Virginia Beach officials clarify beach access rules

Swimming is exercise and is a permissible activity
Posted at 8:39 AM, Mar 31, 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The City of Virginia Beach would like to clarify a few rules after Governor Northam spoke about the different things you can not do at the Oceanfront.

Part of Northam's stay at home order focused on limiting activities on beaches and in parks to exercising and fishing.

Swimming was mistakenly included as an example in a list of activities that are not permitted. Swimming is exercise and is a permissible activity. People have also asked about surfing and paddleboarding - which both of those activities also are allowed under the executive order.

The City says they continue to provide essential services with a focus on maintaining the health and safety of residents and employees. Some temporary operational modifications have been implemented to provide services with minimal to no public contact in the areas where that is feasible.

For example, while many facilities have been closed to the public, but Virginia Beach officials says they've moved many services online and staff is available by email, phone, teleconferencing or mail.

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The City Council will hold a 'Special Meeting by Electronic Communication Means' beginning at 6 p.m. to consider four items to address the COVID-19 emergency and to discuss tax relief necessitated by the pandemic.

Although no citizen comments will be taken with respect to the discussion on tax relief, citizens are encouraged to submit comments on the four resolutions and ordinances to the City Council prior to the special meeting via email or at this link.

People wanting to comment should follow a two-step registration process:

  1. Register at this link
  2. Register with the City Clerk’s Office by calling (757) 385-4303 or via email at prior to 5:30 p.m. on March 31.

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