Coronavirus update: New Castle, Sussex closing libraries; Wilmington Council meeting closed to public


New Castle County libraries will close on March 16, due to concerns about coronavirus.

Sussex County libraries are canceling events and later closed their doors.

The New Castle closings are likely to be controversial since libraries are a source online information  for those without Internet access.

Commission/council meetings  to bar public in Wilmington and Rehoboth

Effective Monday, Wilmington City Council, in response to the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency will not open meetings to the public.

The public  can watch Committee and Council Meetings live on Comcast Channel WITN 22 or via streaming on  

Residents wishing to provide public comment for a committee or council meeting are asked to visit the City Council Website to leave their comments in writing.  Those comments will then be read into the public record.

 All public meetings of the Rehoboth Beach  Commissioners, with the exception of the March 20, meeting scheduled for 3:00 p.m. are canceled effective immediately and until further notice, City Manager Sharon Lynn stated.

 All other Board and Committee meetings are also canceled until further notice.

The March 20 Commissioners meeting will not accommodate attendance by the public. It will include a condensed agenda for the purpose of voting on the FY 2021 budget. The meeting will be streamed.

 All events scheduled to be held in the Rehoboth Convention Center through April 30 are also canceled. All special events permitted through the city are also canceled through the end of April.  
City Hall currently remains open.

“Businesses and restaurants are open, and visitors are welcome. It is imperative that you stay positive and focused, but also smart about the realities of this disease,” Lynn wrote.

As of  Friday,  four people connected to the university have tested positive for COVID-19. All cases are linked to an off-campus social event in February. 

Longwood Gardens closing

Longwood Gardens in Chester County, PA will close beginning  Saturday. 

The international visitor attraction near the Delaware line in Kennett Square hopes to open in early April.

Refunds for those who purchased tickets will be issued.

No coronavirus cases have been reported in Chester County, although several law enforcement officers are under observation.

County Chamber postpones 98th annual meeting

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Governor’s State of Emergency advising against large gatherings, and the rising number of businesses and organizations unable to attend events, the Chamber has decided to postpone its 98th Annual Dinner.
The Chamber is working with speakers and facilities to come up with a new date. Once the new date is determined, all current registrations will automatically transfer to that new date. 
The dinner dates back to the days when the organization functioned as Newark’s Chamber of Commerce.

State Chamber postpones its legislative-manufacturing event

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce will be postponing the Spring Legislative Brunch and Manufacturing Conference, which was scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. We are working closely with the Governor’s office and Delaware Technical Community College to determine an appropriate new date.

St. Francis Healthcare cancels events

Wilmington-based Saint Francis Healthcare has canceled all community classes or events until at least March 31, putting the safety of patients, colleagues and community members first. Individuals who registered for events will be contacted to reschedule.

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