June 16, 2020

City Announces Reopenings for Services and Popular Gathering Spots

We Can’t Wait to See You!

​More City of Virginia Beach facilities are reopening to the public soon. This includes the Virginia Aquarium, libraries, recreation centers and other buildings throughout Virginia Beach where City services are delivered. "We are excited to reopen and welcome the public back into our buildings," said Acting City Manager Tom Leahy. "Part of our reopening protocols is to ensure the environments are safe, healthy and secure for the public and employees."The Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, and Office of the City Treasurer are all open to the public. The Commissioner of the Revenue's Office is open by appointment only. The state's DMV Select services provided through the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office will not be open until a later date. All functions and services provided by Planning & Community Development are available, including Permits and Inspections. Staff is still accepting submittals dropped off in the building vestibule and online. Call (757) 385-4621 for more information.Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center - Friday, June 19New safety measures have been developed to keep guests, staff, volunteers and animals safe, including:Requiring online reservations to create a touch-free payment processLimiting capacity with timed tickets, both for members and general admissionRequiring guests 10 and older, staff, and volunteers to wear face coverings (in accordance with the Virginia Governor's Executive Order 63)Creating one-way paths throughout the AquariumProviding additional hand sanitizing stations around the AquariumIncreasing sanitation procedures for high-contact surfaces in the AquariumNot accepting reservations between 1 to 2 p.m. each day so staff can conduct additional thorough cleaning and sanitizationComplying with all state and local regulations concerning COVID-19Other temporary changes include closing the café and snack stand; not offering special programs, behind-the-scenes tours, and scheduled feeding presentations; and not hosting private events, summer camps or school programs. Additionally, the Virginia Aquarium Giant Screen Theater will be closed. Complete details are posted at www.virginiaaquarium.com.Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Wednesday, June 17 - Small neighborhood playgrounds will reopen, however, district park playgrounds will remain closed to limit crowds, per the Governor's Phase II guidelines.Monday, June 22 - Recreation centers will reopen in two phases for current members, by reservation only, starting with the Great Neck and Princess Anne locations. The other five centers will come online on July 6, provided all goes smoothly with the first phase. There will be capacity limits and 10-foot spacing required in exercise areas.Online reservations will be required to access the centers and each activity including group fitness (available for Premier, Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active members only), weight rooms, indoor multipurpose pools, and the gymnasiums for non-contact sports like pickleball and badminton. Members will be notified by email of what is available and how to reserve spots.Complete details will be posted at VBgov.com/reopen.Virginia Beach Public Library Will Offer Holds Pickups Monday, June 22Library buildings will remain closed, however lobbies and drive-through windows will offer holds pickups at all locations except for the Wahab Public Law Library. Customers should not go to the library until they receive an email, text or phone notification from VBPL that their holds are ready. Holds pickup service will be offered Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Digital checkouts and programming will continue to be offered. VBPL has been accepting material returns since June 8 at seven locations. Holds pickups are another initial step in the library's phased reopening plan to safely resume in-person library services. Visit VBgov.com/libraries for additional details. ReminderGovernor Ralph Northam's Executive Order 63 currently requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings, including state or local government buildings, when accessed for the purpose of securing public services, to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.# # #

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