City of Lexington COVID-19 Update May 18, 2020
As we continue to navigate the unknowns of COVID-19, the City of Lexington's top priority is maintaining essential services for our community while protecting the health and safety of our residents and employees.
Effective May 18, 2020, the following updates apply to Lexington Parks and Recreation parks, amenities, and programs:
Lexington Aquatic Park, Washington Park Splash Pad & Summer Programs Update
- Lexington Aquatic Park will remain closed for the 2020 summer season.
- Washington Park Splash Pad's re-opening status is on hold and under evaluation.
- Summer recreational programs are also under evaluation to determine the safest options for the 2020 season.
- Stay tuned for updates on the City website, Facebook & Twitter pages, and Parks and Recreation Facebook & Instagram pages for additional details for Washington Park Splash Pad and summer programming.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the City must take into consideration large gathering potential and restrictions, social distancing logistics, and implementing measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) when determining which facilities to re-open and which programs to offer. The City will continue to follow recommendations from state and local leaders in deciding what each phase of re-opening looks like for Lexington.
View the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below for more information about the Governor's Executive Orders, North Carolina's 3-Phases to Re-open, and other COVID-19 topics.
If you are looking for resources and assistance for yourself and your family, please view the "COVID-19 Resources" section. You may also call our COVID-19 assistance call center 336-243-2489.
**Lexington COVID-19 UPDATE April 21, 2020**
City officials continue to implement and update COVID-19 mitigation measures
Change to Open Spaces & Equipment at City Parks
Effective April 21 all basketball courts in city parks are closed until further notice.
The City of Lexington Public Safety Curfew expired on April 18 at midnight. Mayor Clark is not extending the curfew; however, the Governor's Stay at Home Order is still in place and residents are expected to follow that order. For questions regarding the Stay at Home Order, download our Frequently Asked Questions PDF.
Lexington Endorses Stay-at-Home and Enacts Public Safety Curfew
In an effort to preserve critical and limited healthcare capacity and potentially save lives, City of Lexington officials are committed to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Newell Clark endorses Stay-at-Home Recommendations and Enacts Public Safety Curfew Effective March 28, 2020
- In anticipation of a statewide declaration by the NC Governor and/or on a local level, citizens in the City of Lexington are encouraged to stay at home and only seek medical assistance, food or other essential services to sustain the well-being of him/herself or his/her family.
- Declaration of a public safety curfew is in effect beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:00pm. The curfew is daily from 9:00pm to 5:00am March 28, 2020 through Saturday, April 18, 2020 midnight.
The intent of these additional safety measures is to ensure the maximum number of people possible are kept well, while enabling essential services to continue, and to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.
All essential government, public safety and utility services continue. We are committed to serving you in these unsettling times. Our call center has expanded hours 6am to 8pm daily at 336-243-2489.
Physical distancing from each other WILL save lives and WE CAN do this together…as long as it takes. Click here to learn more about what we are doing.
**Lexington COVID-19 UPDATE Effective March 25, 2020**
- PRESS PAUSE and STAY HOME – only go out for work, food, medicine and solitary outdoor exercise.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING = minimum 6 feet of separation with everyone.
City of Lexington is committed to adapt and implement additional measures for your safety, during this rapidly changing public health crisis:
- All events at Commons on the Green, Edward C. Smith Civic Center and Breeden Insurance Amphitheater are suspended through July 4th weekend.
- Playgrounds, restrooms and water fountains in City parks closed. No basketball games or close contact allowed (6 feet of separation), basketball courts should be primarily individual use. Trails and open spaces are still open and people are encouraged to use them while practicing social distancing.
- Lexington Golf Course enforcing measures of social distancing, while allowing people to still enjoy the game of golf.
- Lexington Utilities call center extending hours 6am to 8pm to better serve and educate on safer ways to handle utility business online and by phone.
Late payment and non-sufficient/returned check fees are also suspended, in addition to utility disconnects and non-payment fees. Customers should continue payments to minimize long-term impact.
Reminder that all essential government, public safety and utility services continue. We are committed to you in these uncertain times.
Physical distancing from each other WILL save lives and WE CAN do this together…as long as it takes.
For additional information:
- Wake Health Lex Medical Center Hotline (336-70-COVID)
- Novant Hotline (877-9-NOVANT)
- Text COVIDNC to 898211 for updates or dial 2-1-1
March 18, 2020
**Effective March 20, 2020 until further notice**
All essential government, public safety and utility services continue - we are here to serve you in these uncertain times.
City offices are limiting face-to-face transactions, due to the precautionary social distancing measures recommended by federal, state and public health officials. Staff are working and available by phone and email to creatively meet your business needs during this time of uncertainty.
- City of Lexington offices CLOSED for walk-in customers conducting general business, as a preventative measure to protect both you and our staff
- Customers should use online, pay by phone, mail, night deposit box, etc. - see options below
- For the health of everyone, cash payments are strongly discouraged
- Staff is working and available by phone or email to meet customer needs and educate about online and alternate options
- Utility disconnections and the non-payment fee suspended – this is a grace period and customers should continue payments to minimize long-term impact
- Non-essential government and utility services temporarily suspended to minimize risk of exposure for public safety and ensure long-term continuity of services
- City of Lexington parks are open - stay active while practicing social distancing
- Lexington Golf Club will accept credit card only (potential for modified hours of operation)
- Visit www.lexingtonnc.gov or call 336-243-2489 for assistance.
March 16, 2020 -
COVID-19 Mitigation Update 3/16/2020 3pm
City officials continue implementation of COVID-19 mitigating measures.
**Effective March 17, 2020 until further notice**
- City of Lexington modifying office hours 10am – 2pm for walk-in customers conducting critical business
- Customers should use online, pay by phone, mail, night deposit box and alternate options
- Utility disconnections and the non-payment fee temporarily suspended – this is a grace period and customers should continue payments to minimize long-term impact
- All essential government and utility services continue
- City staff is working and available by phone or email to meet customer needs and educate about online and alternate options.
As the nationwide state of emergency continues to evolve rapidly, our goal is to take actions to ensure sustainability of public safety and services in the weeks and months ahead. Therefore, we continue our commitment to act in a responsible manner and err on the side of precaution when it comes to community and global public health.
Call 336-243-2489 for assistance.
Declared State of Emergency
This measure simply enables public servants to be agile and adapt to the rapidly evolving public health emergency in accordance with President Trump and Governor Cooper executive orders as well as public health officials guidance.
We remain 100% committed to protecting and serving Lexington residents and businesses through these uncertain times.
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Proactive Mitigation Efforts
City of Lexington officials are committed to proactive measures to educate, prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the community and the City workforce. The following mitigating measures are geared to ensure public health and essential public safety, utility and governmental services continue uninterrupted to serve our community in the weeks and months ahead:
**Effective March 16, 2020 through May 15, 2020**
Public assemblies are limited in accordance with State of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s instructions and guidance from health officials.
City-coordinated events may be modified or canceled, including City-owned facilities reserved by the general public.
Non-essential public meetings, recreational programming and public events are suspended.
City leadership will be continually evaluating and adapting service levels and facilities to respect health officials’ advice and social distancing; all in an effort to guard public health, prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and will require ongoing monitoring and adaptation, including the May 15th sunset date.