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Posted on: April 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 17, 5 p.m. Update - Tennis and Pickleball Courts to Reopen; Virtual Budget Community Meeting

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders
Beginning Monday, April 20, all James City County tennis courts and pickleball courts will reopen. The tennis courts are located at Jamestown High School, Warhill High School and Lafayette High School. At Veterans Park, only the eight pickleball courts will reopen, 7 a.m. to sunset daily. To ensure we can continue to offer these and more physical fitness and recreational opportunities, please follow social distancing guidelines - maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and groups of more than 10 will be asked to separate.

Virtual Budget Community Meeting
We will host a Virtual Budget Community Meeting on April 23 at 12:30 p.m. Scott Stevens, County Administrator for James City County and Sharon Day, Director of Financial and Management Director, will provide a brief overview of the proposed budget. Following their presentation, we will open up for questions and comments.

The meeting will be available live on:

We need to hear from you. There are several ways to participate:

Due to time limitations, we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered and similar questions might be grouped together. For questions about the Virtual Budget Community Meeting, please call 757-253-6826 or email

Social Services
Have you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Department of Social Services. 

Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Business Updates
Do you need a business mentor during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out local SCORE Mentors, who are ready to assist business owners. Williamsburg SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. These free, confidential, one-on-one mentor meetings can happen on the phone or through email.

The Save Small Business Fund has been established the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants nationwide to as many small employers located in economically vulnerable communities. Applications open on Monday, April 20 at 3 p.m. Businesses must employ between three and 20 people. Economically vulnerable communities are identified by zip code. Eligible zip codes located in James City County include 23185 and 23188; 23168 is not eligible.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: Previous messages are available online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Parks & Recreation Virtual Programming 
Interested in genealogy, want to learn a new language or need comforting activities for your child during these challenging times? Parks & Recreation wants to help you keep your spirits high and your mind and body well. Check out our new Virtual Programming page where you’ll find fun activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. New offerings this week also include a virtual tour of hundreds of the world’s museums and more fitness videos. The list is updated weekly!

For more information
Hotline: 757-564-2140

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or Peninsula Health District Call Center: 757-564-7069, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 
- FEMA Rumor Control: 

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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