September 2, 2020

Plan Ahead for Labor Day Weekend: Navigate Traffic, Adhere to Health Guidelines

People planning to visit the Oceanfront during the last holiday weekend of the summer should expect larger-than-normal crowds. When the amount of traffic entering the Resort exceeds the capacity in the area, for safety reasons, vehicles traveling I-264 eastbound may be diverted at Parks Avenue and redirected westbound on I-264. These diversions, which ease congestion and maintain access for emergency vehicles, could occur anytime between 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 and 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6.When traffic is diverted, the eastbound exit for South Birdneck Road and the westbound exit for First Colonial Road may be closed. Other routes into the Resort Area will remain open: General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach Boulevard, Laskin Road and Shore Drive.The City has partnered with WAZE to provide real-time traffic updates. Download the WAZE app for free from Google Play or the Apple Store. Health and Safety Requirements Still in Place. "We are still dealing with COVID-19 and have measures in place designed to increase our collective health and safety," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "The rate of new cases has been trending down and that's due to our collective efforts to wear masks in public buildings and other areas where maintaining physical distancing is not possible." People are encouraged to remain vigilant in taking the following precautions:Avoid large gatherings of people and sharing living spaces with people outside your immediate householdStay 6 feet apart from others whenever possible; wear a face covering when you unable to maintain that distance and when inside public buildings and spaces Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in public, particularly indoorsWash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not availableStay home when sick, except when seeking medical careAvoid close contact with people who are sick, including in your home.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouthClean and disinfect touched surfaces frequentlyCover coughs and sneezes when not wearing a face coveringAnyone who has been in a large gathering or other setting where social distancing and face covering were not being practiced should contact their healthcare provider or seek testing, say health officials. This is especially urged for persons who become symptomatic. For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach. For more public health information, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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