The Town of Morrisville Responds to COVID-19
The Town of Morrisville continues to closely monitor COVID-19, as the health and safety of our community is our very top priority. While this situation is ever-changing, Town Council and Town leaders have worked continually, along with Wake County Public Health and local partners, to respond appropriately and inform residents as new information becomes available.
- On March 11, senior programming was suspended, understanding that the senior population, those 65 and over, are considered high-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth and adult sports programming were also canceled through April 6.
- On March 18, the Town declared a local State of Emergency. This legal declaration aligns with county, state and federal declarations, and legally provides authority to the Town to impose prohibitions and restrictions specifically in response to emergency situations, if necessary.
- The Town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 18, and is currently at level 2 activation, operating with limited staff.
- A Community Information Line (919-463-7065) was established once the EOC opened. This line is intended to provide an additional resource to community members who may have questions about issues specific to the Town of Morrisville.
- In alignment with Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide mandate, the Town announced additional closures and cancelations on March 18.
- 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.
- Realizing this situation is having a significant impact on the business community, particularly local restaurants, the Town has established a working group with the Chamber of Commerce to coordinate outreach and distribution of information resources to the business community.
- The Town has already suspended the requirement to obtain a permit for temporary promotional business event signs.
- Flexibility will also be exercised in enforcing regulations related to signage placed in Town rights-of-way.
- Administrative offices that are normally open to the public remain open; this includes Town Hall, the PSMS lobby (Inspections / Planning), the Public Safety lobby (Fire / Police / Engineering), and the Parks & Recreation Administration Office.
- The Town has implemented efforts to reduce our exposure footprint where reasonably practical and institute healthy protocols throughout while continuing to sustain core services.
Town staff have implemented telecommuting/alternate work strategies and other simple precautionary measures to stay healthy and support social distancing to reduce risk exposure.
- A list of COVID-19 resources are available at https://www.townofmorrisville.org/residents/covid-19-updates.
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 email@example.com, or call the COVID-19 information line at 919-856-7044.