COVID-19 Update 3/17/20: Staff teleworking, business assistance, additional closures
City Manager Andrew Trivette sent City employees home at noon today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to begin the process of teleworking.
Eligible employees have been provided with the tools to be able to handle calls and services. “This step will help mitigate unintentional spread among employees who must report,” said Trivette. Because the water treatment plant must be staffed 24-hours a day, a work separation policy, meaning employees on duty must work away from each other, has been instituted until the spread of COVID-19 is stabilized. Public safety and first responders such as police and fire employees are also observing work separation and disinfecting vehicles and equipment regularly.
Other City changes include the closing of Waller Mill Park through March 30 and the closing of all park playgrounds. The City’s public information/rumor control telephone hotline has been upgraded to a staffed, 24-hour hotline. That number is (757) 259-7200. Please be mindful that while City staff can answer general questions, we cannot address medical concerns and may not be able to answer questions for other jurisdictions.
The Virginia Department of Health/Peninsula District call center number remains the same, (757) 594-7069.
The City’s Economic Development Department posted a business assistance page on the Yes Williamsburg website providing suggested actions local businesses can take for potential disaster relief.
The City is posting closures (City and city-related) on its website. In accordance with Governor Northam’s request for state residents to follow the federal government’s recommendation that Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, the following City meetings are cancelled:
- Planning Commission meeting (March 18)
- Architectural Review Board ARB meeting (March 24)
- Neighborhood Relations Committee NRC meeting (March 24)
- Planning Commission Work Session (March 25)
The City of Williamsburg continues to take action as appropriate to continue to provide City services while keeping residents and staff as protected as possible.
- The following City facilities will remain closed through March 30: Stryker Center, Municipal Building, Community Building, Quarterpath Recreation Center, Police Department and Fire Station (staff remains on duty).
- City Manager Andrew O. Trivette signed a Local Declaration of Emergency for the City of Williamsburg. The declaration allows the city greater access to resources during an emergency.