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Posted on: May 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] May 1, 5 p.m. Update - COVID-19 and Pets; Parks & Recreation Virtual Programming Update

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Virginia Department of Health
If you plan on heading to the stores this weekend to pick up essentials, remember to practice store safety:

  • Be sure to stay 6 feet away – even in the aisles.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Try to only go to the store once a week or less.
  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth, if you can.
  • If your store has curbside pickup or delivery, use it!

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others when you go out on essential trips. 

  • Do make sure you can breathe through it.
  • Do wear it whenever going out in public.
  • Do make sure it covers your nose and mouth.
  • Do wash after using.
  • Don’t use on children under age 2.
  • Don’t use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment intended for healthcare workers.

Don’t have a mask? The CDC website has sew and no-sew mask making tips.

Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly. Follow the instructions on the product label to ensure safe and effective use. Learn more about cleaning and disinfecting your home: 

US Food and Drug Administration
You’ve learned a lot about the coronavirus and how to keep you and your family safe. But what about the other, furrier members of the family, your pets? 

Parks & Recreation
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 this week - learn how to paint using acrylics; get an aquatic workout at home, fun for family game night, discovery-based STEM experiences for children, activity resources for children with special needs and a virtual window into the natural world of birds! Let us help you keep your spirits high and your mind and body well. The list is updated weekly! 

James City County has a variety of opportunities available in our parks to maintain your mental wellness and connect to nature during these challenging times. You can practice social distancing while still getting exercise and reducing your stress – come hike, bike, fly a kite, boat or fish - we can help. All County parks are open, please note:

 - The James City County Marina Store service window is open daily (beginning May 4) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions. The Marina Store remains closed and there are no bike and paddle craft rentals until further notice.

 - The Chickahominy Riverfront Park campground is open for stays of 14 days or longer, as permitted by Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five. Long-term camping is an activity that can be done safely within social distancing guidelines. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are also open and available.

 - The County’s tennis courts and pickleball courts are open, available for singles play only. The tennis courts are located at Jamestown High School, Warhill High School and Lafayette High School. At Veterans Park, only the eight pickle ball courts are open, 7 a.m. to sunset daily.

Patrons must practice social distancing; please maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet and groups of more than 10 are prohibited. Dogs must be leashed and under the complete and immediate control of their owner at all times. For the complete list of park amenity openings and closings, visit 

Business Updates
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is requesting businesses complete the Blueprint to Get Virginians Back to Work Survey. The survey is 14 questions and should take about five minutes to complete. Survey deadline is Friday, May 15. Survey: For more information about the Blueprint to Get Virginians Back to Work plan, visit the Economic Development website:

The Commonwealth of Virginia is requesting feedback from businesses in the form of a survey to get a better sense of personal protective equipment (PPE) needs from Virginia businesses as you look to reopen. The results of this survey could provide a better sense of businesses’ confidence levels regarding PPE needs as Virginia considers reopening the economy, as well as what role businesses would like state government to play.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: You can view the May 1 news online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

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

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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