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Posted on: May 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] May 28, 4 p.m. Update - Information on Masks; Free Signage Available for Businesses

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders 

Mask Up Virginia - Help Reduce the Risk of Transmission

  • Starting Friday, May 29 at 12 a.m., any person age 10 or older must wear a face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through and spending time in indoor public settings.
  • A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf or bandana.
  • Wearing a face covering does not take the place of other public health precautions like maintaining six feet of physical distance between yourself and others, and proper sanitation and personal hygiene.

For more information on exceptions and more, visit

For tips on making sew and no-sew masks at home, visit 

Business Updates
The Virginia Department of Health has expanded the business section of their website and added a toolkit of signage available for businesses to print and use. Signage is available in English and Spanish.

The National Restaurant Association has updated their guidance for restaurants reopening.

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 
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 ( 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 and our ongoing list of programming at

For information on parks and available amenities, visit  

Voter Registration and Elections 
The next election for James City County voters is Tuesday, June 23 and it is a primary. 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:

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: 

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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