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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders 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.New Episode AvailableCounty Administrator Scott Stevens joins us on This Week in James City County to talk about recent Board of Supervisors meetings, the proposed budget and COVID-19. Check it out and let us know what you think! https://youtu.be/NUStC992HbAPersonal Property and Real Estate TaxesJames City County personal property and real estate tax bills have been mailed and are due Friday, June 5. If you do not receive your tax bill by May 15, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705. Taxes are still due even if you did not receive the bill.The Board of Supervisors voted on May 5 to not charge a late payment penalty for personal property tax payments made between June 6, 2020 and midnight, Aug. 5, 2020. Interest will be charged at a rate of rate of ten percent (10%) per annum (about .83% monthly) for all payments made after June 5, 2020. Visit the website for more information: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3919 Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from a person before they have symptoms. Take action to slow the spread by wearing a cloth face covering in public spaces, keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance, and frequently washing your hands. A cloth face covering can be made from items around your home, such as a scarf or cloth napkin. Make sure the covering reaches above your nose and below your chin. Have questions? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html Scams Are you familiar with all of the new scams surrounding COVID-19? From work-at-home schemes to phony websites offering unapproved COVID-19 treatments or vaccines, scammers are preying on fears. Visit our website to learn more about these scams and what you can do to protect yourself. Please also share this information with your older friends and family members since they are often targeted. As always, if you’re unsure, please call JCCPD at 757-566-0112 before providing personal or financial information to anyone that you do not know! https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3761/COVID-19-Scams
Business UpdatesThe U.S. Food & Drug Administration has released a new checklist for restaurants that are reopening. https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/best-practices-re-opening-retail-food-establishments-during-covid-19-pandemic There is also a printable PDF version available: https://www.fda.gov/media/137867/download.Webinar Reminder: Online Sales - How Your Business Can Expand Online on Wednesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. Virginia Community Capital has partnered with Taking Stock Project Management to present a free webinar focused on helping businesses review and evaluate various online sales options, how to setup and costs to operate, security and how to cross promote. Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3FWAmcIrRTW5H1wR6YaU7Q Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=356. Previous messages are available online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?PRVMSG=356.For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751.Parks & RecreationCheck out our new Virtual Programming page where you’ll find fun activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. New this week – sign up for the Tour D’ Trails mountain bike trials for some friendly competition, reduce your stress though play and fun online games, create your own DIY therapeutic activities, take the panoramic tour of Yosemite National Park and the Ford’s Theatre, plus virtual health and wellness opportunities abound through the College of William & Mary’s Department of Health & Wellness. Check out our new list of 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://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3950Park Updates: - The James City County Marina Store service window is open daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions. The Marina Store remains closed and there are no bike and paddle craft rentals until further notice. - The Chickahominy Riverfront Park campground is currently open for stays of 14 days or longer, as permitted by Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five. Beginning June 11, in accordance with the order, the campground will accept short-term campers (stays of 13 days or less). Camping is an activity that can be done safely within social distancing guidelines. The Guest Services building remains closed, but campers may make reservations by calling 757-258-5020. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are also open and available. - The County’s tennis courts and pickleball courts are open, available for singles play only. The tennis courts are located at Jamestown High School, Warhill High School and Lafayette High School. At Veterans Park, only the eight pickle ball courts are open, 7 a.m. to sunset daily.Olde Towne Medical and Dental CenterOlde Towne Medical and Dental Center is open and providing patient care through virtual visits. If patients are interested in scheduling a virtual visit, we ask that they call our main line at 757-259-3258. Both current and new patients are welcome. During this time, our operating hours have changed to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.We will begin a soft-opening on Monday, May 11 and will be offering a very limited number of face to face appointments. All patients who enter the building are being asked to bring and wear a face mask. At this time, visitors are not permitted in OTMDC to accompany a patient to an appointment, unless the patient is under 18 years of age. Upon arrival, all patients will be screened and have their temperature taken at the door.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