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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City of Lewes COVID-19 Press Release

Contact Information: 

City of Lewes Ann Marie Townshend, City Manager (

Theodore Becker, Mayor (

(302) 645-7777

Release Date:

March 13, 2020


City meetings are cancelled through at least April 10, 2020


[Lewes, Delaware, March 13, 2020] – The Mayor and City Council of Lewes met on March 13, 2020 to discuss its response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Lewes or Sussex County at this point, the importance of social distancing to contain the spread of the virus and the vulnerability of the City’s population with a median age in the mid-sixties caused the City to take strong preventative measures to keep its population safe. At its meeting on March 13, Mayor and City Council approved a liberal sick leave policies for its employees, strongly encouraged anyone who does not feel well to stay home, and encouraged organizations to follow Governor Carney’s recommendation to cancel large gatherings, noting that the Governor’s current declaration sets the threshold at 100 people, however this may change as new information comes forward. Council also encourages event organizers to consider their target populations and size of gathering spaces when determining whether to cancel or proceed with scheduled gatherings.  Additionally, Mayor and City Council cancelled all City meetings through April 10, 2020, excepting the Board of Health meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Council acknowledged that they may need to schedule special meetings to address essential business. Any such meetings will be public noticed and streamed so that the public can listen. The public will also be given directions on how they can submit questions and comments remotely.

At this time, City offices remain open, yet the City strongly encourages people to do any business with the City that they can by phone, e-mail, or internet to minimize public interaction. We also ask that the public make appointments with staff if possible to minimize the amount of foot traffic in City Hall. Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at and If you feel you may have been exposed call the Delaware Division of Public Health Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or e-mail

To get the latest information on how the City of Lewes is responding to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit our website at

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