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Posted on: May 22, 2020

May 22, 4 p.m. Update - Memorial Day Closings, Reminder About Beach Activities and more

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Reminders 

Memorial Day Closings
Most County services will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Public safety services and County parks will remain open, however, not all park amenities may be available. As a reminder, in accordance with Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five, most beaches in Virginia remain closed to all activities except fishing and exercise. At Jamestown Beach Event Park, visitors can exercise on the beach, fish in the fishing area and launch paddle craft in the designated launch area. However, sunbathing, sitting and standing on the beachfront are NOT permitted. Wading, playing and floating in the water are also not permitted.

Please practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups of more than ten. For more information on County parks and trails, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3978

Convenience Centers and the Garbage Transfer Station will be closed, Monday, May 25.

Curbside recycling will not be collected on Monday, May 25. Monday’s recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday and so on. Recycling will return to the regular schedule on Monday, June 1.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
When you get an antibody blood test, your blood is checked for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3gfQIMA

Historical Commission 
The Historical Commission will meet Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held electronically pursuant to the Continuity of Government Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on April 14, 2020. Details: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3970

Business Updates 
Business owners are encouraged to see if they qualify for a forgivable loan from the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund. https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/3771/Greater-Williamsburg-Small-Business-Reli

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. https://williamsburg.score.org/content/find-mentor-148 

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=356. Previous messages are available online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?PRVMSG=356.

For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751.

Parks & Recreation 
James City County plans* to resume Parks & Recreation summer programming on June 29! For specific program and camp offerings and descriptions, dates, cost and all registration information, please visit our website starting June 1 (https://jamescitycountyva.gov/635/Parks-Recreation). Programs will follow social distancing and other safety procedures as outlined by CDC and the Governor of Virginia.

*Camp/class offerings are limited and subject to change based on CDC and Governor’s timelines and recommendations.

Parks & Recreation wants to help you and your family stay engaged while feeling “safer at home.” Our Virtual Programming page offers outlets for activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. Check out the latest offerings at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3765/Virtual-Programming and our ongoing list of programming at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/24687/Ongoing-Virtual-Programs-PDF.

Voter Registration and Elections 
The next election for James City County voters is Tuesday, June 23 and it is a primary. The deadline to register for the June 23 polling day or to update your address or other registration information is Tuesday, May 26.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage all James City County Voters to Vote from Home by absentee ballot. Visit the website for your options for obtaining an application or making your request: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/1044/Voter-Registration-Elections

Personal Property and Real Estate Taxes
James City County personal property and real estate tax bills have been mailed and are due Friday, June 5. If you did not receive your tax bill, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705. Taxes are still due even if you did not receive the bill.

The Board of Supervisors voted on May 5 to not charge a late payment penalty for personal property tax payments made between June 6, 2020 and midnight, Aug. 5, 2020. Interest will be charged at a rate of rate of ten percent (10%) per annum (about .83% monthly) for all payments made after June 5, 2020. Visit the website for more information: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3919 

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. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3822 

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
- https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covid
- www.facebook.com/jamescitycounty
- www.twitter.com/jamescitycounty

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH): www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, 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): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ 
- FEMA Rumor Control: www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control 

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer
757-272-3337; renee.dallman@jamescitycountyva.gov

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