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Posted on: June 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] June 15, 4 p.m. Update - Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot by Mail is 5 p.m., June 16, 2020

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

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.

Voter Registration and Elections 
Tomorrow, June 16, 2020, is the deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you for the June 23 election. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST. You may fax or email your application as an attachment or send it by postal mail to the elections office. 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:

Business Updates
Free Cloth Masks Available – If you are a County business owner and need masks for your employees, please send an email to We have free cloth masks provided by FEMA. Please provide your name, business name, phone number and the number of masks you would like to receive. Masks will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

As Virginians return to work, child care is a critical workforce support. To better understand employer perspectives on the child care needs of employees, employers across the Commonwealth need to complete a short survey. Responses will inform Back to Work Virginia: A Child Care Recovery and Renaissance Task Force whose recommendations for an improved child care system will support Virginia’s families, businesses and economy.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Parks & Recreation 
The Upper County Park pool is now open daily, noon-6 p.m. for lap swimming and water walking only. There’s no fee for pool use, but use is strictly limited to those two activities. Free swim, recreational swim and all other activities in the pool area are not permitted at this time. Patrons must complete a health screening upon entry, and patrons exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted entry. All patrons must wear a mask while out of the water and on the pool deck. The concession stand will be open and selling drinks and other packaged products. At Jamestown Beach Event Park, the beachfront is 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. County park playgrounds, shelters, most athletic fields, basketball courts for individual play and pickleball, volleyball and tennis courts are open. For the complete list of park amenity openings/closings, visit or call 757-259-5360.

The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center are open to regular operating hours. Reopening details and social distancing guidelines are available at

Summer camps, classes and activities are scheduled to begin June 29. Registration is open. For program and camp offerings and descriptions, dates, cost and all registration information, please visit our website.

Celebrate the longest day of the year by joining Parks & Recreation for the Longest Day of the Play! On Saturday, June 20, we’ve got classes, programs and activities for ages and the addition of virtual programs to participate in from home. We’re offering fitness classes, paddling, trivia night, photo contests, mountain bike trials and more! All activities are free. For the complete list of Longest Day offerings, 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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