March 22 Message from the Mayor
Good afternoon Morrisville residents,
I am Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley. On behalf of the Morrisville Town Council and staff, I want to express our thanks to each resident and business that has taken the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic seriously and complied with the State of Emergency declarations enacted by the State of North Carolina, Wake County, and The Town of Morrisville. The difficult decisions to cancel important meetings and events and to restrict other normal daily activities were not made lightly. These preliminary efforts to contain the pandemic have allowed us as a town to be more prepared and responsive to public safety needs and core services. However, with the recent announcement that the spread of COVID-19 has transitioned to community spread, this public health emergency has become more urgent.
Positive test cases in Wake County have increased, including in multiple nursing home facilities. Our efforts are also transitioning from containment to mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, flattening the curve of new cases, and preserving our limited health care resources. As a result, additional prohibitions and recommendations were issued by Wake County earlier today. The Town of Morrisville, along with all other municipalities in Wake County, supports the Wake County State of Emergency and has also issued a companion State of Emergency for Morrisville to protect our community and our most vulnerable populations.
- Effective today, March 22, access to nursing homes and assisted living facilities such as Preston Pointe is substantially restricted. If you live in or have a friend or loved one in that facility, please contact them for additional guidance.
- Effective Monday, March 23, gatherings of more than 50 people in a single space is prohibited. This is a further restriction from the current guidelines (100 people). Additionally, access to all playgrounds, both Town of Morrisville and privately-owned, (including at our Wake County Public Schools) is prohibited. Signs will be posted on Monday at all Town parks, and we will communicate with HOAs and multi-family complexes to ensure they are aware of this restriction.
Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 also continues to influence our business community. Access to restaurants and bars was limited to delivery and take-out last week. With today’s action, operations of fitness clubs, studios, gyms, salons, spas and other professional grooming services are also prohibited as of 8 a.m. Monday, March 23. For both playgrounds and these professional services, the nature and amount of social contact and touching of hard surfaces makes it harder to follow the guidance to assist in preventing spread of COVID-19.
The Wake County State of Emergency declaration also makes recommendations for businesses related to screening of employees and customers. Each of these impactful recommendations have been thoughtfully considered by public health officials to address this pandemic. We also ask that businesses consider offering special operating hours to meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations to assist in avoiding the spread of COVID-19.
These prohibitions will be in effect through Friday, April 30, and will be evaluated to determine if they need to be expanded further or can be relaxed if our efforts are successful.
The Town of Morrisville staff will be evaluating additional restrictive measures for our own operations, including restricting public access to Town buildings and further postponement and cancellation of events through April. Staff is also exploring options for April Town Council meetings – we will update you when that information becomes available. The Town Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is active and is developing continuity of operations plans to ensure delivery of essential services and an outreach program to support our business community through sharing information about federal and state resources available to them as they deal with this major impact on their livelihood.
We will continue to keep you updated through our website and social media. There is also a Community Information Line, (919) 463-7065, available for residents who have Morrisville-specific questions. Wake County has established an information line for business owners who have questions, (919) 856-7420.
This is a difficult time for all of us. Each of us are facing unique challenges and uncertainty about what the future holds. I urge you to take personal responsibility to take action today and every day to help our community stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the additional guidelines outlined above and by staying informed through reliable sources including Governor Cooper, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Wake County Government.
I want to thank our staff, first responders, front line health workers and other essential service providers for their continued efforts during this crisis.
We can and will get through this by supporting each other, however we can, with empathy and compassion. Call or text a neighbor or a relative in another city to let them know you are thinking about them.
The smart, responsible actions we each take today to contain the spread will make all the difference for a better tomorrow for all of us.
Be Safe and Be Well. We are all in this together.
March 18 Message
Greetings Morrisville residents,
Today the Town of Morrisville declared a State of Emergency in response to concerns related to COVID-19. The declaration should not alarm residents. This proactive measure gives the Town additional administrative powers, and the needed flexibility, to properly handle this rapidly changing situation.
It also provides the Town the necessary tools to work closely with Wake County, other local municipalities and state health officials.
In alignment with Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide mandate, here are the actions the Town is specifically taking:
- 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, greenways, or playgrounds; we encourage all park users to keep in mind the CDC and other government guidelines around social distancing and minimizing unnecessary interactions.
- Youth and adult sports programming have been canceled through April 5.
- Senior programming has been canceled until further notice.
- 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.
- We’ve implemented teleworking and staggered work schedules for Town employees, and standardized social distancing (of more than 6 feet).
We will regularly evaluate these dates as this pandemic continues to develop.
I’m asking residents to continue taking all the precautions that will help us limit the impact of COVID-19:
- 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.
Let’s all strive to take personal responsibility to slow the spread of this virus, and to help one another however we can. I am confident we will each do our part and our community will persevere and weather this unprecedented crisis together.
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.
The Town of Morrisville’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated. Morrisville residents who have non-emergency questions about issues specific to the Town of Morrisville can call the Town’s Community Information Line at 919-463-7065.
Visit Townofmorrisville.org for information about Town closings and cancelations.
Thank you all, be safe and be well.