Local Government COVID-19 FAQs

Should we declare a local state of emergency, how long should it be?

Yes. Due to the unique nature of the coronavirus (Covid-19), where human contact can have deadly consequences, municipalities are urged to declare a state of emergency which will legally allow you to close your facilities and temporarily stop public meetings, thus helping to limit the spread of the disease. The Emergency Services Management Code in Title 35 references a seven-day local declaration unless an elected body agrees to a different length of time. DCED recommends at least a 14-day proclamation or ideally following the lead of the commonwealth on setting an end date to a state of emergency.

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