COVID-19 Latest Update Regarding City Operations and the Commonwealth of Virginia
Learn about the most recent updates on the COVID-19 emergency affecting the City of Franklin as of March 24th, 2020.
Below are the latest updates regarding City operations and the Commonwealth of Virginia:
- All cities buildings and offices will remain closed to the public until further notice as we are currently operating. This will be evaluated every two weeks. This is in line with the other Hampton Roads localities.
- Public Gatherings: All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide, beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks, operations of the media, law enforcement agencies or operations of government.
- Northam also announced on Monday that he would be signing Executive Order 53, which would take effect at midnight on Tuesday, ordering some non-essential services, including all recreation and entertainment services, to close.
The order covers three categories of businesses:
- Recreational and entertainment businesses, like bowling alleys and theaters, which must close their doors by midnight on Tuesday.
- Non-essential retail stores, which are allowed to remain open so long as they can limit patrons to 10 at most, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, and follow CDC guidelines on sanitation.
- Restaurants and food service establishments, which can remain open for carry-out, curbside pickup, or delivery, but not in-house dining. Hair salons, barbers, massage therapists and similar non-essential services who can't feasibly carry out social distancing must close. Grocery stores, health services, businesses in supply chains, and other essential businesses will be able to remain open no matter what. Virginia ABC stores are also considered an essential service, Northam clarified in response to a reporter's question. The construction industry and construction supply stores are also considered essential services. The order will remain in effect for at least 30 days in Virginia, through Thursday April 23, 2020.
- Gov. Northam directed the Dept. of Social Services to modify Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy program, which is currently caring for 25,000 children, to increase support and flexibility for enrolled families and providers. These modifications include:
- Expanding eligibility for school-aged children currently designated for part-day care to full-day care.
- Increasing the number of paid absences from 36 to 76 days for both level 1 and level 2 providers.
- Automatically extending eligibility for families due for eligibility redetermination in the near future by 2 months and temporarily suspending the requirement for face-to-face interviews.
- Food distribution will continue at various locations throughout the City.
- For State Feeding Sites you can text food or comida to 877-877.
Please be advised there are no confirmed cases in the City of Franklin.
Thank you for your continued patience and support during these trying times. The situation is continuing to evolve quickly.
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