Town Crier
March 20, 2020
SPECIAL EDITION: County Response to COVID-19
County Government announces operational changes due to COVID-19 

Due to the continuing concerns of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and recommendations by state and national government to limit exposure to others, public access to all Gloucester County offices and buildings will remain suspended through March 31. This also puts the County in direct alignment with the President’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” efforts on slowing the disease’s spread and flattening the infection curve. Gloucester County continues to operate under a Local Emergency declaration. This is a precautionary security measure, which allows for the full powers of government to deal effectively with emergencies or hazardous weather conditions.

During this time, County staff is committed to continuing services to the public to every extent possible. The following link includes the latest information as to how various County departments and constitutional offices are continuing to operate over the coming weeks: 

Gloucester Cancels Daffodil Festival

Following Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s order to ban all events with 100 or more people, Gloucester County officials have announced that the 2020 Gloucester Daffodil Festival and all activities surrounding the annual event, which was scheduled for April 4-5, have been cancelled. 

“We fully support the Governor’s decision, but it’s not without heartache, as that means the annual Daffodil Festival must be cancelled,” said Katey Legg, director of Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. “Many people may not know the extent of the planning that goes into this event, even after 34 years. Staff and countless volunteers, businesses and community partners work yearround to bring this much-anticipated festival to the community and tourists alike. Through sponsors, volunteers, community partners, vendors, and the citizens, the Daffodil Festival is the opening event for Spring that we look forward to each year. We are saddened not to be able to offer this much-loved event in 2020, but we will be right back at planning for March 27-28, 2021.”

How to support local businesses during COVID-19

Local business is the backbone of Gloucester’s economy. With the COVID-19 pandemic on the minds of citizens across the globe, small businesses everywhere are being impacted. Locally, many small businesses are finding innovative ways of staying afloat during uncertain times. As consumers, many of us can help support our small businesses from the comforts of our homes, offices, cars, or other means while maintaining social distance. 

For all local business resources during this time of uncertainty, visit:

Gloucester County Public Schools will be closed to all students March 16-27

For updates Grab-n-Go Meal locations and schedule and distance learning opportunities, visit:
Click on The Beeline link above for activities in Gloucester county
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