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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City of Durham Issues State of Emergency

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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. View the declaration in English and Spanish.

In particular the State of Emergency prohibits a group of 100 or more persons to be located in, or congregate indoors within, any room located in a City facility that is owned or co-owned with the County of Durham. Such rooms include audience seating in areas in the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Carolina Theatre and the Durham Arts Council, and the convention meeting rooms in the City-County Convention Center. 

The Declaration is effective as of its signing at 5:00 this evening. The Declaration expires at 12:00 PM on March 28, 2020. 

“We are all aware of the significant public health dangers posed by COVID-19,” said Mayor Schewel. “We know that social distancing is one of the most important ways of keeping us all safe. I know this will be a hardship on venues like DPAC and the Carolina Theatre, and I am very grateful for their close cooperation as we make these decisions together.”