Virginia Beach announces reopening of city buildings, recreation centers

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 06:57:01-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The City of Virginia Beach announced the reopening of many more facilities as Virginia continues to move forward with Phase Two.

Virginia Beach facilities, such as the Virginia Aquarium, libraries, recreation centers and other buildings where city services are delivered, are set to reopen.

“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. 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.

The Virginia Aquarium is set to reopen Friday.

Small neighborhood playgrounds will reopen Wednesday, but district park playgrounds will remain closed to limit crowds.

Recreation centers will reopen June 22 in two phases for current members only, by reservation. The Great Neck and Princess Anne locations will start the reopening phases. The other five centers will announce reopening online by July 6.

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 a spot.

Library buildings will remain closed, however lobbies and drive-through windows will offer holds pickups at all locations except for the Wahab Public Law Library, starting June 22.

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, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from10 a.m. to 5 p.m.