Virginia Beach Declares State of Emergency

Friday, March 13, 2020

Acting City Manager Tom Leahy issued a declaration of local emergency for the City of Virginia Beach, effective at 3 p.m. today, due to the coronavirus or COVID-19. The Declaration supports the activation of the Emergency Operations Center/Joint Information Center and allows the City to access resources reserved for emergency response. The City Council will consider this declaration at its next meeting.   

City facilities are open for business. Should that change, notifications will be made public. However, to support efforts to minimize risks of transmitting the virus, we are encouraging residents to utilize for online services or transact City business by phone or email if at all possible. City services available online include payments for services bills, real estate and personal property taxes, parking tickets, library fines and parks and recreation fees.

City Council and other Official City Meetings
Members of the City Council are keenly sensitive to the challenges of continuing to hold City Council and other official meetings during this public health emergency. While we plan to continue with the current City Council meeting schedule, we encourage residents who do not have to attend to stay home. People can email comments on particular agenda items to members of the City Council at The meetings can be viewed on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at and on

An applicant who prefers not to have to attend a meeting at this time can request a deferral. "Given these extraordinary circumstances, I believe the Council would be favorably disposed to granting any deferrals we can," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer.

If an individual must attend a meeting because they are a petitioner or are required to speak on a scheduled agenda item, the City encourages people to follow the CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus as well as other illnesses: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer; avoid shaking hands; keep from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and leave seats between you and other people to support social distancing. If the City Council Chamber is full, please wait outside the room until your agenda item is announced. 

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