COVID-19 Updates and Reminders
Beginning today, June 8, our daily 4 p.m. update with change to a twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. We will be sure to continue to send urgent information as needed.
Most County facilities are open to the public by appointment or for limited walk-in traffic. For the complete list, visit the website. County parks are open, but please check park amenity openings and closings or call 757-259-5360 before heading out. To reach a specific County department, see the directory or call 757-253-6728.
Per Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Sixty-Three, face coverings are required in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of COVID-19. We ask that citizens practice social distancing in County parks and facilities.
To assist public health officials contain the spread of COVID-19 in overlooked, under-tested, underserved and/or uninsured communities, Sentara Healthcare is offering free testing tomorrow, June 9, from 1-6 p.m. at James River Elementary School. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4006
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
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
Parks & Recreation summer camps and classes are scheduled to resume* on June 29! For specific program and camp offerings and descriptions, dates, cost and all registration information, please visit our website. Programs will follow social distancing and other safety procedures as outlined by CDC and the Governor of Virginia. *Camp/class offerings are subject to change based on CDC and Governor’s timelines and recommendations.
Engage in Parks & Recreation programming all while feeling “safer at home!” Our Virtual Programming page offers opportunities for activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. New this week – discover more about your ancestors through genealogy, put the pieces together in our online park jigsaw puzzle and if your children are interested in weather forecasting, they can learn more about clouds, wind and drought through fun activities and experiments. 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.
The beachfront at Jamestown Beach Event Park is now open to all swimmers and sunbathers. Park visitors are required to continue to practice social distancing and limit groups to no more than 10 people. Please note: visitors are not permitted to use tents or group umbrellas or participate in group sports (such as volleyball, football, Frisbees, etc.) on the sandy beach. Parking fees for nonresidents has resumed at the beach, for details visit us online. Parking is available, but limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the park reaches vehicle capacity, no other vehicles will be permitted in unless one leaves—there will be no pick-up or drop-off once capacity is reached. The Observation Pier, water fountains and picnic tables remain closed until further notice. Grilling (personal nor park grills) is not permitted. Concessions are anticipated to reopen on June 8. All County parks are open; however, many park amenities remain closed. For information on openings/closings, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3980 or call 757-259-5360.
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: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/1044/Voter-Registration-Elections
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
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
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer