COVID-19 Updates

Given the recent events and continual recommendations by the CDC, the City of Daphne will continue to post updates and links here in regards to COVID-19. All City of Daphne Operations will continue to be monitored, adjusted and/or updated as necessary for all residents and employees.

Stay up to date with information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please contact the Alabama Department of Public Health COVID-19 hotline to find out about testing locations and options at 1-888-264-2256 or visit their website at www.alabamapublichealth.gov

March 1, 2021

February 17, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE - The Alabama Department of Public Health announced that the COVID vaccine clinic at OWA scheduled for February 18, is rescheduled for Friday, February 19 due to weather conditions. There will be limited first doses and ample second doses provided. All individuals who received their first dose at the Daphne Civic Center on January 19 and 21 are due for the second dose. Those individuals are welcome and encouraged to come to OWA Friday, Feb 19 from 9am-3pm to receive the booster.  

February 15, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE - DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, the Alabama Department of Public Health's Covid-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 at OWA in Foley has been CANCELED. The clinic is rescheduled for Friday, February 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The ADPH will continue to monitor the weather for the clinic scheduled for Thursday, February 18.

Second doses have been allocated at the OWA clinics for those who received their first dose at the Daphne Civic Center. For those individuals due for their second dose tomorrow, it is within the CDC guidelines to receive the booster after the 4 week mark.

February 8, 2021

The Alabama Department of Public Health released today that those who received their first dose vaccine at the clinic at the Daphne Civic Center will receive their second dose at the OWA clinic in Foley. For full details visit https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/baldwin/

February 5, 2021

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced starting Monday, February 8, the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and these additional groups of frontline workers:

First Responders

Corrections Officers

Food and agriculture workers

U.S. Postal Service workers 

Manufacturing workers

Grocery store workers

Public transit workers

Childcare workers

People who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education)

Judiciary - including but not limited to circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys

February 2, 2021

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched an online portal for individuals to check their eligibility for vaccination and make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at county health departments. The portal also provides up-to-date information about additional drive-through and walk-in clinics being offered. The portal can be accessed at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/dcb7b094/PEzYRVIe30Ox5aYimb_H1A?u=https://www.alcovidvaccine.gov/

By entering information in the portal, individuals can confirm their eligibility, select a county where they intend to schedule their vaccination, and indicate if they want to be notified if interested in receiving an e-mail when the vaccine becomes available for additional priority groups. Information about the vaccine product itself and what to expect is also provided

January 21, 2021

Governor Kay Ivey issued her twenty-second supplemental emergency proclamation extending the Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This order extends until Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

January 19, 2021

Released by the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) -- The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and the City of Daphne are working together to provide a vaccination clinic for COVID-19.  Vaccination clinics scheduled for today, Tuesday, January 19th are full.  

The vaccination clinic is being conducted at the Daphne Civic Center located at 2603 US Hwy 98 Daphne, AL 36526.  There is no charge for the vaccine, however individuals must:

  • be 75 years or older
  • be a member of law enforcement
  • be a healthcare worker
  • be a Fire Firefighter
  • provide identification

Individuals wishing to receive the vaccine may arrive on site at 6:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to obtain a registration card for an upcoming vaccination date and time.   Additional dates for vaccination clinics will be announced by the ADPH.  The vaccination clinic is operating smoothly and accommodating patients in both the walk-in and drive-thru.  Patients arriving for the clinic will have their temperature checked before site entry. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health is the lead agency for this vaccine initiative.  The Baldwin County EMA, the City of Daphne, along with local volunteers are working together to provide logistical support for the effort.  

Daphne Civic Center

2603 US-98

Daphne, AL 36526

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Daphne Civic Center
2603 US-98
 Daphne, AL 36526

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9:00am-3:00pm

Daphne Civic Center
2603 US-98
Daphne, AL 36526

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For those who received their first dose of vaccine, an allotment of vaccine has been set aside for second doses. This ensures that those who received their first dose of vaccine will receive their second dose within the required time frame.   Individuals will be required to bring their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the follow-up appointment to receive their booster shot. For more information, contact Jenni Guerry, Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency at jguerry@baldwincountyal.gov or 251-972-6809.  

January 14, 2021

THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES COVID-19 MASS VACCINATION CLINIC IN BALDWIN COUNTY 

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is the lead agency for the COVID-19 mass vaccination initiative. The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) and the City of Daphne is working together to coordinate support for the vaccine initiative. Due to the limited vaccine supply, ADPH has delineated a phased approach to vaccine distribution to the members of the community. The ADPH vaccination plan can be found here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-plan.pdf 

On January 19, ADPH will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years or older, first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, in Baldwin County. ADPH is working to expand access to other groups within 1b. Additional details on the vaccine allocation plan can be found here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf 

The vaccine that will be administered during the Baldwin County mass vaccination site will be Moderna. Individuals wishing to receive the vaccine will provide identification, complete necessary consent forms, have the vaccine administered and will be observed by a medical professional for approximately 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination clinic. For individuals who may have functional access needs or ambulatory challenges, accommodations will be made. Drive thru options will be available at the Daphne Civic Center. Residency of Alabama is NOT a requirement. This clinic will operate on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are needed. There is no fee for the vaccine. Face masks and social distancing measures will be required while on site. It is anticipated that clinics will be conducted in the coming months with additional groups added as more vaccine is made available. 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older and will be administered at the mass vaccination clinic. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data shows the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after two doses. No serious safety concerns were found. Individuals receiving their first dose of the vaccine will be given a day/time to return for the second dose. 

Side effects and safety information 

Most common side effects in the arm where you got the shot: 

  • Pain 
  • Swelling 
  • Redness 

Most common side effects throughout the rest of your body: 

  • Chills 
  • Tiredness 
  • Headache 

These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They might feel like flu symptoms and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. 

The mass vaccination clinic will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne, AL 36526. The dates and times for the next two weeks are listed in the chart below. Additional information on clinic dates for February and March will be forthcoming. Please DO NOT contact the City of Daphne or the Daphne Civic Center for details regarding this clinic. 


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January 13, 2021

The Alabama Department of Public Health and Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency are working together on a local COVID vaccine distribution clinic at the Daphne Civic Center. The organizations will release detailed information on Thursday, January 14, including dates and times. The Daphne Civic Center is providing the location ONLY; please refrain from contacting the Civic Center or other City departments directly. Any questions should be directed to the ADPH at 1-855-566-5333. We appreciate your cooperation.

January 12, 2021

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday that ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years or older, first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18. 

To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination at a county health department, individuals may call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1-855-566-5333. Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Vaccination locations can be viewed at this link, https://link.edgepilot.com/s/8ff1c186/lGV8Mbx2-0yRLfDU4-3LlQ?u=https://go.usa.gov/xARKp and additional specific information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made. 

If you want to be vaccinated at sites other than a county health department, such as a private provider, individuals should contact those sites directly.

For information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/f7e2b798/E_9P4Dn7q0qNXSi8adGPSQ?u=https://go.usa.gov/xARKE

December 9, 2021

Governor Kay Ivey issued her twentieth supplemental emergency proclamation extending the Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This order extends until Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

December 4, 2020

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is working to make the changes in processes to allow for a reduced quarantine period for persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Only the Alabama State Health Officer has the authority to establish state quarantine and isolation requirements.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended two additional options for quarantine and asked states to review their respective COVID-19 situations. In its commitment to protect Alabamians during this pandemic, ADPH is studying the information and supporting documentation to make recommendations specific to Alabama. Record high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have occurred in Alabama this week, requiring ongoing review of what the impact of changes in home quarantine requirements could have in our state.

November 16, 2020

As soon as mid-December, healthcare providers and the chronically ill in Alabama could begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is following its three-phased COVID-19 vaccine plan. ADPH continues to enroll community partners in its statewide population-based immunization electronic registry system, ImmPRINT (Immunization Patient Registry with Integrated Technology) to provide COVID-19 vaccine. These include private sector partners including medical facilities and health care providers who will administer the vaccine. Persons identified to receive vaccine first include healthcare workers and first responders.   

November 8, 2020

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her nineteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5:00PM.

July 29, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey has issued a proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until August 31, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Click here to see the Order.

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July 15, 2020

Gov. Ivey announced a statewide mask mandate requiring everyone older than 6 to wear a mask in public areas while interacting within six feet of people from another household. The order goes into effect at 5pm Thursday, July 15 and will be in place until July 31.

July 6, 2020

Please note that it is now a requirement that any non-employee or member of the general public must wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth and adhere to social distancing guidelines while in any City of Daphne owned and operated indoor facility, effective immediately until further notice, per approval by Daphne City Council.

June 17, 2020

Daphne Municipal Court dockets have now resumed. Please call the magistrates office at 251-620-0500 if you have any questions regarding your case or to verify your court date.

May 22, 2020

The following are some of the City of Daphne operational updates as a result of Governor Kay Ivey’s amended Safer at Home order (effective Friday, May 22 at 5:00pm):

  • Tennis, Pickleball and Bocce Ball courts at W.O. Lott Park are open for singles and doubles play 
  • All playgrounds and basketball courts are open and sanitized daily
  • Al Trione Sports Complex and the Daphne Sports Complex are open for practices and conditioning only. Note: all practices must be scheduled through the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 251-620-2702
  • Competitive sports are able to resume on June 15. Please call 251-620-2702 for details
  • The Senior Center remains closed until further notice

As a reminder, please continue to use proper social distancing. 

May 1, 2020 (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

As of 2:00 p.m. on May 1, the Tennis and Pickleball courts at Lott Park are open for Singles Play only. We ask that players maintain proper social distancing and no spectators are allowed on the courts. Proper use is necessary to enable the facilities to remain open.

April 28, 2020 (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Gov. Ivey has announced the much anticipated first steps to reopen Alabama. The plan was characterized as a "gradual reopening" by Dr. Scott Harris. The new "Safer at Home" order will go into effect Thursday at 5:00pm and encourages the public to stay home, continues to limit social gathering to no more than 10 people, requires social distancing, allows retail businesses to reopen with a reduced occupancy rate of 50% and minimum 6 feet spacing for customers, allows state beaches to re-open with social distancing and elective medical procedures to resume. The public is also encouraged to wear face coverings when they go out of the home and six foot distancing cannot be maintained.

A process for church gatherings is also being addressed in the new order but restrictions on large in-person gatherings for places of worship are apparently not being lifted.

Restrictions on "high-risk businesses and activities" including hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, gyms, and fitness facilities are to remain in place according to remarks by Gov. Ivey.

Childcare services are being relaxed to allow day care provide there are 12 or less children per room or "enclosed area".

The new order expires on May 15 at 5:00 pm.

The revised order is now online at:
https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/…/order-adph-cov-gather…

April 17, 2020 (Municipal Court Information) 

If you have a review case for Daphne Municipal Court in the month of May, please call the court office. You may not have to appear! Call 251-620-0500 Monday - Friday between 7:30am and 4:00pm. Most traffic citations can be paid online at daphneal.govtportal.com.

April 9, 2020 (Municipal Court Order)

Important Update Regarding Court Proceedings -- In compliance with the administrative order from the Alabama Supreme Court, all Daphne Municipal Court proceedings are postponed to May 5, 2020 and beyond.

Individuals and attorneys will be notified by US Mail of their new court date. Notifications will be sent to the last address provided to the court. Failure to update contact information will not excuse a defendant from missing court. Failure to appear could result in a warrant for your arrest.

Citations can be paid using our new kiosk in the lobby, by visiting www.daphneal.govportal.com, by calling 251-262-6200 or by mailing a cashier’s check or money order to Daphne Municipal Court, 1502 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL 36526.

Please contact the court directly for questions or to update your address. We can be reached at 251-620-0500 or via email at daphnecourtadm@daphneal.com.

April 6, 2020, 2:00pm

Let’s Stream Together! We want to observe proper social distancing while still keeping the public involved. Therefore, the City of Daphne will be broadcasting City Council Meetings LIVE starting with tonight’s April 6, 2020 meeting which begins at 5:00pm.

To watch the LIVE broadcast, join us on Facebook at: www.Facebook.com/CityofDaphne.

April 3, 2020, 4:00pm

Governor Kay Ivey issues statewide stay-at-home order effective Saturday, April 4 at 5:00pm until Thursday, April 30 at 5:00pm.

To view the entire order click here.

April 2, 2020, 3:30pm

Mayor Haygood has presented a resolution to members of the Daphne City Council which outlines the initial plan for COVID-19 response for the City of Daphne.

The plan is aimed to provide economic relief to our Daphne citizens and small businesses, compensate our first responders for the additional risks associated with their first responder duties and stimulating our local economy.

Read more about the proposed plan here.

March 27, 2020, 11:30am

Playgrounds in the City of Daphne are closing by Saturday, March 28 at 5:00pm in order to comply with the updated statewide Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) order.

Governor Kay Ivey, in conjunction with the (ADPH), have announced a new state-wide health order today that will further prohibit certain activities beginning Saturday, March 28 at 5:00pm until Friday, April 17 at 5:00pm:

  1. Non-work related gathering of 10 or more that cannot observe social distancing
  2. These “non-essential” businesses and activities will fall into one of four broad categories:
  • Entertainment venues
  • Athletic facilities and activities
  • Non-essential "close-contact" service establishments
  • Non-essential retail stores

March 26, 2020 (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Good signs for the Eastern Shore regarding Coronavirus

1. Low demand for today’s testing site at 3Circle Church. Only 156 tests administered today of the 300+ available. Could this signal that there is limited need for testing within our local community? Testing will continue at 3Circle Church again on Friday from 8:00 AM to Noon.

2. Thomas Hospital tested 40 people on Monday at the first drive-up testing in Baldwin County. This testing was by appointment after candidate were screening by phone.

3. To date - we have 5 confirmed cases in Baldwin County. Expect these numbers to increase as there is a large backlog of testing which are awaiting results. Still, the rate of positive tests in Baldwin County are below 5% at this point which is a good sign. Let’s hope this continues.

4. Only 1 the positive tests in Baldwin County is for an "in-patient" at a local hospital. While there are a number of in-patient tests pending, at current moment our hospital beds and ventilators are not a critical issues on the Eastern Shore for our local healthcare providers.

5. Additional drive-up testing is being planned for next week - with details to be released later by the the sponsoring healthcare provider. My office continues to work behind the scenes to assist in any way we can with testing - but the availability of "collection kits" or "testing kits" remain the critical challenge to more testing.

6. New lab testing options are coming online and new partnerships being forged by our local healthcare providers which promise to reduce the current 5-8 day wait time on test results that most providers are experiencing.

7. Although not medically proven, warm weather and sunshine may be helping reduce the spread of coronavirus - which could be great for the City of Daphne and the Coastal Alabama region.

8. The shortage of a number of items at out local grocery and big box stores seems to be easing. Hopefully the supply chain will continue to catch up with demand so that shopping will be easier out our Daphne stores: Rouses Markets, Publix Super Market at Magnolia Place, Walmart Daphne, Sam’s Club, Target Daphne, The Fresh Market. Relief here may significantly reduce stress levels along the Eastern Shore.

9. Our lone hospital on the Eastern Shore is Thomas Hospital. Located in Fairhope, Thomas Hospital is part of the Infirmary Health System which also operates Mobile Infirmary. As such, Thomas Hospital has access to a much larger network of resources which are leveraged to serve our community. We also have additional capacity in Daphne thanks the Infirmary’s recent investment in Thomas Hospital Emergency - Malbis which is one of the first freestanding Emergency Department facilities in the state of Alabama.

10. New methods of testing will benefit some of our local healthcare providers with the recent FDA emergency use authorization of Cepheid’s GeneXpert systems. This announcement means that local healthcare providers that utilize these machines can have their units "recharged" in the near future to be capable to test for SARS-CoV-2 on-site in as little as 45 minutes.

These are all positive signs, but the community needs to remain vigilant in observing the necessary precautions to prevent spread and maintain public health in our community.

March 26, 2020, 5:00pm (Eddie Tyler, Baldwin County Board of Education, via Facebook)

Parents,

When you see the evening news, you will hear Governor Kay Ivey, along with State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, announced today public school students in Alabama will NOT be returning to physical classrooms for the remainder of this school year.

We learned of this information just as quickly as you did today but we have been anticipating such an announcement. Our curriculum teams have prepared for this announcement and we have a plan to continue education with a distance learning program for your children. In fact, we don’t just have one plan, we have multiple plans.

Some students will continue their online course of study much like our virtual students currently learn. Some students will work in a hybrid format with packets of information provided by their instructors.

We will send you detailed information on how this distance learning program will work for you and your family based specifically upon your child’s grade level: graduating seniors, high school students and K through 8 and our exceptional students. You will receive this information next week.

Please continue with practice and enrichment as scheduled through the end of next week. We will hold our spring break as originally scheduled and when we return from spring break on Monday, April 13th, we will begin this new regimen of distance learning.

During this time, we will continue working with our staff and teachers to make sure everyone is prepared to instruct and support this technology, as well as the alternative methods being offered.

Once again, I cannot express to you the incredible team of teachers and support staff we have in our system. All four thousand of our employees have remained on call, working from home and other remote locations as instructed, to support our mission. I have never felt so blessed to work with such an amazing group of people and to live in such an amazing part of the country.

Thank you again for your support of our system and thank you for the patience you have had with our adjustments to this new setting. We have had a very short amount of time to make what is a very dramatic change in how we typically do business and all of us appreciate the positive attitude you and your children have shown throughout this process.

We will be in touch again next week. Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Thank you,
Eddie Tyler,
Superintendent
#BaldwinProud #CommunityStrong

March 25, 2020 (Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency)

Baldwin County EMA has exciting new notification and alert tools. If you haven’t yet, text the keywords “alertbaldwin” and “baldwincovid” to 888777 and get in on the information and notifications from Baldwin County EMA.

March 23, 2020 

Daphne’s Mayor Haygood relaxed the sign ordinance standards to enable local retailers to utilize the provisions of the promotional weekend ordinance through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic State of Emergency.

March 19, 2020, 3:30pm (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Alabama bans the following (effective today) that will affect our community:

* Restaurants & bars banned from on-site consumption
* Childcare & preschool services
* Elective dental & medical procedures
* Visitation at hospitals & nursing homes/long term care facilities
* Any indoor gatherings of 25+ without proper social distancing
* Use of beaches along the Gulf Mexico

See full press release using the following link: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2020/03/governor-ivey-issues-statement-on-statewide-public-health-order/?fbclid=IwAR0EooBQ3oVJNu-L8XvHv3WOPQN_5ffM8IoAtLr0otKP-D8415H64tRQ4F8

March 18, 2020, 11:00am (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Daphne City Hall will be the closed to the public following close of business on Friday, March 20. This change will directly affect the public’s interactions with following departments: Building Inspection, Community Development, Revenue, Human Resources as well as the offices of the City Clerk and the Mayor. These departments will continue to operate with alternate forms of customer service interactions in lieu of traditional walk up service. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can reach each of these departments by phone at 251-620-1000. Garbage and Trash services are not affected and will continue to operate normally in the City of Daphne. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adjust operations to promote and protect public health in our community.

March 18, 2020 - Daphne Public Library Operational Changes

The Daphne Public Library will be suspending traditional library services and lobby access to the public starting Thursday, March 19. Our operating hours will be Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm. We will continue to offer limited services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff members.

Effective immediately, any new items checked out will be given a four week check out period. During this operational adjustment period, no fines will be charged at our library (please note, this will not eliminate fines owed prior to 3/19/2020).

We are working on details to allow for online check outs of materials that are available from the Daphne Public Library and on daphnelibrary.org, and we will enable pick-up at a safe, designated location. We will continue to monitor this process and adjust as necessary. The library will keep normal check out limits in place (5 DVDs, 5 audiobooks, 5 music CDs, 25 items total per card). The Baldwin County Library Courier system and the Bookmobile will not be in operation; therefore, hold items will be not be available from any other library branches.

You can access your account online at daphnelibrary.org or at baldwincat.org to renew your items or place holds.  You may also call the library at 251-620-2500 for assistance with reference questions, renewing items, placing holds, or information on check out/pick-up details.

We will continue to highlight free online educational opportunities for our residents. Many e-book downloads and student resources are available, including www.avl.lib.al.us and www.tutor.com.

Wi-fi internet access will be provided in outdoor seating and adjacent parking areas.

All library activities and events are cancelled through the end of April. Events following this time will be addressed and adjusted as need be. Please contact the library with any specific questions.

Please follow all updates at the following sites:

  • www.daphnelibrary.org
  • www.facebook.com/DaphnePublicLibrary
  • www.daphneal.com

March 17, 2020 (Public Notice)

At the March 16, 2020 Daphne City Council meeting, the Daphne City Council passed a motion to cancel all City Boards, Committee and Authority meetings for the next sixty (60) days in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community and our employees.

The City Council also voted to discontinue use of City Hall meeting rooms to the public and outside groups effective immediately for a period of sixty (60) days.

As of this date, the April 6, 2020 City Council meeting will be held as scheduled.

Please continue to monitor the City of Daphne website for additional updates.

March 17, 2020, 4:15pm - Community Events Canceled

In response to the ongoing events and for the safety of our residents, guests and employees, the following City events have been canceled at this time. They have also been noted and/or removed from our social media and website:

  • Brown Bag by the Bay (originally scheduled for Thursdays, April & May)
  • Daphne Easter Egg Hunt (4/4)
  • Keep Daphne Beautiful Day (4/4)
  • Rockin’ for Recovery Race (4/18)
  • Sunday Sunset Series (4/19 & 5/17)
  • Public Works Day (5/13)

Other events will be addressed as need be, a departmental basis and updated here.

March 17, 2020, 3:00pm - Local School Updates

  • Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) stated in an email earlier today, "As a result of further discussions, there will be NO SCHOOL for students tomorrow (March 18). Our goal was to assist families who had few options for child care or needed time to make arrangements for their children. Based on attendance numbers from today and yesterday, we feel as though that mission was accomplished, and we have given parents ample opportunity to make arrangements.

    Kindergarten through 12th grade parents may come to our campuses through Friday at 4 p.m. to pick up the educational enrichment packets and Chromebooks as directed by your local principal and teachers. Our teachers will be dismissed at the close of business today for the closure. Teachers will remain available via electronic communications."

    After Friday of this week, all school facilities including central office, will be closed. All staff and employees of the system will remain on call and will remain working throughout this closure though they may not be in office or on campus.


  • Bayshore Christian School will be shifting to Teacher Directed Home Learning from March 17th - April 3rd. March 30th - April 3rd is our regularly scheduled Spring Break, so for the next 2 weeks will be in this new model."


Monday, March 16, 2020, 2:00pm (Mayor Dane Haygood)

The City of Daphne has been monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic with specific focus on the guidance provided from the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health.  Out of abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community and our employees, my office has directed the following changes be implemented to our normal city operations:

  • Daphne Public Works - administrative office is closed to the public. Please call 251-620-2100 for additional information.
  • Daphne Public Library – suspending traditional library services and lobby access to the public effective Thursday, March 19.  We will continue to offer limited services as follows:
    • Circulation Services – circulation via online reservations with on-site pickup and drop-off at the library (*Please note: Reservations of books limited to Daphne Public Library inventory as inter-library delivery services have been suspended by Baldwin County)
    • Internet Access – wi-fi internet access provided in outdoor seating areas and adjacent parking areas
  • Parks and Recreation
    • Athletic Leagues – all athletic league play has been suspended
    • Tournament Hosting – tournaments through April 21 have been cancelled
    • Park Availability – City parks to remain open for recreational use
  • Senior Services
    • Fitness Facility – closed effective Thursday, March 19
    • SAIL Site – suspending traditional dine-in lunch services and transitioning to curbside delivery services for existing Senior Nutritional Program participants

The City of Daphne has taken and continues to take steps to ensure the safety of our residents, employees and entire community.  Some of these steps include:

  • Increasing cleaning and sanitizing of City of Daphne facilities
  • Implementing prudent, precautionary adjustments to our operations
  • Temporarily curtailing business travel
  • Encouraging proper hygiene procedures.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00pm

Local School Closing Information:

Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:30am (Daphne Municipal Court)

In compliance with the administrative order from the Alabama Supreme Court, all Daphne Municipal Court proceedings are postponed to April 21, 2020 and beyond.

Individuals and attorneys will be notified by US Mail of their new court date. Notifications will be sent to the last address provided to the court. Failure to update contact information will not excuse a defendant from missing court. Failure to appear could result in a warrant for your arrest.

 Please contact the court directly for questions or to update your address. We can be reached at 251-620-0500 or via email at daphnecourtadm@daphneal.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 4:30pm (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Remain calm and utilize prudent precautionary measures.

Healthcare/testing - Statewide test kit availability issue has eased and lab processing procedures in place and working according to local healthcare representatives. As testing expands, you should expect local and statewide confirmed cases to spike in coming days and weeks. Major improvements to local testing options will be announced early next week. Stay home if you are not feeling well. If symptomatic, call your healthcare provider for advice/instruction.

Supplies - Retailers are struggling to keep high demand items on the shelf. Recommend maintaining a 2 week supply of essential supplies. Stockpiling is only adding to the hysteria.

Local Closures

Schools -
Public schools in Alabama, including Baldwin County Public Schools, are closing after Wednesday (3/18) for 2.5 weeks

Recreation -
Gulf Coast Rangers Football Club (formerly Daphne Strike). Suspending activities as of 3/13 through 3/29.
Daphne Girls Softball Association. Suspending activities (indefinitely) as of 3/13.

Churches -
Daphne United Methodist Church. After tomorrow’s Sunday services, suspending on campus activities until Palm Sunday (4/5).
Church of the Highlands has cancelled services for tomorrow (3/15) and we reevaluate future plans next week.

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