City Continues to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis; Public Officials Urge Caution, Compliance, Provide Updates

Thursday, March 19, 2020

​City officials are urging caution and compliance as they respond to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus COVID-19 State of Emergency. All citizens should practice social distancing and self-quarantine when sick or exposed to someone who has the virus.

While we have kept City parks open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging residents to take the practices of self-quarantining and social distancing extremely seriously. There have been reports of crowds gathering at public parks, and City officials are imploring people to keep their distance from others and engage in more individual activities such as walking their dogs, biking or jogging. "It is up to all of us to prevent the spread of this virus and protect those who are at the highest risk, and these practices are the best way to do so," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer.

UPDATES
The City Treasurer's Office will waive late payment penalties on trust tax payments (meals, lodging and admission taxes), due Friday, March 20, through the end of March 2020. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the Commonwealth's application for disaster assistance for small businesses. The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Small business may apply at the SBA's website.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will continue to deliver services under modified operations — see emergency.vbgov.com and www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach for more information.

For emergencies, a crime in progress, or any incident in which someone was injured, please call 911. In the spirit of social distancing, the Virginia Beach Police Department is urging residents to use an online system to notify police of non-emergency crimes. You can file non-emergency crimes two ways:  

  1. Call 385-5000 and request non-emergency police services. You will speak to a Crime Reporting Officer, who will ask you questions pertaining to the crime. 
  2. 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

Following the Commonwealth's Declaration of Public Health Emergency On March 17, 2020, and in an effort to increase social distancing and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among Virginians, all restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters are mandated to reduce seating capacity to 10 patrons in a permitted facility, or close, while encouraged to continue carry-out and takeaway service.

  • The local Public Health Director has enforcement authority for food establishments.

  • The Health Department is partnering with the Virginia Beach Police Department in educating food establishments of the importance of voluntary compliance with the Order.

  • Observations of 10 or more patrons in a restaurant (food establishment) may result in immediate operation permit suspension per the Food Regulations. However, the Public Health Department will use the least punitive approach to achieve compliance.

  • A food establishment should have no more than 10 patrons (employees are not included) regardless of the number of separate rooms, including outdoor spaces, in the facility.

Public Works Waste Management remains committed to meeting the needs of Virginia Beach residents in these trying times. Trash, recycling, yard debris and bulky item collection continue to operate under normal conditions. The Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, located at 1989 Jake Sears Road, remains open. Normal hours for the landfill are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Walk-in service is temporarily discontinued and phone service will be limited. For faster service, customers are encouraged to contact us by email at wastemgt@vbgov.com; by website at www.vbgov.com/wastemgt; or through the SeeClickFix phone app.

For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com and follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, Twitter – www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and Instagramwww.instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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