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Morrisville Declares State of Emergency, Announces Additional Closures and Cancelations in Response to COVID-19

Post Date:03/18/2020 8:15 AM

Morrisville, NC  – The Town of Morrisville on Wednesday, March 18, declared a local State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration dovetails with county, state and federal declarations, and allows the Town flexibility and authority in dealing with the pandemic. The declaration of a State of Emergency is a legal declaration that provides authority to the Town to impose prohibitions and restrictions specifically in response to emergency situations, if necessary.

A local State of Emergency is necessary to address specific circumstances in the Town of Morrisville that are not addressed in the other declarations. The adoption of a local State of Emergency does not have any immediate impact on residents or businesses. It is an additional tool that will allow for the Town to make timely decisions in this fluid situation. Examples could include modified sign regulations, additional ability to address private business needs, or other issues and situations that would occur only at a local level, such as town road, right-of-way, or greenway closures. All decisions will be made in the interest of public health and safety.

“This declaration is proactive in nature and residents should not be alarmed,” said Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley. “The State of Emergency declaration encourages all Morrisville citizens and businesses to follow the directions and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as to follow directions and advice from our county, state and federal government partners regarding preventing and controlling the spread of this virus.”

The Town intends to continue to offer critical services such as police, fire, inspections, permitting, curbside trash, recycling and yard waste during the COVID-19 event.

Closures and cancelations due to concerns related to COVID-19

In alignment with Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide mandate, the Town of Morrisville announced the following closures and cancelations due to concerns related to COVID-19.

  • The Monday, March 23 Town Council Work Session and Tuesday, March 24 Town Council Meeting have both been canceled.
  • Citizen Advisory Committee meetings and all other Town meetings have been canceled through April 5.
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources facilities will be closed, and organized events and scheduled rentals will be canceled, through April 5. We are closing our bathrooms within the parks but are not currently restricting access to open spaces, playgrounds, or greenways; we encourage all park users to keep in mind the CDC and other government guidelines around social distancing and minimizing unnecessary interactions. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources facilities that will be closed, include the following:
    • Cedar Fork Community Center
    • Cedar Fork District Park
    • Church Street Park
    • Healthy Food Hub
    • Northwest Park
    • Morrisville Community Park
    • Shiloh Community Park and Luther Green Community Center
  • Town events have been canceled or postponed through April 5.  The Easter Egg Hunt is canceled and the Vendor Blender will be rescheduled to a later date.

Residents are encouraged to conduct business with the Town electronically (phone or email) whenever possible.

Information about specific programs being suspended can be found on the Town of Morrisville website. Full refunds will be issued for any programs canceled due to COVID-19.

Town leaders will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with the Wake County Public Health Division, the lead agency for this event. The Town of Morrisville encourages the proactive use of the following simple precautionary measures to remain healthy:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid public spaces unless absolutely necessary.
  • Practice social distancing when you do venture out, keeping at least six feet between you and others at all times.

For the most up-to-date information about the local COVID-19 response, please visit WakeGov.com. You can also email questions to covid19.questions@wakegov.com, or call the COVID-19 information line at 919-856-7044.