City Closing Recreation Centers, Libraries and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center; Tuesday's Formal City Council Meeting Canceled, Items to be Carried Forward

Sunday, March 15, 2020

​Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the City of Virginia Beach will be closing all recreation centers, libraries and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for at least the next two weeks to support efforts to slow or mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Staff should report as usual. Parks will remain open for now, although all events in the parks are cancelled and we encourage parents and others to avoid large gatherings in the parks. "Social distancing is still one of the best ways we have to combat the spread of the virus," said Dr. Demetria Lindsay with the Virginia Beach Health Department. "If you are ill with symptoms of COVID-19, contact your health provider." 

"These are prudent steps we are taking for the collective health and safety of our community," said Mayor Bobby Dyer. "Limiting our non-essential gatherings and following all of the basic hygiene advice we have received, including frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, are the best tools we have. This takes all of us working together to be effective." 

Out of a similar concern over large gatherings, the Virginia Beach City Council will only hold a brief informal meeting on Tuesday, March 17 to receive a COVID-19 Update report and take action on one item. The formal agenda meeting is cancelled and the Planning and any other items that require a public hearing currently on the agenda for March 17 would be carried forward, with appropriate notification, to the April 7 agenda. Should applicants want their items deferred to a different date, they can work with staff. Also, staff is exploring options for how best to disseminate the City Manager's Recommended Budget on March 24 in lieu of a formal meeting. 

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