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Posted on: June 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] June 18, 4 p.m. Update - New Guidelines for High Density Testing; New Hours for Call Center

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Following Governor Ralph Northam’s recent announcement for Juneteenth to become a state holiday, James City County’s Board of Supervisors has approved Friday, June 19 as a holiday for County staff.

Most County offices and facilities will be closed in observance of the holiday. The following will remain open:

  • James City County Recreation Center
  • Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
  • Parks (Visit the website for details)
  • Convenience Centers and Garbage Transfer Station
  • Voter Registration and Elections office

Virginia Department of Health
The Peninsula Health District’s COVID-19 call center will be closed on Friday, June 19 in recognition of Juneteenth. They will reopen on Monday, June 22 with new hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  757-594-7069

Voter Registration and Elections 
Saturday, June 20 is the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person at 5300 Palmer Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The office will be open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. A photo ID is required.

Business Updates
Yesterday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the SBA reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 on Monday, June 15. 

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have released new guidelines for high density testing in the workplace. 

Business owners are encouraged to see if they qualify for a forgivable loan from the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund.

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

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: 757-594-7069, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 
- FEMA Rumor Control: 

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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