Virginia Beach Addressing Governor Northam's Executive Order

Monday, March 30, 2020

Virginia Beach, Va. (March 30, 2020) — Following Governor Northam's Monday, March 30 Executive Order 55, Acting City Manager Tom Leahy said, "Virginia Beach has already put in place most of the actions necessary to implement this latest order. The priority is always to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff while ensuring we can deliver the essential services like public safety, water, garbage collection and infrastructure maintenance."

Services are continuing as they have been these past several weeks, including some temporary operational modifications developed to provide services with minimal to no public contact in the areas where that is feasible. For example, while many facilities have been closed to the public, we have moved many services online and staff is available by email, phone, teleconferencing or mail. In each area, staff is committed to working through situations with residents on a case-by-case basis. To connect with Human Services benefits and services, please visit VBgov.com/hs or call (757) 385-3200.

Most events have already been cancelled through the end of April, consistent with the ban on groups of more than 10 people. Since the Governor's order extends through June 10, 2020, staff will be working with organizers to cancel or reschedule these additional events. For the latest updates on services, cancellations, announcements and resources, visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus.

Residents are expected to comply with the Governor's order which limits activities in parks and beaches to fishing and exercising only (no sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, group sports, gatherings, etc). Non-compliance is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both. Virginia Beach Police and Parks and Recreation personnel will be monitoring and taking necessary actions to ensure compliance. However, resources do not allow for full-time coverage of all City parks and the 38 miles of beaches in addition to their other responsibilities. Residents can report non-conforming businesses, individuals or groups to 311 or 385-5000.

As confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to climb in Virginia Beach, the Virginia Beach Health Department reinforces the need to stay six feet away from others, frequent hand-washing, and limiting all non-essential activities are the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. 

City Council Special Electronic Meeting to be Held March 31

The City Council will hold a "Special Meeting by Electronic Communication Means" beginning at 6 p.m. to consider four items to address the COVID-19 emergency and to discuss tax relief necessitated by the pandemic.

Although no citizen comments will be taken with respect to the discussion on tax relief, citizens are encouraged to submit comments on the four resolutions and ordinances to the City Council prior to the special meeting via email at CityCouncil@vbgov.com. The current Council agenda can be viewed online at VBgov.com.

People wanting to comment should follow a two-step registration process:

  1. Register at https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e871f2421f8196abfb20bee4e6e94208f
  2. Register with the City Clerk's Office by calling (757) 385-4303 or via email at ABarnes@vbgov.com prior to 5:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020.
     

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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