Virginia Beach announces reopening of city buildings as state moves into Phase Three

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 18:04:34-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The City of Virginia Beach announces the reopening of more facilities as Virginia moves into Phase Three.

The Virginia Aquarium, libraries, recreation centers and other buildings throughout Virginia Beach is set to reopen.

The Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center will reopen to families and individuals experiencing homelessness or in imminent danger of losing their housing. As always, those experiencing trouble should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Referrals will be conducted by phone.

Triage and screening for homeless services remain closed to walk-ins, however the following services will reopen under modified operations and with precautions in place, including:

  • Requiring all staff, volunteers and guests 10 and older to wear face coverings (in accordance with the Virginia Governor's Executive Order 63).
  • Maintaining 6-feet social distancing, increased cleaning and sanitization (especially high-contact surfaces) and providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.
  • Partial reopening of day services starting July 13: Laundry, showers, housing support, and one meal for unsheltered adults available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7 a.m., to 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., to 3 p.m.; and on Wednesday, 7 a.m., to 11:30 a.m.

Capacity is limited and services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Southeastern Virginia Health System, the health services provider at the Housing Resource Center, is accepting patients by appointment only:

  • Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Telehealth appointments are also offered when appropriate

Comprehensive primary care health services offered for adults and children include exams, immunizations, health education, nutrition counseling, medication assistance, and lab services.

Department of Human Services will reopen on July 6.

All services will be open to the public except for the Behavioral Health & Developmental Services Day Programs.

Visitors over the age of 10 should wear face coverings when meeting face-to-face with staff. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in all interactions.

Visitation at group homes, Intermediate Care Facilities and the Juvenile Detention Center remain suspended until further notice.

Emergency crisis services will continue to be available 24/7.

Building capacity at facilities will be limited to 50%. Clients and family members may be asked to wait in their vehicle until the appointed time if the building capacity has been reached.

Planning & Community Development offices will reopen to the public by appointment only on July 6:

  • Site plan release/surety posting
  • Limited DSC comment review meetings
  • Residential alterations not exceeding 500 square feet
  • Residential interior alterations
  • Commercial interior alterations less than 2,500 square feet for Use Groups B, M, S, and F.
  • Appointments will be scheduled in one-hour increments. To schedule an appointment please call (757) 385-4621.
  • Staff continues to encourage submittals be dropped off in the building vestibule drop box or online.
  • July 27 – Office open to the public following social distancing and sanitizing protocols
    • In-person meetings will be limited to 10 or fewer individuals.
    • Staff continues to encourage submittals be dropped off in the building vestibule drop box or online.

The city's Purchasing Office will conduct most Pre-Bids and Bids virtually.

Those attending bid openings are asked to wear face coverings. The public is required to remain in the reception area while waiting for a meeting to begin.

Access to employee offices will not be allowed unless an individual meeting request is made. There is a drop box at the front of the building to drop off box for bid proposal submissions.