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Governor and First Lady to Host “Virginia Graduates Together” Honoring Class of 2020; Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations; City Announces Cancellation of Events Through July 5

Governor and First Lady Northam to Host “Virginia Graduates Together” Honoring Class of 2020

May 28, 2020

Broadcast and streaming event on Friday, May 29 at 5:00 PM will include special guests, recognize accomplishments of graduates. Virginians across the Commonwealth are invited to join Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in honoring the remarkable achievements of the class of 2020 during a statewide virtual celebration at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 29. The broadcast and streaming event, “Virginia Graduates Together,” is produced by Virginia Public Media (VPM) in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education, and will be distributed by public television stations throughout Virginia.


City Announces Cancellation of Events Through July 5

May 26, 2020

​To comply with Governor Northam's executive orders and help keep Virginia Beach safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following 2020 events have been canceled:

  • Fourth of July Fireworks at both the Oceanfront and Mount Trashmore Park locations
  • Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival, which was scheduled to take place May 29-June 23
  • Party at the Pier, sponsored by Siebert Realty, which was scheduled for June 19 at Little Island Park and Fishing Pier


Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations

May 26, 2020

Face coverings required in public settings starting Friday, May 29

Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also directed the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19.

Governor Northam also signed an amended Executive Order Fifty-One, extending Virginia’s state of emergency declaration.

  • Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations

    May 26, 2020

    Face coverings required in public settings starting Friday, May 29

    Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also directed the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19.

    Governor Northam also signed an amended Executive Order Fifty-One, extending Virginia’s state of emergency declaration.

    The new executive order supports previous actions the Governor has taken to respond to COVID-19 in Virginia, and ensures workers and consumers are protected as the Commonwealth gradually eases public health restrictions. The Governor’s statewide requirement for wearing face coverings is grounded in science and data, including recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that individuals should wear face coverings in public settings. Face coverings do not take the place of public health guidelines to maintain six feet of physical distancing, increase cleaning and sanitation, and wash hands regularly.

    “We are making progress to contain the spread of COVID-19 and now is not the time for Virginians to get complacent,” said Governor Northam. “Science shows that face coverings are an effective way to prevent transmission of the virus, but wearing them is also a sign of respect. This is about doing the right thing to protect the people around us and keep everyone safe, especially as we continue to slowly lift public health restrictions in our Commonwealth.”

    A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana. Medical-grade masks and personal protective equipment should be reserved for health care professionals. Under the Governor’s executive order, any person age ten and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time in the following public settings:

    • Personal care and grooming businesses
    • Essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
    • Food and beverage establishments
    • Entertainment or public amusement establishments when permitted to open
    • Train stations, bus stations, and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
    • State and local government buildings and areas where the public accesses services
    • Any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes

    The Governor is also directing the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards for occupational safety that will protect employees from the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces. These occupational safety standards will require the approval by vote of the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board and must address personal protective equipment, sanitation, record-keeping of incidents, and hazard communication. Upon approval, the Department of Labor and Industry will be able to enforce the standards through civil penalties and business closures.

    The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five is available here.

    The text of amended Executive Order Fifty-One is available here.

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  • City Announces Cancellation of Events Through July 5 - Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • City Announces Cancellation of Events Through July 5

    May 26, 2020

    ​To comply with Governor Northam's executive orders and help keep Virginia Beach safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following 2020 events have been canceled:

    • Fourth of July Fireworks at both the Oceanfront and Mount Trashmore Park locations
    • Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival, which was scheduled to take place May 29-June 23
    • Party at the Pier, sponsored by Siebert Realty, which was scheduled for June 19 at Little Island Park and Fishing Pier

    During Forward Virginia Phase II reopenings, which may be in place as long as we continue to make progress on reducing the spread of the virus, crowds are limited to no more than 50 people.

    "We are disappointed that these signature events must be canceled this year," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "However, the health and safety of people who live, work and play in Virginia Beach is a top priority. We all play a part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19."

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle Services Suspended this Summer - Friday, May 22, 2020
  • VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle Services Suspended this Summer

    May 22, 2020

    ​The VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle services (Routes 30, 31, and 35) scheduled to start Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 have been suspended this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The suspension of the seasonal services was in part due to Governor Northam's Forward Virginia Phase One guidelines and to safely reopen the beaches.

    There have been other transit service changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are designed to continue essential service to all six cities for transit riders.

    Citizens are encouraged to continue using transit for essential trips, remember to maintain social distance, and exit from the rear of the bus. More information regarding transit service changes due to COVID-19 impacts can be found at the Hampton Roads Transit website: www.gohrt.com.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • City of Virginia Beach Memorial Day Operating Schedule; Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22; Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open - Friday, May 22, 2020
  • City of Virginia Beach Memorial Day Operating Schedule; Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22; Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open

    VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle Services Suspended this Summer

    May 22, 2020

    ​The VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle services (Routes 30, 31, and 35) scheduled to start Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 have been suspended this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The suspension of the seasonal services was in part due to Governor Northam's Forward Virginia Phase One guidelines and to safely reopen the beaches.

    City of Virginia Beach Memorial Day Operating Schedule Monday, May 25, 2020

    May 22, 2020

    For a list of which City facilities are open and which are closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, click the link above.

    For information regarding city services and information, contact VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 within the city limits or visit www.vbgov.com for online assistance.


    Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22

    May 21, 2020

    New dog park will open; Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility is reinstating fees. Virginia Beach beaches aren't the only City facilities reopening tomorrow. Dog parks, skate parks and tennis/pickleball courts will also reopen.

    "We have been looking forward to this day since the day we had to close these popular facilities and hope it won't be long before we can bring basketball and volleyball courts back online again, as well," said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kirschman.


    Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open

    May 19, 2020

    Governor Northam Allows Virginia Beach to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22

    Exercising along Virginia Beach’s ocean and bayfront beaches is still allowed, of course. But just in time for the Memorial Day weekend—and a forecast of better weather—people will be able to take their chairs, umbrellas and beach towels and just relax, if that’s their preference.

  • City of Virginia Beach Memorial Day Operating Schedule Monday, May 25, 2020 - Friday, May 22, 2020
  • City of Virginia Beach Memorial Day Operating Schedule Monday, May 25, 2020

    May 22, 2020

    The following Virginia Beach facilities will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day:

    • All City of Virginia Beach offices and facilities
    • Virginia Beach Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts and clerk's offices and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
    • VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle services (Routes 30, 31, and 35) scheduled to start Memorial Day have been suspended this summer due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
    • Virginia Beach City Landfill & Resource Recovery Center
    • Visitor Center – Chesapeake Bay Center at First Landing
    • Visitor Information Center – Parks Avenue
    • Visitor Center Kiosks (17th & 24th streets) – closed until further notice

    The following facilities will be open to the public on Monday, May 25.

    • All Virginia Beach city parks, dog parks, skate parks and tennis courts with restrictions: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      • Please remember to abide by the Governor's executive order, anyone using the parks must be maintain 6-feet of social distancing, refrain from being in groups of more than 10, and adhere to all facility/amenity closures. Please be aware that park benches, picnic tables, and other equipment are not sanitized so guests are strongly encouraged to exercise caution and should follow CDC guidelines for handwashing, etc.
    • Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (By Appointment Only)
    • Virginia Beach Farmers Market Office Closed - Merchants Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    For information regarding city services and information, contact VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 within the city limits or visit www.vbgov.com for online assistance.

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  • Reopening Beaches in Virginia Beach This Weekend - Media Briefing; Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22; Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open - Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • Reopening Beaches in Virginia Beach This Weekend - Media Briefing; Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22; Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open

    Opening Beaches This Weekend - Media Briefing/Availability on City’s Plans to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22

    WHAT: Reopening Beaches in Virginia Beach - Media Briefing/Availability/Interviews/Shadowing

    Briefing on City's plans for opening beaches, including roles of Beach Ambassadors and Clean Teams; explain expectations and restrictions; provide opportunities to interview local business owners and visitors and shadow an Ambassador as they begin their work.

    WHO: Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer, Mayor and Ron Williams, Deputy City Manager

    Available: Representatives of IMGoing, the company developing and managing the Beach Ambassador, Clean Team and visitor education components, local business owners, Beach Ambassador

    WHEN: Friday, May 22, 2020, 1 p.m.

    WHERE: The Attic at Waterman’s, 415 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach

    Parking available in lot at 5th St. and Pacific Ave. If you have equipment to unload, you can park in the lot in front of the restaurant and either move your vehicle to the other lot or you can leave it if you will leave your keys with the valet.

    Because of weather, we will be inside for the briefing; we will provide for physical distancing. Face coverings encouraged.


    Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22

    May 21, 2020

    New dog park will open; Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility is reinstating fees. Virginia Beach beaches aren't the only City facilities reopening tomorrow. Dog parks, skate parks and tennis/pickleball courts will also reopen.

    "We have been looking forward to this day since the day we had to close these popular facilities and hope it won't be long before we can bring basketball and volleyball courts back online again, as well," said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kirschman.


    Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open

    May 19, 2020

    Governor Northam Allows Virginia Beach to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22

    Exercising along Virginia Beach’s ocean and bayfront beaches is still allowed, of course. But just in time for the Memorial Day weekend—and a forecast of better weather—people will be able to take their chairs, umbrellas and beach towels and just relax, if that’s their preference.

  • Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22 - Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • Parks & Recreation Amenities to Reopen May 22

    May 21, 2020

    New dog park will open; Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility is reinstating fees

    Virginia Beach beaches aren't the only City facilities reopening tomorrow. Dog parks, skate parks and tennis/pickleball courts will also reopen.

    "We have been looking forward to this day since the day we had to close these popular facilities and hope it won't be long before we can bring basketball and volleyball courts back online again, as well," said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kirschman.

    • Dog parks and skate parks will reopen with operating hours between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Facilities will be monitored by Parks & Rec staff who will be enforcing a limit of 10 people at a time. CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing and other protective measures should be followed.

      As part of this opening, residents will also have access to the City's newest dog park located at Salem Woods Park, 1525 Salem Road. The 75,000-square-foot dog park is divided into two-sections to accommodate large and small dogs.
    • Tennis/Pickleball courts will also reopen on Friday, May 22. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is asking that players only play with members of their own household; keep to four people or less per court; and wait outside of the fencing to minimize contact with others. Additionally, players should avoid contact with others' equipment, including balls. Courts are open for recreational, non-league play only.

    Also, the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility will be reinstating fees for boat launching and car parking effective Friday, May 22. To limit contact between customers and staff, fee transactions will be contactless and payment by credit/debit card is required at this time. Customers and visitors should continue to maintain six-foot social distancing and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more. Beach users also must comply with posted COVID-19 beach regulations.

    For more information, view the updated FAQ at emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus.

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  • Opening Beaches This Weekend - Media Briefing/Availability on City’s Plans to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22 - Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • Opening Beaches This Weekend - Media Briefing/Availability on City’s Plans to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22

    May 21, 2020

    WHAT: Reopening Beaches in Virginia Beach - Media Briefing/Availability/Interviews/Shadowing

    Briefing on City's plans for opening beaches, including roles of Beach Ambassadors and Clean Teams; explain expectations and restrictions; provide opportunities to interview local business owners and visitors and shadow an Ambassador as they begin their work.


    WHO: Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer, Mayor and Ron Williams, Deputy City Manager

    Available: Representatives of IMGoing, the company developing and managing the Beach Ambassador, Clean Team and visitor education components, local business owners, Beach Ambassador


    WHEN: Friday, May 22, 2020, 1 p.m.


    WHERE: The Attic at Waterman’s, 415 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach

    Parking available in lot at 5th St. and Pacific Ave. If you have equipment to unload, you can park in the lot in front of the restaurant and either move your vehicle to the other lot or you can leave it if you will leave your keys with the valet.

    Because of weather, we will be inside for the briefing; we will provide for physical distancing. Face coverings encouraged.

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  • Governor Northam Highlights New Housing Resources and Eviction Protections - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Governor Northam Highlights New Housing Resources and Eviction Protections

    May 19, 2020

    New laws cap late fees and protect renters during emergencies, $12 million to help non-profit housing organization.

    Governor Ralph Northam today shared new resources to protect Virginians from eviction and support individuals who have lost their job or income due to COVID-19.

    These tools include StayHomeVirginia.com, a new website to help Virginians navigate housing programs, services, and resources. The website offers guidance on working with landlords, financial institutions, and other organizations to use eviction and foreclosure protections during this health crisis. Resources include relief for private mortgage holders, multifamily complexes, and tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “This public health crisis has created unprecedented housing challenges, regardless of whether you rent or own a home,” said Governor Northam. “Right now, many Virginians are struggling to make next month’s rent or mortgage payments amid a loss in wages due to the pandemic. These resources will help Virginians get the information they need to make decisions, and ensure they have access to a safe, stable, and affordable place to live.”

    The new tools were developed in partnership with the Virginia Housing Development Authority, the Commonwealth’s housing financing agency. Virginia Housing has also committed $12 million to help non-profit housing organizations continue operations and deliver services during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery. This funding will support more than 200 non-profit housing entities across all regions of the Commonwealth. The Northam administration has also worked with Virginia Housing to provide a three-month mortgage deferral for those experiencing economic hardship. Landlords who have had their Virginia Housing-backed mortgage deferred must pass this deferral on to their tenants.

    Governor Northam also signed two important bills approved by the General Assembly during the reconvened session on April 22 that included his proposed amendments to provide relief to tenants and mortgage holders.

    Capping late fees on rent. House Bill 1420 caps late fees at 10 percent of the periodic rent or 10 percent of the remaining balance due, whichever is lesser. This new law will help prevent cascading late fees, allow charges only on the amount due, and set a maximum late fee percentage for the first time in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Delegate Jeffrey Bourne sponsored this measure.

    Protecting tenants from eviction during emergencies. House Bill 340 delays rental evictions or mortgage foreclosures for individuals who are not currently covered under the protections offered through the federal CARES Act or state and local protections. Under this new law, a tenant may receive a 60-day continuance of an eviction proceeding from a court if they appear in court and provide written evidence that they are not receiving payments or wages due to the state of emergency declared by the Governor. Additionally, homeowners or landlords that rent one, four, or multifamily units in the Commonwealth can pause a foreclosure proceeding for 30 days if the individual provides their lender with written evidence showing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delegate Marcia C. Price sponsored this measure.

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  • Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Visit the Beaches This Weekend…. We’re Open

    May 19, 2020

    Governor Northam Allows Virginia Beach to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22

    Exercising along Virginia Beach’s ocean and bayfront beaches is still allowed, of course. But just in time for the Memorial Day weekend—and a forecast of better weather—people will be able to take their chairs, umbrellas and beach towels and just relax, if that’s their preference.

    Governor Ralph Northam on Monday announced that Virginia Beach can open its beaches to recreational activity because he was satisfied with the comprehensive plan the City developed to maintain safety and social/physical distancing. The City’s plan includes enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces, educating guests on how they can enjoy the beach with social/physical distancing and enforcing regulations through interaction with Virginia Beach beach ambassadors.

    However, some restrictions remain. Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55 requires individuals to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family members. Executive Order #61 prohibits all public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals. Additional prohibitions to support distancing will be enforced and posted at each beach access. The COVID-19 Beach Regulations include:

    • Keep six feet apart unless family
    • No groups of more than 10 people
    • No speakers
    • No large coolers
    • No alcohol
    • No tents OR groups of umbrellas
    • No group sports (volleyball, football, Frisbee, etc)

    In addition, no entertainment or programming that generate mass gatherings will be permitted. Public parking garages and surface lots will be limited to 50% capacity. All beach playsets will remain closed. Existing City ordinances already apply to some of these activities in the resort area. Governor Northam stated that he would not hesitate to reinstate additional restrictions or close beaches if people do not follow the rules. For more information about local ordinances, visit: https://library.municode.com/v...

    “Our city is committed to opening our beaches in a way that’s safe for our residents, visitors and the thousands of frontline staff who bring the beaches to life,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer, who was invited to participate in Monday’s news conference with the Governor. “We must not take this opportunity for granted. It’s up to each of us to be safe and proactive when visiting our beaches. Whether you want to exercise, take advantage of the mental health benefits the ocean and fresh air provides, or enjoy a relaxing day with family or friends, we look forward to having people back to the beach—at a distance of at least six feet. Since we have 28 miles of ocean and bay beaches, there’s plenty of room to spread out,” Mayor Dyer said.

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  • Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings; Governor Delays Phase One for Accomack County and the City of Richmond; Governor Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing in Two Federally-Run Detention Facilities - Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings; Governor Delays Phase One for Accomack County and the City of Richmond; Governor Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing in Two Federally-Run Detention Facilities

    Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings

    May 15, 2020

    ​Like much of the rest of the state, Virginia Beach is preparing for today's Phase I reopenings as outlined in the Governor's Forward Virginia plan. Many aspects of Phase I remain unchanged from what has been in place for the last several weeks. However, increased activity is being allowed in several key areas.


    Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Accomack County and the City of Richmond

    May 14, 2020

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Accomack County and the City of Richmond would delay implementation of Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease restrictions on certain business operations. Both the City of Richmond and Accomack County requested these extensions, and will enter Phase One no earlier than midnight on Thursday, May 28.


    Governor Northam Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing in Two Federally-Run Detention Facilities

    May 14, 2020

    In letter to Virginia’s congressional delegation, Governor says state health officials ready to assist federal government. Governor Ralph Northam today urged the federal government to implement additional screening and testing for COVID-19 in two federally-run detention centers in Virginia, the Farmville Detention Center and the Caroline County Detention Center, and offered state support to do so.

  • Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Accomack County and the City of Richmond - Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Accomack County and the City of Richmond

    May 14, 2020

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Accomack County and the City of Richmond would delay implementation of Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease restrictions on certain business operations. Both the City of Richmond and Accomack County requested these extensions, and will enter Phase One no earlier than midnight on Thursday, May 28.

    The Accomack County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday evening, Wednesday, May 13, to request a two-week delay in entering Phase One, and Governor Northam received their formal request this morning. This afternoon, City of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney formally requested a delay in implementing Phase One for at least two weeks.

    “As I have said previously, Virginia’s Phase One guidelines represent a floor, not a ceiling,” said Governor Northam. “I have encouraged local leaders to request exemptions when appropriate, and I am pleased to grant the delays for both Accomack County and the City of Richmond.”

    The formal request from Accomack County can be found here. The formal request from the City of Richmond can be found here. The text of the amended Executive Order Sixty-Two is available here.

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  • Governor Northam Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing in Two Federally-Run Detention Facilities - Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Governor Northam Calls for Increased COVID-19 Testing in Two Federally-Run Detention Facilities

    May 14, 2020

    In letter to Virginia’s congressional delegation, Governor says state health officials ready to assist federal government

    Governor Ralph Northam today urged the federal government to implement additional screening and testing for COVID-19 in two federally-run detention centers in Virginia, the Farmville Detention Center and the Caroline County Detention Center, and offered state support to do so.

    In a letter to Virginia’s congressional delegation, Governor Northam wrote that testing everyone in the facilities, including detainees, staff, and contractors, will help protect the health of those living in the facilities, as well as the surrounding communities.

    Both detention centers are operated by the federal government, and the Commonwealth has limited authority to enter them. However, these facilities are congregate settings, where COVID-19 spreads more easily. The Virginia Department of Health is supporting point prevalence surveys in other congregate settings, such as long-term care facilities and correctional facilities. Increased testing in those settings helps mitigate the spread of the virus, both within the facility and in the communities in which the facilities are located.

    The full text of the Governor’s letter is available here.

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  • Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings; City Council Approves Additional Opportunities for Restaurants to Serve ‘Al Fresco’ During Phase I - Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings; City Council Approves Additional Opportunities for Restaurants to Serve ‘Al Fresco’ During Phase I

    Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings

    May 15, 2020

    ​Like much of the rest of the state, Virginia Beach is preparing for today's Phase I reopenings as outlined in the Governor's Forward Virginia plan. Many aspects of Phase I remain unchanged from what has been in place for the last several weeks. However, increased activity is being allowed in several key areas.


    City Council Approves Additional Opportunities for Restaurants to Serve ‘Al Fresco’ During Phase I

    May 14, 2020

    ​Restaurants now have expanded options for serving diners during Phase I of Forward Virginia, the Governor's plans for reopening businesses.
    The City Council approved temporary changes to the City's Code to allow restaurants to create outdoor restaurant seating adjacent to or in close proximity of the restaurant so long as the restaurant complies with the Governor's Executive Orders 61 and 62 and the rules promulgated by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

  • Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings - Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Welcomes Phase I Reopenings

    May 15, 2020

    ​Like much of the rest of the state, Virginia Beach is preparing for today's Phase I reopenings as outlined in the Governor's Forward Virginia plan. Many aspects of Phase I remain unchanged from what has been in place for the last several weeks. For example:

    • Beaches are restricted to exercise and fishing only
    • Entertainment and public amusement facilities remain closed
    • Fitness and exercise facilities remain closed (outdoor fitness classes allowed)
    • Gatherings limited to 10 people
    • Schools and overnight summer camps remain closed
    • Teleworking and wearing face coverings are strongly encouraged
    • Childcare is open for working families

    However, increased activity is being allowed in several key areas. Among them:

    • Restaurants are being allowed to provide service in outdoor seating areas at 50% capacity. The Virginia Beach City Council yesterday approved temporary changes to the City Code to provide restaurants with options to expand outdoor seating
    • Non-essential retail businesses can open with 50% capacity
    • Personal grooming businesses can open by appointment only
    • Private campgrounds can open
    • Overnight use of state parks will be introduced in phases/over time

    "It has been a long few weeks for all of us, and while we still have a long road ahead before we regain some semblance of normal activity, we welcome this important first step," said Mayor Bobby Dyer. "We have to be smart, savvy and safe so we can continue to make progress, which includes working with the Governor to develop plans that meet the guidelines for lessening restrictions. In addition to opening up the beaches to more leisurely activities, we want to be able to reopen facilities like recreation centers and libraries and see continued expansion of economic activity in our businesses, restaurants and hotels."

    With the weather getting warmer and people being increasingly drawn to the beaches, the City has engaged local event management company IMGoing to manage a multifaceted program that includes cleaning high-touch surfaces, educating guests on how they can enjoy the beach with physical distancing and reinforcing healthy guidelines through interactions with Beach Ambassadors. "While our beaches are great places to exercise, we want people to be able to visit and just sit, relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean," said Deputy City Manager Ron Williams, who is overseeing the City's recovery initiatives. "To do that, we are focusing on ways to make it safe for our residents, visitors and the thousands of frontline staff who are waiting to welcome everyone to Virginia Beach, the best coastal community on the Atlantic coast."

    The first batch of posters featuring some of the City's safety messaging will be put up and the first group of Beach Ambassadors will begin training and familiarizing themselves with our beaches this weekend.

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    Resources

    Residents

    COVID-19 testing may be available at your doctor’s office, urgent care center, pharmacy, or other healthcare clinic. Some testing sites in Virginia are offering community testing events, such as drive-thru testing, Each site has different policies and procedures for testing and billing; please reach out to the individual site for information about testing availability.

    Your doctor will decide if you need a test for COVID-19. If they decide that testing is needed, they might collect samples to test you or tell you where you can go to be tested. Not everyone needs to be tested Most people who have COVID-19 are able to recover at home without medical care.

    Costs
    Many health insurance plans cover the cost of testing and related health care costs. For specific information about your health insurance coverage, call your insurance company. Most insurance covers testing cost without a co-pay.

    Uninsured or under-insured people in Virginia with COVID-19 symptoms can get tested through the state public health lab for free. Please contact a free clinic, federally qualified health center, or emergency department to have the specimen collected. Your local health department can help you get connected with one of these places for testing.

    Testing Sites

    The Virginia Department of Health has an interactive COVID-19 Testing Sites Map which provides information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH.

    There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services).

    DMV Reopening Plan

    Beginning May 18, 2020, DMV locations will open in phases through mid-summer. An office can only reopen once it has been prepared to provide adequate social distancing and clear plastic partitions have been installed on front counters creating a safe separation between customers and employees.

    With health and safety in mind, DMV is offering service by appointment only. Appointments will limit the number of people in an office at one time to ensure social distancing and efficient service. To minimize customer volume at DMV offices, appointments will be required for specific services generally necessitating in-person service. Customers should use alternate service methods, such as online or by mail, when possible.

    Customers are limited to one appointment per person; multiple appointments made by the same person will be canceled. Customers who arrive late may need to reschedule. Please do not bring other people with you to your appointment unless you need them to conduct your transaction or for personal assistance; DMV can only allow a limited number of people in an office at one time.

    Appointments will be available at:

    • 3551 Buckner Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    For a list of other DMV customer service centers that will open for appointments on May 18, click here.

    Upon reopening, DMV will focus on the following services:

    • Original driver's licenses
    • Original commercial driver's licenses (CDLs)
    • Replacement driver's licenses for a name change
    • Driver's license renewals, including CDLs
    • Original and renewal ID cards
    • ID card replacements for a name change
    • Original and replacement disabled parking placards
    • HAZMAT fingerprinting
    • Original and substitute titles
    • Original and transfer of vehicle registrations (no title)
    • Vital records
    • Compliance/Reinstatement of driving privileges, to include insurance payment plan set-up
    • Payment plan: monthly installment payment
    • Knowledge testing for learner’s permits and business partners (No road testing for passenger vehicles and motorcycles can be offered at this time.)

    Customers who need to conduct other transactions should do so via online or by mail.

    For details on DMV operations, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/.

    The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are distributing economic impact payments to taxpayers in the wake of COVID-19. These payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment.

    For more information on the economic impact payments: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.

    IRS Coronavirus Information: IRS.gov/coronavirus

    • The United Way provides food assistance. Contact their hotline at (757) 858-7777, or fill out an online form at unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus and a case manager will contact you.
    • For a list of food pantries open in Virginia Beach, click here. Changes in the list can occur at any time. Please call before going. Most pantries will have pre-packed non-perishable boxes.
    • The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, in partnership with the Eastern Shore Chapel, will be holding a drive-thru stay in vehicle food pantry:
      • For a list of drive-thru food distributions at locations throughout South Hampton Roads by the Foodbank, click here.

    Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VBDHS) has discontinued public access to building facilities until further notice. Staff will continue to work on site at various locations as well as from remote locations to meet the service needs of our citizens via telehealth (video), by phone, or out in the ​community in low exposure settings where social distancing is possible.

    Financial Assistance:

    • Medicaid (Medical Assistance): Apply online at www.CommonHelp.virginia.gov​ or call Cover VA at (855) 242-8282 or the Enterprise Call Center at 855-635-4370.
    • Food Assistance (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Care Subsidy, and Energy Assistance: Apply online at www.CommonHelp.virginia.gov​ or call 855-635-4370. ​
    • For those who cannot apply online or by phone, we’re offering appointments for curbside pick-up of SNAP EBT cards and paper applications for SNAP benefits are available near the drop box at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd.
    • City of Virginia Beach Water Assistance Program: Call 757-385-3431
    • ​To report case changes, inquire about the status of benefits, and for general questions regarding SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and Energy Assistance, call 757-385-4306.
    • Child Care Subsidy: Call 757-385-3351.

    Emergency Hotlines:

    • Adult Protective Services (APS): To report suspected neglect or abuse of adults, call 757-385-3550, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Or, 888-832-3858 for all calls outside of regular business hours
    • Child Protective Services (CPS): To report suspected neglect or abuse of children, call 757-385-3400 or 800-552-7096, Available 24/7
    • Emergency Mental Health Services: Call 757-385-0888

    Behavioral Health & Developmental Services:

    • Adult Outpatient Mental Health Services (including Same Day Access): 757-385-0511
    • Child & Youth Mental Health Services (Including Same Day Access): 757-385-0850
    • Developmental Services: 757-385-0600
    • Emergency Mental Health Services: 757-385-0888 (available 24/7)
    • Informational Warmline: 757-385-0978 (available M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

    To address the routine and non-emergency needs of our citizens, VBDHS has created additional pathways for citizens to communicate with our essential service staff members by using the email addresses listed below. These accounts will be monitored daily Monday through Friday and responses will be provided within one business day.

    Accessible Information for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind

    Virginia Beach Department of Health

    For information on Department of Health hours for Clinics, Pharmacy, WIC Program and Dental, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/hours/.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program continues to accept new applicants to apply for services. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support. Remote WIC services are available for new families to enroll in the program. Appointments will be conducted over the phone. To be eligible for the WIC program, applicants must meet categorical, residential and income guidelines.

    To apply, call your local WIC office:

    • Pembroke WIC Office: (757) 518-2789
    • Norfolk Avenue WIC Office: (757) 491-5183
    • Indian River WIC Office: (757) 424-9970
    • Oceana WIC Office: (757) 491-5928

    More information about the WIC Program acan be found at the VDH website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/women-infants-and-children-wic/ or their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachWIC/.

    211 Virginia

    • 2-1-1 is Virginia’s central source for information and referrals for essential health and human service needs.
    • Online: at 211virginia.org, people can search for resources, view important alerts, and find out how to contact 211 by email, chat or phone.
    • Phone: people can dial 2-1-1. This is a free phone number that provides information about local resources such as food assistance, shelter, utility assistance, and health care. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When someone dials 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to the situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. All referrals are confidential.
    • Organizations that provide ongoing services to the general public are encouraged to add their organization to the 2-1-1 database through the link “Update/Add Your Agency” at the top of the 2-1-1 website.
    • New time-limited services that are open to the general public during this health emergency, can be sent to 211admin@councilofcommunityservices.org.

    Local Housing Resources

    • People experiencing a housing crisis should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Referrals will be managed via telephone, not in person.
    • The Housing Resource Center is not accepting walk-ins or visitors. Shelter services are at capacity and no new residents will be accepted until further notice. Day Services is also closed.

    State Housing Resources

    • The Virginia Poverty Law Center has information on a variety of important resources to assist with navigating through the pandemic including rights as a tenant or mortgage borrower, the federal evictions moratorium and loss of income during the pandemic.
    • Federal and state protections are now in place to help renters and homeowners unable to make their monthly payments due to COVID-19. There are also resources available for property owners, developers and the homeless. For more information on these resources, visit StayHomeVirginia.com.

    Public Utilities is suspending disconnections of water service due to nonpayment. To avoid water service termination once service turn-offs for nonpayment are resumed, please continue to make regular payments on your account.

    VB City Council has:

    • Suspended penalties and interest for all late payments of real estate taxes and personal property taxes through Aug. 1, 2020. Read the City ordinance here.
    • Approved a two-month meal tax “holiday” for May and June reducing the City’s meal tax rate from 5.5% to 0% for those two months.
    • Suspended late payment and penalties due in April, May, and June for meal taxes, admissions taxes and hotel taxes.

    For information on all the City's COVID-19 tax relief initiatives, visit VBgov.com/COR-COVID19.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is recruiting volunteers for its COVID-19 response. They accept volunteers with and without medical certifications. Anyone interested should register at https://www.vamrc.org.
    • If you would like to volunteer with one of the many voluntary agencies that have stepped up to assist our community at this time, visit Volunteer Hampton Roads at https://www.volunteerhr.org/coronavirus.

    Donation Opportunities

    • The City of Virginia Beach has a formal donations process to receive personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our emergency responders and other frontline employees supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response.
      • To donate, businesses and residents should complete this Donation Form instead of dropping items off with City agencies. Staff will review donations offered and arrange for drop-off or pick-up of the items.
      • Ideally, the PPE supplies should be commercial-grade and in original packaging. Items needed include, but are not limited to:
      • Disinfecting cleaner approved for COVID use
        Eye protection (glasses and goggles)
        Fluid and droplet hair protection
        Hand sanitizer
        N95 Masks – large, medium, small, universal
        Nitrile Gloves – XL, large, medium, small
        Protective Gowns (prefer moisture barrier / level 3)
        Surgical mask with or without Fluid Shield Protection
        Surgical shoe covers
    • If you would like to make a monetary donation to assist people impacted by COVID-19, United Way of South Hampton Roads has established a Coronavirus Recovery Fund. Please visit https://unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/ or you can text COVID to 41444 to make a donation.
    • If you would like to make a food donation, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has changed their donation process in response to COVID-19. For up to date information on food donation visit, https://foodbankonline.org/covid-19/
    • Sentara Healthcare is asking for specific supply donations. For the latest list of needs, visit https://sentaraupdates.com/supply-donations/

    Businesses

    Businesses can now defer payment of trust taxes without penalties. Trust taxes include taxes on meals, lodging and admissions. The plan requires two steps:

    • Complete and sign a Payment Plan Request Form, which allows for taxes due during the state of emergency to be paid later (after the conclusion of the state of emergency) and in installments. Businesses will still need to file their gross receipts by the 20th of each month. They may request relief from late filing penalties through the Commissioner of the Revenue if the reporting requirement is hampered by the pandemic.
    • Once the state of emergency is lifted, the business must contact the City Treasurer's Office within 30 days to make the formal payment plan terms, including start date, payment amount and number of payments. Taxes included in the payment plan will not accrue penalties as long as the payment agreement is honored.

    Completed Payment Plan Request Forms can be returned to mailto:vbtrust4you@vbgov.com or faxed to 757-385-8855. Visit the Trustee Taxes web site on VBgov.com for more information or call 757-385-1311.

    VB City Council has:

    • Eliminated penalties and interest for all late payments of real estate taxes and personal property taxes through Aug. 1, 2020.
    • Approved a two-month meal tax “holiday” for May and June reducing the City’s meal tax rate from 5.5% to 0% for those two months.
    • Suspended late payment and penalties due in April, May, and June for meal taxes, admissions taxes and hotel taxes.

    For information on all the City's COVID-19 tax relief initiatives, visit VBgov.com/COR-COVID19.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development has developed a collection of national, state, and local resources available to businesses and employees: COVID-19 Business Resources

    Opportunity During Economic Uncertainty Webinar

    • A discussion on how your business can expand your customer base by offering products and services to the federal government.
    • Thursday, May 14, 10 a.m. ET
    • To register for this webinar, click here.

    Economic Development Investment Program Part E Grant (EDIP-E)

    The EDIP-E Grant is intended to allow the Authority to contribute to the economic health of the City and Commonwealth by providing small business assistance grants.

    Applications for the EDIP-E Grant are now being accepted via email at ecdev@vbgov.com or, in person by appointment only at the Economic Development office, 4525 Main Street, Suite 700, Virginia Beach, before June 30, 2020. For appointments, call (757) 385-6464.

    Business Qualifications/Criteria:

    • Business with fewer than 250 employees
    • As of March 23, 2020, it has operated in the City of Virginia Beach for at least one year.
    • It continues to operate during the Local Emergency, or was ordered closed by Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 issued on March 23, 2020.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to the revenues of the business so that the business will be unable to continue generating sufficient revenue to make rent payments, utility payments, or to meet its other obligations without reducing the number of employees.
    • The business agrees that it will forestall any reduction in its workforce during the local emergency.
    • For details on application materials and documents needed to apply, click here.

    Each Grant shall not exceed the lesser of (i) identified rent, utility, taxes, and other business expenses related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, or (ii) $10,000.

    Other Economic Development Office Resources:

    The City of Virginia Beach and the Women's Business Center (WBC) within the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Old Dominion University are partnering to offer no cost technical assistance to Virginia Beach businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Services are available by appointment until June 03, 2020 at:

    Virginia Beach Economic Development Department
    4525 Main St., Suite 700
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    • Examples of topics for technical assistance include but are not limited to:
      • How to apply for Financial Assistance
      • How to apply for an SBA Federal Disaster Loan
      • What is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program?
      • Who can apply for EIDL?
      • How can the loan be used?
      • How much can I apply for?
      • What are the lending criteria?
      • What are the terms?
      • When can I apply?
      • Assembly of materials for application
      • Navigation of the Disaster Loan Application Portal

    As of April 27, 2020:

    Notice: PPP Resumes April 27, 2020

    The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

    Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses.

    • Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.


    • Sales Tax Deferment: Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax that are due on March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
    • State Income Tax Extension: The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

    Virginia Department of Health Guidance for Food Establishments Regarding COVID‐19

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed interim guidance for businesses and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19). This inforamtion summarizes key CDC recommendations and provide VDH‐specific recommendations or details for food and food establishments.


    Guidance for Flushing Building Plumbing Systems after Prolonged Shutdown

    Public water supplies are safe and unaffected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. However, water quality within buildings that have been vacant or have seen little use during the pandemic restrictions may be impacted due the closure. To make sure stagnant water is fully removed before employees return to work, it’s important that building owners thoroughly flush their establishment’s plumbing systems before reopening. These practices are recommended for schools, daycares, lodging, offices, places of worship, event venues, retail, libraries, museums, restaurants, gyms, healthcare and other facilities which have remained closed during the COVID-19 shutdown. To flush water systems in closed buildings, Hampton Roads utility directors advise owners and property managers to follow these steps:

    For more details and guidance for large businesses, check with The Environmental Science, Policy, and Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.


    Guidance for Grease Control Device (GCD) Cleaning after Prolonged Shutdown

    Regular grease control device (GCD) maintenance and cleanings are necessary to help prevent fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from entering the sanitary sewer system. Please review the below document to ensure your food service establishment is staying in compliance with the City of Virginia Beach’s FOG Ordinance.

    Visitors

    The City of Virginia Beach is encouraging all short term rental owners/operators to cancel rentals during this emergency but the ultimate decision on cancellation and refunds is a contractual matter between the property owner and tenant and the City has no role in the resolution of contact disputes between two private parties.

    On April 2, 2020, the letter below was sent from Acting City Manager Tom Leahy to all short-term rentals on record (approx. 2700, including the realty companies that handle the rentals).

    Open Letter to Managers of Short-Term Rentals from Acting City Manager

    • Executive Order Fifty-Three directs the closing of certain non-essential businesses and prohibits public gatherings of more than 10 people. The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here.
    • Executive Order Fifty-Five directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries and prescriptions, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements. The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Five can be found here.

    Contacts

    Information Hotlines

    • The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health hotline: 757-683-2745 (Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 6 PM. Messages will be monitored over the weekend).
    • The Virginia Department of Health hotline: 877-ASK-VDH3

    Department of Human Services Emergency Hotlines

    • Adult Protective Services (APS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of adults
      • 757-385-3550, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • 888-832-3858 for all calls outside of regular business hours
    • Child Protective Services (CPS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of children
      • 757-385-3400 or 800-552-7096, Available 24/7
    • Emergency Mental Health Services - 757-385-0888

    Videos

    VB411 In the Know - Mental Health Services, May 14, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Meals Tax Holiday, May 6, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Volunteer & Donation Opportunities, April 28, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - COVID-19 Emergency Website, April 22, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Resources for Businesses, April 8, 2020

    Coronavirus Update from Mayor Bobby Dyer - April 4, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Human Services Modifications, April 1, 2020

    Coronavirus Update from Mayor Bobby Dyer - March 20, 2020

    Coronavirus Update from Mayor Bobby Dyer - March 20, 2020

    FAQs

    Notifications

    Openings

    Update: May 19, 2020

    Governor Northam Allows Virginia Beach to Reopen Beaches to More Activities Starting May 22

    Exercising along Virginia Beach’s ocean and bayfront beaches is still allowed, of course. But just in time for the Memorial Day weekend—and a forecast of better weather—people will be able to take their chairs, umbrellas and beach towels and just relax, if that’s their preference.

    Governor Ralph Northam on Monday announced that Virginia Beach can open its beaches to recreational activity because he was satisfied with the comprehensive plan the City developed to maintain safety and social/physical distancing. The City’s plan includes enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces, educating guests on how they can enjoy the beach with social/physical distancing and enforcing regulations through interaction with Virginia Beach beach ambassadors.

    However, some restrictions remain. Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55 requires individuals to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family members. Executive Order #61 prohibits all public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals. Additional prohibitions to support distancing will be enforced and posted at each beach access. The COVID-19 Beach Regulations include:

    • Keep six feet apart unless family
    • No groups of more than 10 people
    • No speakers
    • No large coolers
    • No alcohol
    • No tents OR groups of umbrellas
    • No group sports (volleyball, football, Frisbee, etc)

    In addition, no entertainment or programming that generate mass gatherings will be permitted. Public parking garages and surface lots will be limited to 50% capacity. All beach playsets will remain closed. Existing City ordinances already apply to some of these activities in the resort area. Governor Northam stated that he would not hesitate to reinstate additional restrictions or close beaches if people do not follow the rules.


    May 4, 2020

    On May 4, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that he is extending the executive order mandating temporary restrictions on restaurants, gatherings and nonessential businesses through May 14. The plan is to begin a phased approach to reopening the Commonwealth starting on May 15, which is outlined in the “Forward Virginia” blueprint. The phased approach includes specific goals for containing the spread of the coronavirus through increased testing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and medical capacity.

    Phase I (three weeks)

    To start the first three-week phase, the Governor is recommending the continued use of face coverings when away from home as well as continued social distancing and teleworking. Some businesses closed as part of Executive Order 53 — entertainment, personal grooming, campgrounds, retail, restaurants and places of worship — may re-open with strict safety restrictions, physical distancing, limits on gatherings and increasing cleaning and disinfection of hard surfaces.

    The City of Virginia Beach is preparing to reopen and/or lift restrictions currently in place in public areas, like the beaches, during the first phase of “Forward Virginia.” Part of the plans to reopen the beaches include measures that will be adapted for other areas in the city:

    1. Posting of public safety placards regarding social distancing, cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols.
    2. Deploy a safety ambassador patrol to encourage adherence to protocols and augment enforcement efforts on the beach, boardwalk and in parking facilities.
    3. Promote physical distancing and no more than 10 people in group gatherings.
    4. Increased cleaning of benches, bathrooms, showers and railings at access points and deploy sanitation stations.
    5. No programming of mass gatherings or entertainment and continued closure of beach playgrounds.
    6. Reduction in parking capacity at garages and dispersal of on-street parking.
    7. Suspension of the bus trolley service.

    Updated May 11, 2020

    Governor Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. The Phase One guidelines will be implemented when the data meets the public health criteria outlined by the Commonwealth. The new executive order modifies public health guidance in Executive Order Fifty-Three and Executive Order Fifty-Five and establishes guidelines for Phase One.

    The Governor’s phased approach is grounded in science and data and includes mitigation strategies to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus through enhanced safety practices. The plan allows localities to consider delaying implementation of Phase One guidelines based on local conditions.

    BEACH AMBASSADOR

    JOB TITLE: Beach Ambassador Education Team Member

    EMPLOYER: IMGoing

    OPENING DATE: 5/8/2020

    HOURLY RATE: $12.00 per hour

    TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Temporary

    Work Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday

    LOCATION: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Designated Beach Access points and roving

    DESCRIPTION:

    Our Ambassadors are the front-line friendly faces in the campaign to reopen the beaches of Virginia Beach and in welcoming back visitors and residents! These energetic, fun-loving, and service-minded staff members are the key to helping guests enjoy a safe and relaxing time in Virginia Beach.

    Ambassadors serve as a “welcoming committee,” and direct guests to signage informing them of guidelines designed to keep them healthy during their visit to the beach. Social distancing is the critical component to reopening our beaches. Ambassadors provide friendly reminders to guests and interact as needed to encourage safe distancing. Our leadership staff stands at the ready to provide assistance and guidance at all times.

    Educating our guests and helping them experience the beaches of Virginia Beach in a safe manner is our passion. We couldn’t do it without our outgoing and congenial Ambassadors. As we search for team members who share our love for the outdoors and for bringing our beaches back to life, we hope you will join our Ambassadors!

    This is not a security job this is a Beach Ambassador position. You will not be required to take any direct enforcement action.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    • Ability to be enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable of the product and services
    • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time
    • Work Environment: while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Communicate general beach regulations to guests
    • Communicate specific Covid-19 safety guidelines to guests
    • Answer questions about the Resort/Sandbridge/North End/Bayfront areas (what to see and what to do)
    • Direct guests to nearest restroom facilities
    • Maintain uniformed appearance in order to be easily-recognizable to guests
    • Pick up needed supplies prior to shift
    • Attend training sessions
    • Maintain communication with supervisor regarding questions, suggestions, and issues with guests

    Apply at https://www.imgoingevents.com/application.

    Closures

    Update May 26, 2020:

    The following City parking lots are currently closed:

    • 19th Street South
    • 18th Street North (overflow special events lot)
    • 4th Street lot

    All other City parking locations are open, including those at Croatan and Sandbridge.

    VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle Services Suspended this Summer

    ​The VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle services (Routes 30, 31, and 35) scheduled to start Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 have been suspended this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The suspension of the seasonal services was in part due to Governor Northam's Forward Virginia Phase One guidelines and to safely reopen the beaches.

    There have been other transit service changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are designed to continue essential service to all six cities for transit riders.

    Citizens are encouraged to continue using transit for essential trips, remember to maintain social distance, and exit from the rear of the bus. More information regarding transit service changes due to COVID-19 impacts can be found at the Hampton Roads Transit website: www.gohrt.com.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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    This section includes changes to schedules and operations of City services, facilities and events. Staff are working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days, to identify any cancellations or postponements. The list does not include private events. If you do not see an event here and for the most accurate information, please contact event organizers directly to confirm status.

    Cancellations

    In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Orders 53 and 55 as well as local directives enacted to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all City sponsored events have been either cancelled until June 10, 2020, or rescheduled, unless orders are amended or rescinded by further executive order.

    Updates on events:

    In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Orders 53 and 55 as well as local directives enacted to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all City buildings are closed to the public until June 10, 2020, unless orders are amended or rescinded by further executive order.

    Updates on facility operations:

    In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Orders 53 and 55 as well as local directives enacted to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), most public meetings have been cancelled until June 10, 2020, unless orders are amended or rescinded by further executive order. The exception: City Council is allowed to meet to address issues related to the COVID-19 emergency.

    City Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Citizens are encouraged to submit comments prior to the meetings via email at CityCouncil@vbgov.com. The Council meeting agendas can be viewed online at VBgov.com.

    People wanting to comment can register at VBgov.com or register with the City Clerk's Office by calling (757) 385-4303 or via email at ABarnes@vbgov.com prior to the meeting.

    The City Council will not be at City Hall (Building 1), which will remain closed to the public. The meetings can be viewed live on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at www.VBgov.com and on Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach.

    This section includes changes to schedules and operations of City services, facilities and events. Staff are working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days, to identify any cancellations or postponements. The list does not include private events. If you do not see an event here and for the most accurate information, please contact event organizers directly to confirm status.

    Modifications

    Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center is open for business.

    The public is welcome to come in to adopt and reclaim pets.

    In order to facilitate social distancing, we ask that guests wait outside/in their car and please use the Facebook appointment feature to schedule a time to come in to meet/adopt a specific pet, browse the selection of pets currently available, or look for a missing pet. We will use Facebook messenger to communicate with you.

    Interested adopters: We will send you a word document questionnaire to fill out and send back prior to your appointment. We will also take your proof of current rabies/city license (for current household pets) and lease (with pet policy)/mortgage statements electronically.

    To contact VBACAC:
    Phone: 757-385-4444, option #2
    Email: VBPDAC@vbgov.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/VBAnimalCareandAdoptionCenter/

    Circuit Court and Circuit Court Clerk's Office

    Access to the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, per a Court Order issued from the Supreme Court of Virginia, will be limited. Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office Deputies, who provide security at the Courthouse, will be limiting individuals entering the Courthouse.

    The Circuit Court Clerk's Office wants to do everything we can to protect the public who need to do business with us, and our staff who work at the Clerk's Office. For those of you who do not have an emergency need to enter the Courthouse, we are asking you to stay home.

    The Circuit Court Clerk's Office has opened a satellite office to be able to provide some services it had to curtail when the Courthouse building closed to the general public a few weeks ago. The office is at located at 1804 Princess Anne Road and is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday thru Friday, drive-through service only, and only for the following:

    • First-time Concealed Carry Permits – applicants must bring a current application, a government-issued picture ID, proof of competency and $50 fee (cash or check). First time applicants must appear in person. For further information about the requirements, visit the Virginia State Police website at https://www.vsp.virginia.gov/Firearms.shtm or call Nancy White at (757) 385-8532.
    • Marriage Licenses—both parties must be present, have government-issued photo identification and have completed the marriage license application. It is available online at vbgov.com/marriage and at the satellite office. The license fee is $30 in cash (please have exact cash, if possible).
    • Notary Items for Pick-up – For those who receive notice that your Notary is available to be picked up at the Clerk's Office can pick these up at this satellite location.

    For complete details on Courts modified operations, click here.

    General District Court

    Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the Virginia Supreme Court's declarations of judicial emergency, effective May 18, 2020, and continuing through June 5, 2020, the General District Court of the City of Virginia Beach will operate as follows:

    1. Criminal cases set in courtrooms 1 and 2 will take place as currently scheduled at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. Only those persons directly involved in the cases as parties, witnesses or attorneys will be permitted in the courtrooms.
    2. Cases set in traffic courtroom C will take place as currently scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Only those persons directly involved in the cases as parties, witnesses or attorneys will be permitted in the courtrooms.
    3. Contested civil trials set for 10:00 a.m. in civil courtroom B will take place as currently scheduled. Only those persons directly involved in the cases as parties, witnesses or attorneys will be permitted in the courtrooms.
    4. Felony bond hearings will be conducted at 8:00 a.m. in Traffic Courtroom D. Inmates will appear via video feed from the jail.
    5. Misdemeanor bond hearings will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Traffic Courtroom D. Inmates will appear via video feed from the jail.
    6. Arraignments will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Traffic Courtroom D. Inmates will appear via video feed from the jail.
    7. Petitions for protective orders and for release of impounded vehicles may be submitted to the clerk's office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    8. Petitions for emergency medical and mental health treatment may be submitted to the clerk's office between 8:00 and 4:00 p.m.
    9. Garnishment exemption motions and summons on joint accounts may be submitted to the clerk's between 8:00 and 4:00 p.m. Hearings on said motions will be heard at 2:00 p.m. in Traffic Courtroom D.

    No persons will be admitted to the courtrooms of the General District Court for any other matters without permission of the Court. No persons will be permitted to come to the General District Court's clerks' offices except for the matters enumerated above. ALL PERSONS PERMITTED TO ENTER THE COURTHOUSE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO WEAR FACE MASKS OR COVERING.

    For complete details on General District Court continued operations, click here.

    Virginia Beach Human Services has implemented modified operations and had discontinued public access to building facilities.

    • Staff will continue to work on-site at various locations as well as working remotely to meet the service needs of our citizens via telehealth (video), by phone, or out in the community in low exposure settings where social distancing is possible.
    • For detailed information on how to access services, including SNAF, TANIF, Medicaid, Energy Assistance, Child Care Subsidy, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and emergency hotlines, click here.

    Virginia Beach Department of Health

    For information on Department of Health hours for Clinics, Pharmacy, WIC Program and Dental, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/hours/.

    • Vital Statistics will be closed. Vital Statistic services will be available at the Norfolk Health Department for funeral directors/runners ONLY. The public should process their requests online through the Virginia Department of Health website.
    • Environmental Health will be offering limited services by appointment only, Monday – Friday from 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Transactions are available over the phone or online. For more information, please call (757) 518-2700, option #3 or visit our website for applications at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/forms-and-applications/.

    VB Strong Center:

    • Please call to schedule telehealth visits for: individual appointments, intake and support services, class registrations.
    • Contact the VB Strong Center at 757-507-7200, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon. - Fri. or visit https://thevbstrongcenter.org/.

    Pathways Center has suspended client visitation until further notice.

    Virginia Beach Police Department – 1st Precinct, Building 11

    The following services will remain available at Building 11:

    • Sex Offender Registrations
    • Felony Registrations
    • Court Mandated Traveling Felon Registrations

    The following services will be suspended at Building 11:

    • All permits applications
    • Concealed Handgun Permit applications
    • Local Record Checks – employment, background, etc.
    • Fingerprinting of individuals

    The Police Department is urging residents to use an online system to notify police of non-emergency crimes.

    • Call 385-5000 and request non-emergency police services.

    Online reporting for the following crimes can be submitted via : https://eprodmz.vbgov.com/MainUI/submissions/SubmissionsMain.aspx

    • Larceny from vehicle – Property taken from a vehicle with a total value less than $500
    • Larceny – Property taken from a location other than a vehicle with a total value less than $500 (Include gas drive offs in this category)
    • Destruction of private property
    • Obscene Phone Call/Communication
    • Annoying Phone Calls/Harassing Communication​​​​​

    For emergencies, a crime in progress, or any incident in which someone was injured, please call 911

    Sheriff's Office

    As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is taking every possible precaution to safeguard the health and safety of every person living and working inside the Virginia Beach Correctional Center. In consultation with health officials and federal, state and local leadership, they are closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures to reduce the potential for an exposure in the jail.

    • The Virginia Beach Courthouse is CLOSED through May 17.
    • All on-site inmate visitation at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center has been cancelled.
    • For additional information, visit vbso.net/coronavirus.

    Waste Management has temporarily discontinued walk-in service.

    Phone service will be limited, and delays can be expected.

    For faster service, customers are encouraged to contact us through email at waste@vbgov.com, website at www.vbgov.com/wastemgt, or the SeeClickFix phone app.

    This section includes changes to schedules and operations of City services, facilities and events. Staff are working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days, to identify any cancellations or postponements. The list does not include private events. If you do not see an event here and for the most accurate information, please contact event organizers directly to confirm status.

    Be Aware

    Malicious Website

    A malicious website pretending to be the live map for "Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases" by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users (PDF) to visit the website (corona-virus-map[dot]com). Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements and social engineering. Anyone searching the internet for a coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.

    Please make sure to exercise caution when opening emails from outside organizations even if those organizations may seem reputable. Information on how to identify e-mail phishing and ransomware attacks can be found in the Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (PDF) guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

    Home Sanitizing Scam

    A post on NextDoor alerts of a scam involving men going door-to-door to sanitize homes. According to the post, two men wearing white uniforms are saying they are with the City and they need to sanitize your home. They will ask you to leave so they can spray inside but once inside, they will rob the home. The NextDoor post reports that it happened on Hoylake Drive near Edwin and the person says they reported it to the police. The police do not have any record of calls describing this kind of activity.

    How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of COVID-19 Scams

    Read the full FBI article

    If you believe you were a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, or think you have information of suspicious activity by a vendor, please report it:

    • Call the Norfolk Field Office at (757) 455-0100 or 1-800-CALL-FBI
    • Submit a tip to the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov
    • If it’s a cyber scam, submit your complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov
    • Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or at justice.gov/DisasterComplaintFraud