commissioner as they revise their emergency declarations, and determine how to safely, gradually and successfully re-open the community.

Task Force set to hold first meeting on Friday, May 15th

Mayor Steve Schewel and Commissioner Wendy Jacobs announced members of the Durham Recovery and Renewal Task Force (RRTF) that they have appointed to advise them as they revise their emergency declara...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Durham Officials Support Phase I Reopening, But Urge Continued Safety During Pandemic

Friday, May 8: Mayor Schewel and County Commissioners Chair Jacobs respond to the statewide Phase I reopening of activities. While the Durham Stay-at-Home Order remains in effect, retail businesses can open based on the Governor's order.

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Mayor Schewel and Commissioner Jacobs Announce Durham Recovery and Renewal Task Force

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Wednesday, May 6: The Task Force will advise Schewel and Jacobs over the next 100 days on how to revise emergency declarations and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Walgreens Activates COVID-19 Testing Location in Durham By Appointment Only

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Friday, May 1: Walgreens will open a COVID-19 testing site in Durham on May 1, for those who meet criteria set by the CDC. Testing will be conducted outdoors with pharmacists overseeing patients' self-administration of the test.

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

One-Time Curbside Collection for Yard Waste Customers Begins May 8

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Wednesday, April 29: Durham Yard Waste Customers can set out their yard waste bin by 6 a.m. Friday, May 8 for a one-time pick up over the weekend.

An Update for Durham Yard Waste Customers:

We want to continue to help our customers who may be accumulating large quantities of yard waste while our weekly curbside collections are temporarily suspended, which was done on March 30 to help protect our crew...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Mayor Schewel, Chair Jacobs Extend Durham Stay-at-Home Order to May 15

Friday, April 24: To continue the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Durham City and County Governments announced new updates to their combined Stay-At-Home Order including an extension to May 15.

Durham City and County Governments announced new updates to their combined Stay-At-Home Orders for all residents in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The action by Mayor Steve Schewel and Durham Board of County Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs, extends Durha...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Mayor Schewel, Chair Jacobs Amend Durham City-County Stay-At-Home Order

Friday, April 17: While officials agree that most community members are doing a great job following the Stay-at-Home Order, the new update provides additional guidelines around face coverings, farmers markets, and activities for realtors.

Durham City and County Governments made an additional update to their combined Stay-At-Home Orders for all residents on Friday, April 17, 2020, in response to the community spread of COVID-19. Overall, officials agree that most people in our community are...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

One-Time Curbside Collection for Yard Waste Customers Begins April 17

Monday, April 13: Durham Yard Waste Customers can set out their yard waste bin by 6 a.m. Friday, April 17 for a one-time pick up over the weekend. These customers can also put in a bulky item pick up request starting on Monday, April 20.

An Update for Durham Yard Waste Customers:

We realize that spring means more yard waste in general, but especially now when so many of you are staying home to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and using that extra time to do work in your yards.

We want to h...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Durham County and City of Durham Governments to Modify Emergency Call Responses

Wednesday, April 8: In order to protect the public and employees during this pandemic, Durham County and City of Durham Governments are making temporary changes to emergency call responses based on guidance from North Carolina OEMS.

Emergency responders play a critical role in the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In order to protect the public and employees during this pandemic, Durham County and City of Durham Governments are making temporary changes to emergency call responses.

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

City of Durham and Durham County Governments Combine and Amend Stay-At-Home Order

Friday, April 3: Due to concerns regarding the community spread of COVID-19, City of Durham and Durham County Governments have combined and amended their Stay-At-Home Orders effective April 4 at 5 p.m.

In light of growing concerns regarding the community spread of COVID-19, City of Durham Mayor Steve Schewel and Durham County Board of Commissioners Chair (BOCC) Wendy Jacobs have combined and amended their Stay-At-Home Ord...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Notice of Virtual City Council Meeting - Monday, April 6

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Friday, April 3: To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all regular City Council Meetings and Work Sessions will be held virtually while the state and city are under states of emergency. Learn how to watch or make public comment.

The Durham City Council will hold its regularly scheduled City Council business meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m.

The State of North Carolina, Durham County, and the City of Durham have declared States of Emergency in response ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

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.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

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.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

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.

Beginning Monday, March 30, the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department will only offer curbside collections for trash and recycling.

Curbside collections for yard waste and bulky items are temporarily suspended to enable the department to focus i...

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: March 25, 2020

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.

As of April 3, this order has been updated. View the current Stay-at-Home Order and FAQs.

In light of growing concerns regarding COVID-19, City of Durham Mayor Steve Schewel has issued a Stay-at-Home Order for all city residents to further help stop the sp...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

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.

In light of continued concerns related to the Coronavirus outbreak across our state, the Durham Police Department has initiated new protocols and procedures for DPD officers who are on the frontlines responding to 911 calls for service.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) News and Updates
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Durham Police Department Issues Fraud Alert – COVID-19 Testing Scam

Monday, March 23: The police department issues warning to neighbors after receiving a report involving a scam about COVID-19 testing in a Northern Durham neighborhood. Learn more and find fraud prevention tips.

The Durham Police Department wants to warn neighbors after receiving a report involving a scam about COVID-19 testing.

A man was reportedly going door to door in a Northern Durham neighborhood asking residents for personal information. He said he needed th...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) Closes Playgrounds and Park Restrooms

Monday, March 23: Effective Monday, March 23, playgrounds and park restrooms are closed until further notice. Parks, trails, and greenways will remain open.

As you recreate in Durham’s parks and trails, model social distancing by maintaining a safe distance (at least 6 feet) between you and other users. Group activities, i.e. basketball games, etc. are strongly discouraged. See the DPR website for a...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Business Webinars to Address COVID-19 Topics Including Unemployment, Loans, and Taxes

Monday, March 23: During the week of March 23, daily webinars led by the Small Business Technical and Development Center (SBTDC) and the Small Business Center at Durham Tech (SBC) will help small businesses work through COVID-19 issues.

The Small Business Technical and Development Center (SBTDC) and the Small Business Center at Durham Tech (SBC) are coordinating daily webinars aimed at helping small businesses work through issues related to Covid-19. Topics include: How to get unemployme...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

GoDurham Announces Service Changes

Monday, March 23: As of Monday, March 23, all GoDurham buses and ACCESS rides are fare free and service will end each day at 9:30 p.m. In addition, riders are asked to board buses using the rear doors.

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

City of Durham Closing All City Facilities to Public Effective March 23

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Friday, March 20: In light of growing concerns regarding COVID-19, all City of Durham facilities will be closed to the public starting March 13 until further notice. This includes City Hall, police HQ, fire stations, and DPR.

In light of growing concerns regarding COVID-19, the City of Durham is taking increased measures to help stop the potential spread of this virus among residents and City staff.

Effective Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m., all City of Durham facilities, including ...

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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."

As of April 3, this order has been updated. View the current Stay-at-Home Order and FAQs.

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, a...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Durham Police Department - COVID-19 Public Awareness Update #2

Friday, March 20: The Police Department will enforce the order by the Secretary of NCDHHS for restaurants to close all seating areas, and will enforce the Mayor's declaration for gyms, clubs, and theaters to cease operations.

In light of new information regarding the presence of community spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, local jurisdictions are expected to enforce the more stringent Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard issued by the Secretary of the North Carolina Depart...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Public Awareness Update from the Durham Police Department

Thursday, March 19: The Police Dept. asks the public to stop the spread of misinformation, which causes unnecessary calls for emergency services. The police will also enforce the governor's executive orders to help keep Durham safe.

The Durham Police Department needs your help getting the word out regarding misinformation being distributed on social media resulting in unnecessary calls and posts for emergency services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued re...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in City of Durham

Thursday, March 19: Durham Mayor Steve Schewel signed an amendment to the declaration of state of emergency in the City of Durham to expand closures to gyms, fitness centers, health clubs, and theaters effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 20.

As of April 3, this order has been updated. View the current Stay-at-Home Order and FAQs.

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

PARKDurham Modifies and Suspends Some Services

Wednesday, March 18: In response to the recent malware attack and COVID-19, PARKDurham has modified or suspended some services including changes to payment options, creation of curbside delivery zones, and increased sanitation efforts.

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

City's Waste Disposal & Recycling Center Closed to Non-Commercial Customers

Tuesday, March 17:: Starting March 18 at 4 p.m., the Waste Disposal & Recycling Center will close to all customers except large commercial accounts and City of Durham vehicles. Curbside residential collections are NOT affected.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing mandates to ensure the safety of the public as well as employees, the City of Durham Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd., will be closed until further notice beginning at 4 p.m. on Wed...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

GoDurham Service and Facility Updates

Monday, March 16: Find current updates regarding GoDurham bus routes and levels of service.

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Development Services Center (DSC) Operating with Limited Services

Monday, March 16: The DSC is open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but requests that business be conducted by phone, email, or virtual meeting as much as possible. View DSC service updates in response to the malware attack and COVID-19.

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

City Announces Cancellation of March 16 City Council Meeting, DPR Facility Closures

Sunday, March 15: The City announced additional closures in the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including cancellation of the March 16 City Council Meeting, March 19 Work Session, and closure of all DPR facilities.

On Sunday, March 15, the City of Durham announced the following closures and cancellations in the ongoing effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

  • The Monday, March 16 City Council Meeting and Thursday, March 19 Work Session have both be...
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Posted on: March 14, 2020

City-Owned Facilities Announce Closures and Cancellations

Friday, March 13: Many City-owned facilities have announced closures and cancellations of upcoming events including DPAC, Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, and the Durham Convention Center.

As a result of government recommendations against gatherings of more than 100 people due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many City-owned facilities have announced closures and cancellations of upcoming events including: DPAC, Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Counc...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) Announces Facility Closures and Changes to Programs and Events

Friday, March 13: To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, DPR has closed all facilities, suspended programs and activities, and canceled events until further notice, including Durham Senior Games and Earth Day.

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City of Durham Issues State of Emergency

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Friday, March 13: As part of the COVID-19 response, at 5:00 pm this evening, Friday, March 13, Mayor Steve Schewel signed a Declaration of a State of Emergency declaring that a state of emergency exists in the City of Durham.

As of April 3, this order has been updated. View the current Stay-at-Home Order and FAQs.

As part of the COVID-19 response, at 5:00 pm this evening, Friday, March 13, Mayor Steve Schewel signed a Declaration of a State of Emergency declaring that a state o...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Suspends Disconnection of Residential Water Services Due to COVID-19

Friday, March 13: In light of the public health threat posed by COVID-19, on Monday the City’s Department of Water Management suspended the disconnection of residential water services for nonpayment.

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 and Drinking Water

Thursday, March 12: The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Durham customers can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.

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