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July 13, 2020, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.–Elections for Commissioners of St. Michaels

strawberries-basket-2Public Notice to the citizens of the Town of St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland
Notice is hereby given that there will be an election for four of the five offices of Commissioner of the Town of St. Michaels, Talbot County, Maryland. The term of office for the three top vote winners is four (4) years, expiring in June 2024. The term of the fourth top vote winner will be two (2) years, expiring in June 2022. Said election will be held at the Edgar M. Bosley, Jr. Municipal Building (Town Office), 300 Mill Street, St. Michaels, MD between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on:

MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION

strawberries-basket-2THE LAST DAY TO FILE FOR CANDIDACY OR REGISTER TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION WAS 4:30 P.M., FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020

Candidate list as of June 12, 2020:
Michael E. Bibb – BIO
William E. Boos – BIO
David H. Breimhurst – BIO
T. Coleman duPont – BIO
Dennis F. Glackin – BIO
Joyce D. Harrod – BIO
William C. Harvey, II – BIO
Jefferson C. Knapp – BIO

CANDIDATE FORUM
A candidate Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, was held on Tuesday, July 7 at 6 p.m.
To view this virtual meeting on Vimeo, click HERE.
To view this virtual meeting on Facebook Live, click HERE.
To listen to an audio recording, click HERE.

By Authority of Jean R. Weisman, Town Clerk/Manager – Supervisor of Elections

STATEMENT FROM THE COMMISSIONERS REGARDING THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD

The Commissioners of St. Michaels issue the following statement

The Commissioners of St. Michaels unanimously condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police that caused the death of one of their citizens, George Floyd. We call on police departments and public safety organizations across the country to adopt policies of inclusion, engagement and most importantly respect for its citizens.

We believe that if police departments across the country adopted the approach to public safety that has been implemented in St. Michaels, MD, this terrible result and others like it could be avoided. Our town’s public safety is led by our Chief Anthony Smith. He has spent his entire adult life in law enforcement, 25 years with the Maryland State police and 14 years with St. Michaels. He believes in and strictly enforces the concept of community policing and he is always vigilant and will not tolerate any form of racism within our police department. He and all of his officers know our residents personally. They work with our youth on a daily basis and as a result have developed a trust within the community. They run programs, such as SMYLE that is funded by the town and its residents, that engage our young people with the police. Arrest or detention is always the last resort. As a result, St. Michaels has one of the lowest records of arrest of many towns in Maryland.

We believe that all police should interact with citizens and visitors at a personal level and that treating everyone with dignity can co-exist with law enforcement.

By Authority of Commissioners of St. Michaels

TOWN OFFICE CLOSED AND ALL MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD REMOTELY

St. Michaels Town Office is Closed to the Public

With concern for the safety of all during this emerging health crisis, the town office will closed to the public effective immediately. Staff will report for duty as assigned and will be answering phone calls and emails. All meetings scheduled to take place in the Town Office at 300 Mill Street are being held virtually. Please submit applications and make payments by mail or place in the “dropbox” located next to the office’s front door (No cash, please.)

Please feel free to contact us at 410-745-9535. For a list of staff email addresses, click HERE.

For Public Works concerns, call (410) 745-5147.

In case of emergency, contact St. Michaels Police Department at 410-745-5000 or call 911.

By Authority of the Commissioners of St. Michaels

COVID-19: GOVERNOR’S ORDERS, MARYLAND STRONG ROADMAP TO RECOVERY, AND LOCAL UPDATES

Where to Find Local Information

Talbot County COVID-19 Information www.talbotcovid19.org

CDC COVID-2019 Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Talbot County COVID-19 Information www.talbotdes.org/covid19.asp

For daily emailed updates from the Town of St. Michaels with information for residents and businesses from the Talbot COVID-19 Emergency Operations Team and additional information from the Town, join the St. Michaels email list HERE.

Maryland Department of Health Website: https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx
Talbot County Health Department Website: https://health.maryland.gov/talbotcounty/Pages/home.aspx
Talbot County Health Department Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalbotHealthMaryland/
Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Website: http://www.talbotdes.org/default.asp
Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talbotdes

Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery

Orders and Guidance can be found at https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery/

June 11, 2020 – Beginning Stage Two: Reopening of Businesses and Facilities. CLICK HERE.
June 3, 2020 – Beginning Stage Two: Reopening of Businesses and Facilities. CLICK HERE.
May 27, 2020 – Completing Stage One: Reopening of Businesses and Facilities. CLICK HERE.
May 13, 2020 – Beginning Stage One: Reopening of Businesses and Facilities. CLICK HERE.
May 6, 2020 – Beginning Stage ONE: Outdoor Activities and Elective Procedure. CLICK HERE.

Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge
Responsible business owners are encouraged to take the pledge to:
• Create an environment that allows for physical distancing between individuals (6 feet is recommended) to the extent possible.
• Ensure their place of business is routinely cleaned and encourage our employees to frequently wash their hands.
• Provide flexibility to their employees, provide training and education and clearly communicate policies and procedures.
• Reduce and disinfect as many ‘high touch surfaces’ as possible
• Additionally follow guidance provided by the CDC, the Maryland Department of Health and their own industry.
Download and display the pledge HERE.

Recent Updates:

June 22, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
June 19, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
June 12, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
June 5, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates and Talbot County Small Business Grant Program. CLICK HERE.
June 3, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates and Talbot County testing information. CLICK HERE.
May 29, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates with information regarding Individual Assistance. CLICK HERE.
May 27, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
May 20, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
May 15, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates and Governor’s Stage One Recovery Plan. CLICK HERE.
May 13, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
May 8, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
May 6, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
May 4, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
May 1, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 29, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 27, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 24, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 22, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 20, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 17, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 16, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 15, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 14, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 13, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 12, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 11, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 10, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 9, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 8, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 7, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 6, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
April 5, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
APRIL 4, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
APRIL 3, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
APRIL 2, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
APRIL 1, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
MARCH 31, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
MARCH 30, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
MARCH 29, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
MARCH 28, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
MARCH 27, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
MARCH 26, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.

Town residents, second home owners and visitors.

The Town is committed to adhering to the stringent guidelines necessary to help slow the spread of infection. There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in nearly all Eastern Shore Counties. With the rapid spread and stealth transmission of COVID-19, we are asking Town residents and visitors to review the precautions the Town has taken to prevent the spread, which are outlined below, and ask that you continue to follow the Orders of President Trump and Maryland Governor Hogan.

Per the CDC recommendation and Maryland Governor Hogan’s mandate on March 25, 2020:
Anyone visiting or returning to Maryland, who has recently spent time in New York or who has visited the Tri-State area (NY, NJ and CT) “must” quarantine in place and limit all contact with others for 14 days. (14 days from your arrival date)
March 25, 2020 – Attached please find Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
March 24, 2020 – Attached please find Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.

March 23, 2020-Non-Essential Businesses Ordered to Close, Relief for Businesses on the Horizon

Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order closing all non-essential businesses effective at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. At the same time, he announced a relief package designed to help businesses and expanded benefits for workers who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to a $50 million grant program that helps businesses with operating expenses, the Maryland Department of Commerce is also administering a $75 million emergency relief loan fund. An incentive fund for manufacturers willing to produce personal protective equipment was also announced.

Unlike many states, Maryland allows workers to apply for unemployment benefits immediately. The Maryland Department of Labor is also accepting applications for the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund that provides funds to help businesses with 500 or fewer employees.

Attached please find Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
Essential Business List CLICK HERE.

Message from the St. Michaels Town Office

Until we hear otherwise from the Governor’s office, beginning on Monday, March 23rd staffing at the Town Office will be reduced, but will allow for a continuance of service by calling 410-745-9535. The office will remain closed to the public. If the office is closed, office staff can be reached by calling 410-924-7618.

Police operations will continue as usual. If there is an emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, call the St. Michaels Police Department directly at 410-745-9500.

The Public Works Department will be working to maintain essential services in the town, including daily water quality monitoring, as usual. Trash pickup will also be as usual on Tuesday with brush pickup on Wednesday.

March 22, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
March 21, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
March 20, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
March 19, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
March 18, 2020 – Talbot County local agency updates. CLICK HERE.
March 17, 2020 – Emergency Declaration for Talbot County in response to COVID-19 as adopted by the Talbot County Council at today’s emergency meeting.
CLICK HERE.

March 16, 2020 – Closures in St. Michaels 
In a recent press conference this morning, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the shutdown of all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms in Maryland, effective at 5 p.m., to slow the spread of the coronavirus. While closing restaurants, Hogan’s order would allow drive-thru, carryout and food delivery service to continue. Please check with local restaurants to see if carry-out is an option. We encourage support of local businesses whenever possible.

With Maryland under a state of emergency, Governor Hogan had previously prohibited large gatherings and events of more than 250 people. That was in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. But the CDC has since recommended that events with 50 or more people be canceled or postponed. Governor Hogan ordered Maryland to follow suit. The order limiting gatherings to 50 people applies to social, community, religious and recreational or sports activities.

Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential services can remain open.

Please feel free to contact us at 410-745-9535. For a list of staff email addresses, click HERE.

For Public Works concerns, call (410) 745-5147.
In case of emergency, contact St. Michaels Police Department at 410-745-5000 or call 911.

March 13, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Easton, MD – Talbot County has convened an Operational Working Group made up of officials from the Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Emergency Services, Talbot County Government, Talbot County’s towns, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, and law enforcement agencies. This group is monitoring this evolving situation closely and will release information each week day to share any updates affecting the citizens of Talbot County.

Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and a catastrophic health emergency to help control and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state of Maryland. On March 12, he issued an executive order banning all public gatherings of 250 people or more and recommended social distancing in smaller gatherings. He also activated the National Guard into a heightened state of active duty to carry out any necessary emergency functions.

“We are following the lead of Governor Hogan on this issue and are taking proactive and reasonable measures to protect our citizens,” says Talbot County Council President Corey Pack. “We know this is a difficult time for our community, but we must all do our part for the good of Talbot County and all of our people.”

The Operational Working Group for this emerging infectious disease is a modified group of the county’s Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) that typically convenes in emergency situations, says Clay Stamp, Talbot County’s Director of Emergency Services and Assistant County Manager. In addition, a private sector group has also been convened to address issues affecting the business community.

“Talbot County utilizes its close partnerships among agencies on a daily basis to make sure that residents are safe and aware of what is happening around us,” Stamp says. “The coordinated decisions we are making and strategies we are using moving forward are in the best interest of the community. A prepared community is a safe community.”

Though Maryland currently has 15 confirmed cases, there are no confirmed cases in Talbot County at this time. Officials are attempting to strike a balance between overreacting and underreacting, while also making sure that their actions are reasonable and prudent.

“Closures and cancellations are designed to slow the spread of this virus,” says Talbot County Health Officer Dr. Fredia Wadley. “We are especially concerned about our senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems. We are taking the precautions necessary to protect all of our citizens.”

Following is a summary of the measures Talbot County has taken in response to this emerging situation.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Update
Enacted a Modified Visitor Policy, which was effective at 7 a.m. March 11, which states:
1. All visitors must check in at the designated entrance or front desk of any hospital or outpatient facility that they enter. For the three hospitals, the Emergency Departments are the designated entrance. All other entrances will be locked while the Modified Visitor Policy is in place.
2. No one under the age of 18 (except if the parent of a patient) is permitted to visit the hospital or any outpatient areas, including the waiting areas and common spaces.
3. Only 1 adult visitor is allowed per patient for all areas of the hospital and outpatient facilities.
4. Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms—runny nose, fever, cough—and are not permitted to visit the hospital if symptoms are present.
5. Visitors with international travel may not visit for 14 days after arrival into the U.S.
6. All support groups, meetings, classes and events scheduled in any hospital or outpatient facility have been cancelled until further notice.
7. All volunteers have been sent home until further notice.
8. All hospital gift shops located within the hospitals have been closed until further notice.
9. All employees are discouraged from traveling out of state until further notice.
10. All face-to-face meetings will be moved to be conducted via email or phone until further notice.
11. All work-related travel has been prohibited until further notice.
12. Non-essential staff are being given the tools to and are being encouraged to work from home until further notice.

Talbot County Department of Corrections
1. Essential court appearances will be conducted via video connection rather than physical transport.
2. All volunteer activities and programs provided by outside providers are cancelled until further notice.

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services
1. The Department of Emergency Services is currently inventorying equipment to ensure that staff is equipped with the proper personal protective equipment needed to work in a safe environment and respond to calls.
2. All 911 Dispatchers are following protocols to query calls to be sure that pertinent information is collected and relayed to the appropriate responding agency.
3. Emergency medical clinicians are taking steps to ensure that they and patients are protected and able to efficiently respond to calls.
4. Emergency Management is working to ensure our partners are engaged, communication lines are open, and we are able to receive resources needed in order to continue daily and essential operations.

Talbot County Free Library
1. The health and well-being of our community and staff is the Talbot County Free Library’s top priority.
2. Out of an abundance of caution, effective Saturday, March 14, the Talbot County Free Library will cancel all library public programming and outreach activities at both branches up to and including Friday, March 27.
3. In addition, the library is cancelling all story times at both branches through Wednesday, April 15.
4. Groups may still use our meeting rooms at this time and bookings for future reservations are still being taken.
5. Some computers will selectively be taken out of service to encourage social distancing.

Talbot County Health Department
Health Officer Dr. Fredia Wadley says, “People are asking why we doing all these closures and cancellations with only 15 cases in Maryland. These cautionary responses are intended to slow the spread of the virus so health care facilities don’t become overwhelmed.”
1. People with mild illness should stay at home and monitor their symptoms.
2. If you have symptoms and have concerns of exposure, call your primary care provider to discuss and receive instructions for care. If you have a known exposure and are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath that requires medical attention, call the hospital prior to arriving or notify the emergency medical services of your exposure.
3. Testing is not available at the health department at this time. Call your primary care provider for availability of testing.
4. People 60 and over or people with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems should avoid crowds, stay away from others who are sick, and stay home as much as possible.
5. If you have other questions or concerns, please call the Talbot County Health Department at 410-819-5600.

Talbot County Public Schools
Pursuant to the decision announced by State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon during Governor Hogan’s press conference, all Maryland public schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. At this time TCPS Staff is initiating the following:
1. Cleaning and disinfecting all buildings and buses.
2. Contacting parents to come into schools to pick up medications.
3. Working with Sodexo and CarePacks to set up meal distribution sites. CarePacks has also indicated they will utilize volunteers to deliver meals.
4. Ensuring that students in grades 6-12 take home laptops and chargers.
5. Assembling materials to be sent home with elementary students.
6. Forming strategies to provide work opportunities for staff who do not receive compensation when schools are closed.
“The decisions made concerning the handling of COVID-19 within TCPS will be consistent with our values – placing health and safety above all – and will represent our best judgement as we adapt to this rapidly changing situation,” said Dr. Kelly L. Griffith, Superintendent. “I appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we navigate this uncharted territory.”

Talbot County Senior Center
1. Talbot County Senior Centers are currently closed and will remain closed for all senior activities, as well as evening and weekend activities until further notice.
2. Meals on Wheels participants will continue to receive their scheduled delivery for the foreseeable future.
3. Those who are regular participants at daily lunch are also eligible to receive up to six meals per week until the Centers are reopened.
4. The Senior Center has limited capabilities to provide meals to anyone 60 years of age or older who does not fall into either of these categories. To determine your eligibility please contact Childlene R. Brooks, Manager of Brookletts Place at 410-822-2869, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
5. We will continue to monitor our Meals on Wheels clients and daily participants to determine their needs and health status.
6. If needed, our staff will provide home visits to any eligible senior who is not exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus.
Call the Talbot County Senior Center at (410) 822-2869 for more information. “ Our Public health officials tell us that senior citizens are more vulnerable to coronavirus, so we are taking this step to reduce their chances of infection and to keep them safe,” stated Gary Gunther, Executive Director, Upper Shore Aging Inc.

Talbot County Department of Social Services
1. Currently providing services as usual.
2. Clients are encouraged to consider using the DHS online portal when possible. To access the myDHR website, go to https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/.
“In keeping with the Governor’s encouragement of social distancing to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we encourage customers to consider using the DHS online portal (MyDHR) when possible to apply for benefits and consider whether their questions can be answered by phone,” says Director Linda Webb.

YMCA of the Chesapeake
1. All locations currently remain open.
2. Seniors and those with compromised immune systems should take active measures to protect their health.

MARCH 13, 2020 – PRESS RELEASE

Public Notice to the citizens and businesses in the Town of St. Michaels

On behalf of the Commissioners of St. Michaels, the Town of St. Michaels will be following the executive order issued by the Governor of Maryland which prohibits gatherings of people of 250 people or more. The Executive Order states in part “Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) of more than 250 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers.”

  • All permits for special events in St. Michaels anticipating more than 250 people have been cancelled until the State of Emergency has been lifted by Governor Hogan.
  • At this point the Town Office will remain open, please do not come to the office if you are unwell.

William Boos, President of the Commissioners of St. Michaels, stated, “the Town of St. Michaels follows the lead of the State of Maryland and of the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services (DES) during times of emergency and will continue to do so for the duration of the current Coronavirus situation.” For more information, contact Jean Weisman, Town Manager, at 410-745-9535.

By Authority of the Commissioners of St. Michaels

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Town of St. Michaels follows the lead of the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services (DES) during times of weather and other emergencies. Please read the information provided below regarding the current Coronavirus situation.

If you want to receive emergency information by text or email from the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services, register for the Talbot County Citizen Alert System online at:
https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387832213#/login

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Prepares for COVID-19

Easton, Maryland (February 28, 2020) – A novel coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since spread to 31 countries including the United States. As of February 27, 2020, there were 60 cases in the United States; all but one of those cases were related to international travel. Currently, the virus is not spreading in the community in the United States. There have been no cases in Maryland. The new coronavirus is named SARS-CoV-2 and produces a respiratory illness named COVID-19.

What You Need To Know
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common in many different species. There are many strains of coronavirus which affect humans, some of which cause mild illness such as the “common cold” and others cause more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that had not caused illness in humans before December 2019. The virus spreads from person to person in respiratory droplets (in coughs, sneezes, or regular breathing or talking), so close contact of six feet or less increases the risk of transmitting the infection. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Currently, individuals at risk of infection are people who:

  • Have recently traveled to ChinaHave close, personal contact with those recent travelers
  • Have close, personal contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19
  • The severity of illness can range from mild to severe respiratory difficulty and even death; some individuals may experience no symptoms. Most people recover from the infections, with close to 80% of those infected experiencing mild or moderate symptoms. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Elderly individuals and people with chronic illnesses have greater risk for severe illness. Examples of such chronic illnesses include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and conditions impacting the immune system’s ability to fight germs.
  • Current treatment for the disease, when needed, is supportive care to relieve symptoms. A subset of cases may need to be hospitalized.
  • There is a push for rapid vaccine development but no vaccine is available at this time. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus by taking everyday preventive precautions.

What You Can Do

The same precautions against the flu work for the coronavirus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds when the virus is known to be spreading.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough into your bent arm. Soiled tissues can transmit the flu or this virus, so dispose of the tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects in your home and at work.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

What is being done to be prepared at the federal and state level?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) are sending out updates daily and making preparations for controlling the spread of the virus.

  • All hospitals and healthcare providers are being educated about the disease and reminded of the precautions needed.
  • A test for the virus will hopefully be available to all state laboratories soon.
  • At this time the CDC is doing most of the testing.

What We Are Doing In Talbot County
Talbot County Department of Emergency Services and the Talbot County Health Department are being briefed and updated daily from state and federal partners as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are together reviewing our plans, staffing needs, and supplies on a regular basis, as well as planning for future supply and equipment needs. The Health Department is in constant contact with hospitals and local providers and Emergency Services has implemented protocols to assess 911 callers and patients we come in contact with. We are, as always, making sure our staff and community are practicing good hygiene and safe handling of sick patients.

Talbot County Health Officer, Dr. Fredia Wadley states, “While we should be concerned about a new virus spreading in the United States, we should also recognize that a lot of things are being planned to deal with any spread that may occur. There is no reason to panic and every reason to use common sense about how to protect yourself from any virus whether influenza or coronavirus. ”

“Talbot County utilizes its close partnerships amongst agencies on a daily basis to make sure that residents are safe and aware of what is happening around us. We will continue to collect information as it pertains to this virus and make sure our agencies and residents are informed and prepared. A prepared community is a safe community,” says Clay Stamp, Assistant County Manager and Director of Emergency Services.

Where to Find More Information
CDC COVID-2019 Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Maryland Department of Health Website: https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx
Talbot County Health Department Website: https://health.maryland.gov/talbotcounty/Pages/home.aspx
Talbot County Health Department Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalbotHealthMaryland/
Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Website: http://www.talbotdes.org/default.asp
Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talbotdes

For questions, contact Liz Whitby at 410-819-5600 or Elizabeth.whitby@maryland.gov or Geneva Harrison at 410-770-8160 or gharrison@talbotcountymd.gov.

By Authority of The Commissioners of St. Michaels

OPEN ST. MICHAELS BUSINESSES

Please support St. Michaels businesses, practice social distancing, wash hands, and stay in communications with friends and neighbors who may be in need. We will report as much information as we are able on this page in order to support our local businesses and provide service information to residents.

We are thinking about all of you and hope we all stay well.

OUTSIDE DINING, CARRY-OUT, DELIVERY AND CURBSIDE PICKUP OPTIONS

208 Talbot, 410-745-3838, www.208talbot.com
Please call ahead for carry-out! Pick up 4:30-7:30pm Friday & Saturday. Menu available on our website.

Ava’s Pizzeria, 410-745-3018, www.avaspizzeria.com
Outside seating in our backyard! Order online for curbside pick-up 12-8 daily.

Awful Arthur’s, 410-745-3473, www.awfularthursusa.com
Open seven days a week serving breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on premises. Carry out also available. Sun-Thurs 8am til 9pm. Fri and Sat 8 am til 10 pm. Visit our website for menu HERE.

Blue Crab Coffee, 410-745-4155
Now open daily from 8am-2pm. Orders can be placed anytime for a scheduled pickup between 8AM and 2PM. We are encouraging online ordering to minimize contact and have made the website very simple to order. Please maintain 6′ social distancing and wear a mask at pickup. Click HERE to order online. If you have problems ordering online, email us HERE

Blue Heron Coffee, www.blueheroncoffee.com
Our patio is open and ready for you!

Crab Claw, 410-745-2900, www.thecrabclaw.com
Casual landmark crab shack offering regional seafood. Open daily at 11 for outdoor seating with full menu and carry-out. Patrons are encouraged to make a reservation.

Eastern Shore Brewing, 410-745-8010, www.easternshorebrewing.com
Open with outdoor seating! Sun/Wed/Thur 12-3 and Fri/Sat 12-6 for packaged beer. Or you can call 410-924-8295 outside of those hours and Stewart will fill your order!

Foxy’s Harbor Grille, 410-745-4340, www.foxysharborgrille.com
Newly expanded! Open Thur 4-8, Fri/Sat 12-8, Sun 12-6 for carryout. Order HERE. Open with outside seating!

The Galley, 410-200-8572, thegalleystmichaels.com
We are open for outdoor dining. Open for carry-out Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 12:30 pm. HERE. Purchase a gift card, our custom Galley t-shirts, and join our Coral Plate Club, too. We are also offering our dinner menu items Monday through Friday. All dinner orders must be ordered via the phone and placed by 1:00 pm for pick up the same day between 5:00-5:30 pm All orders can be picked up at our safe carry-out window in our rear parking lot. No exchange of cash or credit cards, payments must be paid online.

Gina’s Cafe, 410-745-6400, Menu on Facebook
Open for patio seating! Curbside Carry out menu. Fri-Sun 12-8. Mon. 12-til we’re done.

Gluten Free Bakery Girl, 410-693-1153, www.glutenfreebakerygirl.com
Open Fri. 9–4, Sat. 9–5, Sun. 11–3

Gourmet by the Bay, 410-745-6260, www.gourmetbythebay.net
Call in order, pay over the phone, pick up curbside. Open Tues.-Sat. 10-5 (until further notice). Now offering delivery in St. Michaels and Easton. Customers can sign up for the mailing list on our website. Menus are also posted on our FaceBook page daily.

Graul’s Market, 410-745-3537, www.graulsmarket.com
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 7am-7pm; Sun. 8am-5pm

Great Shoals Winery, 443-786-0965
Open Saturday from 12-6 and Sunday 12-4 for bottle sales only.

Hammy’s Hide Out Burgers, 410-745-2106, www.theossteakhouse.com
Hammy’s is taking a short break to get settled into it’s forever home located at 209 S. Talbot St., stay tuned for details!

Harrison’s Harbour Lights, 410-745-9001, www.harbourinn.com
Open for outside dining and dockside and curbside carry-out.

Lyon Rum and Gray Wolf Spirits, 443-333-9181, Lyonrum.com
Although the tasting room remains closed, home delivery for spirits is now allowed (per governor’s order) across Maryland, as is curbside pickup at the distillery via this LINK.

NEW INFORMATION! Windon Distilling, Lyon Rum & Gray Wolf Spirits
For the last six weeks Windon Distilling in Saint Michaels has devoted all operations at the distillery to the production and distribution of hand sanitizer. A joint collaboration between Lyon Rum & Gray Wolf Spirits, this project was undertaken in response to the urgent needs of local county and state agencies, as well as essential personnel. In accordance with FDA guidelines, the distillery is producing the World Health Organization formulated 80% Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer. One-gallon containers are now available for both business and individual purchase, contact Jaime Windon at hello@lyonrum.com or 443.333.9181.

Simpatico, 410-745-0345, www.simpaticostmichaels.com
Carry-out wine and grocery items – cheese, meats, pastas, etc. Call for delivery.

Skipjack’s St. Michaels, 410-745-8020, open Open daily with inside dining. Mon-Thurs 11-8, Fri. 11-9, Sat 10-9, Sun 10-8. Desserts, gelato, illy coffee & espresso based drinks, Dammann Freres tea. Online gift cards HERE.

Sprout, 443-223-0642, www.eatsprout.com
Outdoor seating and carry-out. Plenty of cold drinks, smoothies and chilled wraps. Text ordering, free home delivery on Tues & Fri, and curbside pick-up.

St. Michaels Crab & Steak, 410-745-3737,www.stmichaelscrabhouse.com
Open for patio service! For current menu options and hours, please visit our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Theo’s Steakhouse, 410-745-2106, www.theossteakhouse.com
Outside seating in our backyard (reservations recommended) or take home your favorites! Menu on our website.

Two if By Sea, 410-886-2447, www.twoifbysearestaurant.net
Carry-out service Fri. Sat. and Sun. 8-1. Free delivery to Tilghman.

Wylder (Tickler’s Restaurant), 410-886-2121, www.wylderhotels.com
Call us for curbside pickup with a smile. Wed.- Sun. 4pm-8pm.
Chef Jordan is featuring some of your Tickler’s favorites as well as Cocktails To-Go.

Village Shop, 410-745-9300
Operating on their regular days and times, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Sat.

FREE FOOD AVAILABILITY AND DONATION INFO

Food available for Children
Free breakfast and lunch is available for children ages 2-18 from 9-11 a.m. at the St. Michaels Middle High School at 200 Seymour Avenue and at the St. Michaels Police Department at 100 Fremont Street.

St. Michaels Community Center
Bags and take-out meals will be provide for as long as food is available. Donations of gift cards from BJ’s, grocery stores, Walmart, or checks can be sent to: SMCC, P.O. Box 354, St. Michaels, MD 21663
Food support update:
SMCC is offering delivery service with our Blue bus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from all food pantry locations in the Bay Hundred Area during this crisis. We just need to schedule a pick-up time and collect a list of individuals with addresses who need grocery deliveries. Call 410-745-6073 or email Trish@stmichaelscc.org.
They also are providing take-out meals and grocery pick-up from the Center to those in need as follows:
Monday, take-out meals and grocery bag pick-up from 5-7 pm
Wednesday, take-out meals and grocery bag pick-up from 3-5 pm
Friday, take-out meals and grocery bag pick-up-from 11-3 pm.
They are also asking anyone wanting to help out to drop off non-perishables or financial donations at the St. Michaels Community Center, the St. Michaels Police Dept., YMCA and area churches.
The Food Pantry at Christ Church St. Michaels is open with hours of operation on Monday 9-11 a.m. and Thursday 1-3 p.m.

BUSINESSES ARE OPEN

Aida’s Victoriana Inn, 410-745-3368, www.victorianainn.com
We are reopened and looking forward to welcoming you! We are being careful and taking a few new measures to insure everyone’s safety.
Call us or visit us online to book your stay.

American Holiday, 410-690-3150
Life is Entertaining™ at American/Holiday. Indoor and outdoor home accessories and decor.

AH Home, 410-690-3156
Life is Entertaining™ at American/Holiday. Indoor and outdoor home accessories and decor.

Antiques on Talbot, 410-745-5208, antiquesontalbot.com
Wonderful quaint Antique store offering eastern shore antiquities for the discerning buyer.

Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, 410-745-3107 www.cbostyle.com Stylish and classic women’s and men’s clothing, footwear, and accessories, with an understated resort vibe. Also, available online 24/7.

Chesapeake Trading Co., (410) 745-9797
Casual chic women’s & men’s apparel, jewelry and home goods to current books and music. Open daily from 10-5 (or 6)

Classic Motor Museum, 410-745-8979, www.classicmotormuseum.org
Exhibit barn is open this Friday, June 26th! New to exhibit are a Bel Air, Austin Healy, 1935 Ford and a Dino Ferrari. Summer hours Thurs-Sun 11-4. Cars & Coffee on Saturdays from 9-11.

DBS Jewelers, 410-745-2626, www.dbsjewelers.com
Designer jewelry collections in gold and precious gemstones, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and nautical themed pieces.

Dr. Dodson House Bed & Breakfast, 410-745-3691, www.drdodsonhouse.com
Reopening on weekends only for now. Two night minimum required. Visit our new website and reserve online or call us.

Higgins Yacht Yard, 410-745-9303 www.higginsyachtyard.com
Open for business 7:30-4:00, however the buildings are restricted to employees only. Contact our office by phone or email at info@higginsyachtyard.com with inquiries, reservations, or requests.

Guilford & Company, 410-745-5544, www.guilfordandcompany.com
Fine jewelry. Antique and estate. Open daily from 11-5.

Hopkins Original Art, 410-610-5785, www.hopkinsoriginalart.com
Modern art in Historic St. Michaels. Online sales and gift cards available, too.

Log Canoe Inn, formerly the Two Swan Inn, 410-745-2929, www.logcanoeinn.com or www.twoswaninn.com
We have reopened and are welcoming back our guests! Updated cleaning protocols and three rooms with completely private entrances ensure a safe and contact-free stay! A waterfront view in every room. Call or email us today to book your getaway!

Knotty Living, 410-690-3400
Curated collection of chic and designer clothing and accessories in St. Michaels for the ultra fashionable woman.

Lumberyard, (410) 745-2533, www.thelumberyardinc.com
Open regular hours, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Curbside and delivery services available.

Ophiuroidea “The O”, 410-745-8075, www.ophiuroidea.com
Now Open! Or shop 24/7 on our website for coastal inspired clothing & jewelry, unique handcrafted coastal items, gifts and so much more!

Pemberton Pharmacy & Gift St Michaels, 410-745-8382, www.pembertonpharmacy.com
Open and filling prescriptions. Our hours during this emergency will be 9-6 Mon-Fri and 9-2 Sat.

Pizazzz, 410-745-2100, www.pizazzz.com
An accessory boutique specializing in bringing “pizazz” to your wardrobe at prices you will love.

Preppy Redneck, 410-746-8072
One-of-a-kind trinkets, treasures and gifts hand-crafted by local artists. Follow us on Facebook.

Shore Pedal and Paddle, 410-745-2320, www.shorepedalandpaddle.com
Conducting no contact retail sales of kayaks & paddleboards with free in county delivery and providing no contact rentals for kayaks, paddleboards & bicycles by appointment. shorepedalandpaddle@gmail.com

St. Michaels Inn, 410-745-3333, www.stmichaels-inn.com
St Michaels Inn…93 clean comfortable guest rooms open for overnight stays. Call us today!

St. Michaels Pet Supplies, 410-745-5257, www.stmichaelspetsupplies.com
Open this week Noon – 3pm Tuesday & Thursday, March 24th & 26th. Our schedule for the following week(s) will be announced based on confirmation of our next food delivery dates. Suggest that you call ahead to check food availability as we currently have some outages.

Silver Linings, 410-745-0266, www.silverliningsmd.com
Sterling silver and gemstone jewelry. Our website is open 24/7.

TriCycle & Run, 410-745-2836, www.tricycleandrun.com
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 to 5. Sunday 10 to 2. Mainly for bike repairs. We come outside and meet every customer at the front to limit exposure.

Wades Point Inn, 410-745-2500, www.wadespoint.com
We are open!

BUSINESSES ARE OPEN

Patriot Cruises, 410-745-3100, patriotcruises.com
Weekend cruises starting June 6th. Masks required.!

“Cars & Coffee”at the Classic Motor Museum, 410-745-8979, www.classicmotormuseum.org
We are excited to announce that the Classic Motor Museum will be holding the first Cars & Coffee of the season starting this Saturday May 30th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. While the Museum will be closed, the campus outside area will be open for the Cars & Coffee event. We are taking a measured approach in how we operate to ensure the safety of our visitors.

BUSINESSES WITH ONLINE SALES AND GIFT CARDS

The Bistro, 410-745-9111, bistrostmichaels.com
Bistro is closed for now, but gift cards can be purchased for future use on our website or reach out to us personally at inquiries@bistrostmichaels! We hope to see you soon!

Studio at Pixel Print & Post
Operating remotely. Still designing, printing, and mailing. Call 410.745.0600 or email shop@pixelprintpost.com.

OPEN SERVICE BUSINESSES

Higgins & Spencer’s, 410-745-5192, (Emergencies 410-310-4026)
Appliance department is operating and will do our best to accommodate customers. We are available by phone, but with reduced staffing, you may have to leave a message, but know we will get back to you ASAP. Open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm temporarily.

If you develop options for carry-out, curbside pick-up or delivery, or if you are open for business and would like to be added to this list, please let me know. Contact Kimberly Weller at the St. Michaels Town Office 410-745-9535, kweller@stmichaelsmd.gov.

Back Creek/Watermen’s Pier Renovation Plans

Back Creek PierThe Town of St. Michaels are in the process of improving the pier at Back Creek/Watermen’s Park. Click on image for a printable version.

2020 Maryland Census

The 2020 Maryland Census will start in Mid-March when you will receive a postcard with instructions for completing the census on-line, by mail or by phone through the month of April. Click on the flyer below to print information about upcoming Census.

2020 Maryland Census2020 CENSUS FAQ

What is the census? The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.

What’s in it for me? Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Is my information safe? Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

When can I respond to the census? In early 2020, every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.

What will I be asked? You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.

What won’t be asked? The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties. For more information, visit: 2020CENSUS.GOV

For a sample questionnaire to prepare for the census, click HERE.

For more information about the 2020 Maryland Census, click (in English) HERE, en Español HERE.

Sewer Rehabilitation Work

The Talbot County Department of Public Works will be resuming the Sewer Rehabilitation Project in the next few weeks in order to make improvements to the existing sewer system. This rehabilitation work is necessary to improve the sanitary sewer system serving your area, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Construction activities could be scheduled in your neighborhood on multiple days for the remainder of the year, typically between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Notifications should be placed on your door 1-2 days prior of any work directly affecting your property.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience while the sewer system improvements are in progress and will do our best to complete the work as expeditiously as possible.

We also ask that you follow any “No Parking” signs to allow our trucks to enter and exit construction locations efficiently.

Ken McFadden
Rauch Inc.
Construction Manager
Cell: 410.365.3741

2019 Water Quality Report

The Town of St. Michaels is pleased to announce that we have the results of the 2019 annual drinking water report. The report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the Town delivers every day.

A copy of this report will be published in the Star Democrat on June 26, 2020, and is also available at the St. Michaels Town Office, 300 Mill Street, St. Michaels during normal business hours, posted at the St. Michaels Post Office and on the Town website www.stmichaelsmd.gov. Please call the Town Office at 410.745.9535 if you require any additional information.

By Authority of The Commissioners of St. Michaels

Water Quality Report for 2019

July 14, 4 p.m.—Virtual Waterways Management Advisory Board

The Waterways Management Advisory Board (Panel) meets the second Tuesday of the month (at least once a year) at the request of the Commissioners or the Planning Commission. Meetings are held at the Town Office at 300 Mill Street. Public is encouraged to join meeting.

By Authority of the Commissioners of St. Michaels