COVID-19 Updates and Reminders
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.
Household Chemical Collection
VPPSA (Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority) will host a Household Chemical Collection on June 13, 8 a.m.-noon at Warhill High School, 4615 Opportunity Way. All collections are open to the residents of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Hampton and Poquoson. Proof of residency may be required. Event staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and remove items from vehicles.
VPPSA holds 16 household chemical collection events per year and accepts a variety of paints, fuels, solvents, pesticides, automotive products and other chemicals. Visit vppsa.org for more information.
30 County businesses have received funding from the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund. More funding is still available. https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4036 Apply online: https://va30dayfund.com/
Businesses are invited to view a comprehensive overview of COVID-19 resources and the Virginia Chamber’s “Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work Plan.” https://getvabacktowork.com/getting-virginia-back-to-work/
Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=356.
For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751.
Parks & Recreation
The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center are scheduled to resume operations on June 15. Reopening details and social distancing guidelines are available at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/24983/Center-Operations-Plan-6-15-20-PDF
Parks & Recreation is scheduled* to resume summer camps, classes and activities on June 29. Registration is open. For 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.
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 larger than 10’x10’ 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