City of Waynesboro COVID-19 Updates

 

City of Waynesboro COVID-19 response updated March 26, 2020

The City of Waynesboro is committed to ensuring that all essential services necessary for public health and safety continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response. By working together to observe best practices for hygiene and isolation, citizens can help prevent an outbreak in our community. Here is what you need to know about City services and facilities:

  • City events, programs and/or gatherings held on City property are canceled until further notice. This includes Riverfest, the Park to Park ½ Marathon, the Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium, Egg Hunt, Petpawlooza, Rosenwald Block Party, and the South River Fly-Fishing Expo.

 

  • The Charles Yancey Municipal Building (City Hall) is closed until further notice.  The Treasurer’s drive-through window and drop-box will remain open. The City encourages citizens to conduct business with the City, including paying utility bills, online or by telephone or email.

 

  • Public Works is asking that all refuse customers consider handling their garbage cans with gloved hands or use other sanitary means when handling cans (such as handwashing after handling) during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Public Works administration building is closed to the public, but staff are still available via phone 540-942-6624 or email publicworks@ci.waynesboro.va.us .

 

  • The Waynesboro City General Registrar is encouraging the use of absentee voting by mail, using the absentee code 2A. No supporting information is required using this code. The deadline to request a ballot by mail for the May City election is April 28th. Voters can request an absentee ballot at www.elections.virginia.gov, by emailing jefferslp@ci.waynesboro.va.us, or by calling 540-942-6620.

 

  • Circuit Court proceedings are suspended until April 6, 2020. The court’s and clerk’s offices remain open and will address matters such as advisement of right to counsel, bond hearings, and emergency hearings. The Commonwealth Attorney’s office remains open, but citizens are asked to call the office at 540-942-6780 rather than coming in person.

 

  • Waynesboro Police Officers will continue to provide law enforcement services. However, they may take certain precautions while responding to calls, including asking to speak to citizens outside, working through situations over the phone, avoiding close contact, and wearing personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Some activities like the ride along program and employment fingerprinting have been suspended indefinitely. Citizens are asked to be patient with officers as they implement safeguards to protect themselves and our community.

 

  • The Tourist Information Center is closed until further notice. The Economic Development and Tourism Department is closed to the public, but staff are still available via phone or email.

 

  • The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority has enacted an emergency loan fund to aid small businesses who might be affected by shutdowns. The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has also implemented a COVID-19 Local Response Fund. Staff@WaynesboroBusiness.com

 

  • Office On Youth programs are currently canceled or postponed, but staff will continue to take referrals for future programs and classes. All court and school ordered youth services are continuing, but contacts may be modified. If you have questions, please visit www.officeonyouth.com or call 540-942-6757.

 

  • The Waynesboro Public Library is closed to patrons until further notice. Please keep any items you have checked out until they reopen. All due dates are extended, so don’t worry about any automated notifications you may receive. There are NO overdue fees while they are closed! All updates to services will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and WaynesboroPublicLibrary.org. Staff can help you access and navigate the many digital resources and answer questions. Call (540) 942-6746 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for assistance.

 

  • Rosenwald Community Center is closed to the public, open gym, public meetings, the Teen Room, and all classes are canceled until further notice.

 

  • All City of Waynesboro playgrounds, fenced baseball fields, basketball courts, and restrooms are closed. Open space areas including the South River Greenway, all parks, and Ridgeview Park tennis courts will remain open to engage in outdoor activities, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements. To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers.
    • While using our parks for exercise please remember to follow these recommendations:
    • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
    • Observe social distancing. Maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others. If this is not possible, users should find an alternative activity or depart the space.
    • Follow CDC guidance on recommended gathering sizes (currently, 10 or less) and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
    • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during, and after park or trail use.
    • Prepare for no access to public restrooms and water fountains. Bring hand sanitizer or wipes for personal use.
    • While on trails, warn others of your presence and your intention to pass. Step aside to allow others to pass, if necessary.
    • Consult local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.

Safe and responsible use of park space will allow for facilities to remain open as long as possible. Please be responsible. Contact Parks and Rec at 540-942-6735 or parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us with any questions.