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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders Most James City County offices, facilities and libraries are closed to walk-in traffic. The County continues to provide most services by appointment, by phone or online. Visit jamescitycountyva.gov or call 757-253-6728 for more information on individual departments and services. County parks and trails are open, and visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines. For more information about park amenities, call 757-259-5360.As we enter Phase 1, please remember the following important tips from the Virginia Department of Health:
Practice Social Distancing.
Wash Your Hands Frequently to Limit the Spread of Germs.
Wear Cloth Face Coverings in the Community.
For more information about Phase 1, visit:
Business UpdatesJames City County is pleased to announce that it has allocated $500,000 to the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund. At their May 12 meeting, the Board of Supervisors unanimously allocated funding to support a contribution to the Greater Williamsburg Business Relief Fund, which was established by the Williamsburg Community Foundation and the Greater Williamsburg Partnership in partnership with the VA 30 Day Fund at the end of April. The Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund provides forgivable loans to businesses located in the Greater Williamsburg region. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3951 The. U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a publication, “Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business” that may be helpful for small business owners. https://www.uschamber.com/reopening-business PDF: https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/uschamber_reopen_guide.pdf The Center for Disease Control & Prevention has compiled a list of business FAQ to assist business owners. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.htmlBusiness owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=356. You can view the May 15 news online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicSend/ViewMessage/message/112745.For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751.Parks & RecreationParks & 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. New this week – let us bring the outdoors to you during Parks to Kids Day, test your artistic abilities in the Cartoon Challenge, sign up for the fun Family Trivia Night, banish the boredom for teens with indoor and DIY projects, and answer the call of the wild by exploring your common backyard birds! Get the details on this new programming 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 list is updated weekly.James City County has a variety of opportunities available in our parks to maintain your mental wellness and connect to nature during these uncertain times. Whether you want to get some exercise or reduce your stress, we can help. All County parks are open; however, patrons must practice social distancing. Please maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet and groups of 10 or more are prohibited. Dogs must be leashed and under the complete and immediate control of their owner at all times. For the complete list of park amenity openings and closings, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3950. Park Updates:The Chickahominy Riverfront Park campground is open for all length of camp stays. Per the Governor’s phased reopenings, camping is an activity that can be done safely within social distancing guidelines The Guest Services building remains closed, but campers can make reservations and complete other transactions by calling 757-258-5020 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Beginning Thursday, May 21, the Guest Services service window will open 11a.m. – 4 p.m. daily for the sale of ice, firewood and other transactions. The Guest Services building will remain closed until further notice. Paddlecraft rentals are not available at this time. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are open and available.Social ServicesHave 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 1-800-787-3224For more information- Hotline: 757-564-2140- https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covid- www.facebook.com/jamescitycounty- www.twitter.com/jamescitycountyCoronavirus 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 Media Contact:Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer757-272-3337; firstname.lastname@example.org