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Our first concern is always the health and safety of our residents and visitors. We are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health as we make decisions about City activities and services. This is a quickly evolving situation so please check back here regularly or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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- Chesapeake Public Libraries will no longer offer Curbside Pickup Services.
- Chesapeake Animal Services has suspended their Adoptions by Appointment program.
- View the Proposed Operating Budget Presentation online and submit your comments to email@example.com.
- The Chesapeake Expressway has temporarily stopped accepting cash and credit cards at toll booths in an effort to practice social distancing. Tolls will still be required but will be collected through an electronic process. Learn more on ChesapeakeExpressway.com.
- All City offices and facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Essential City services will continue to be maintained. Conduct business online or call the Customer Contact Center (757-547-2489) during regular business hours.
- Chesapeake Public Schools are closed through the end of the school year.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest orders from Governor Ralph Northam at Virginia.gov/Coronavirus
Service UpdatesItems are updated daily or as often as needed.
- ANIMAL SERVICES: The shelter is closed to the public, and all Adoptions by Appointment have been canceled. If you are missing a pet, visit CityofChesapeake.net/AnimalServices to see if your pet is listed. If it is, call 757-382-8080 (option1) to make arrangements. Snout and About is suspended during the closure.
- ASSISTED LIVING GUIDANCE: The Department of Social Services offers this guidance to assisted living facilities.
- BUSINESSES/EMPLOYER RESOURCES: Chesapeake Economic Development is tracking updates and resources specific to businesses. Find their information at ChesapeakeVA.Biz/COVID19.
- CHESAPEAKE INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare is providing services via phone and video conferencing. See available resources or call 757-547-9334 for direction.
CHILD CARE GUIDANCE: The Department of Social Services offers this guidance to child care providers
- CITY OFFICES: City offices and facilities are CLOSED to the public until further notice. City employees will still report for work and all essential City services will be maintained during the closure. To conduct City business, visit CityofChesapeake.net/Online-Services or call 757-382-2489 or the department you need to work with.
- COURTS: Chesapeake Circuit Court's operating schedule and the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency have been posted to the Circuit Court's web page. The Chesapeake Circuit Court building will close at 4:00 p.m. each day. There are also changes to the Juvenile District & Domestic Relations Court and the General District Court (UPDATED March 30, 2020). For details, contact the General District Court or the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court directly.
- DEVELOPMENT & PERMITS: Residents are strongly encouraged to use online resources for permits and other services. For details on how to conduct other business with the Department of Development and Permits, visit their webpage or call them at 757-382-6018.
- DMV: The DMV Select in City Hall, in addition to the drop box, will remain closed while City Hall is closed to the public. For the latest on Virginia DMV customer service center schedules and information visit DMVNow.com/COVID19.
DONATIONS: The best way to help is through monetary donations made to United Way and designate City of Chesapeake. They have a system in place to accept donations and get residents what they need. Donations would primarily go to schools for feeding children while schools are closed, as well as feeding the elderly. To donate visit http://igfn.us/form/stVB2A. If you're a business looking to donate unopened PPE (N95 masks, gloves, eye protection), please use this form.
- EVENTS (City & Private): Many events are or may be cancelled over the next several weeks. Before attending an event, be sure to check with the events organizer to see if it is still taking place.
- FOODBANK: The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia has opened additional food distribution sites at selection YMCA locations. The Chesapeake location is the Greenbrier Family YMCA (1033 Greenbrier Pkwy) which will open for food distribution on Fridays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- HOTLINE: Due to the overwhelming demand of COVID-19 phone calls at local Health Districts, a regional COVID-19 Hotline has been established: 757-683-2745. Hotline hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.
- LIBRARIES: All Chesapeake Public Library branches are CLOSED to the public until further notice. All library programs and events are cancelled until further notice, including all curbside pickup services. Access the library's vast collection of digital services at Infopeake.org.
- MOSQUITO CONTROL: Chesapeake Mosquito Control is temporarily suspending inspections and treatments of individual properties. They will respond to all mosquito service requests by performing a general inspection of the problem area and treating immature mosquitoes in standing water in open or common areas. When the spray season begins, they will also be spraying for adult mosquitoes in the evening. You can help prevent the spread of mosquitoes by inspecting your yards and tipping/tossing items that could hold water.
- PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM: All Community Centers and park amenities (Skate Park at Chesapeake City Park, all City Dog Parks, all City Outdoor Courts, Park Restrooms, all City Playgrounds) are CLOSED to the public until further notice. Open space and trails in parks will remain open but social distancing must be maintained. All athletic activities permitted on City or School property through Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) as well as City-sponsored athletic leagues are suspended.
- PUBLIC UTILITIES: The Public Utilities Department will suspend water cutoffs until further notice. All other Public Utility services will be maintained. Remember that if it isn't toilet paper, it's not flushable!
- RESTAURANTS: In keeping with the Governor’s orders announced on Monday, March 23, restaurant dining rooms must close to the public for at least 30 days. Restaurants are, however, encouraged to use carry-out, delivery, or drive-thru services.
- SCHOOLS: Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) are CLOSED through the end of the school year. For information on meal availability and instructional materials visit CPSchools.com.
- The School Board Meeting scheduled for March 23 has been rescheduled for April 9.
- The School Board Meeting scheduled for March 23 has been rescheduled for April 9.
- TOLLS: The Chesapeake Expressway has temporarily stopped accepting cash and credit cards at toll booths in an effort to practice social distancing. Tolls will still be required but will be collected through an electronic process. Learn more on ChesapeakeExpressway.com.
- TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION: There are no changes to curb-side collection schedules. SPSA has reduced their hours for residential drop-off. Residents can drop off items at the SPSA Greenbrier Transfer Station on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to Noon and on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste drop off remains unchanged.
VOTING: The Virginia Department of Elections encourages absentee voting in light of COVID-19. Absentee voting for the May local election starts on Friday, March 20. You must apply by April 28. Residents are encouraged to use online options for registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot which can be found at CityofChesapeake.net/Vote. For those who need in-person help, curbside service will be available at the Chesapeake Voter Registrar’s Office, 411 Cedar Rd, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents should park and call 757-277-9797 for assistance.
Local State of Emergency
Chesapeake City Manager Chris Price declared a Local State of Emergency at 2:00 p.m. on March 13 for the City of Chesapeake. This declaration enables the City to begin to access resources which would be necessary should conditions change.
Guidance for Staying Healthy
For official up-to-date information on COVID-19 and protection tips, visit the Virginia Department of Health's information page.
Both the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recommended avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people and maintaining social distancing.