County Operations Update

Thank you to our Solid Waste Management Team

Thank you to our Solid Waste Management Team

Thank you to our York County First Responders

Thank you to our York County First Responders

March 31, 2020 - 4:15 pm

Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five, announced and effective Monday, March 30, expands the closure of offices/facilities through June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

County-Sponsored Special Events

In accordance with the Governor’s “Temporary Stay at Home Order” (EO-55), all county-sponsored special events scheduled at the waterfront during the month of May have been either cancelled or postponed.

The Art at the River Juried Art Show originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3 is cancelled. The Art at the River Committee has opted to cancel vs postpone and is looking forward to the return of this prestigious community event on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

The hope at this time is for the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 2 to be moved to a later date yet to be determined.

All waterfront Yorktown Market Days have been cancelled through May 30, including the Wellness Market on May 9.

The York County Historical Committee’s Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Monday, May 25 at York Hall will also not take place this year. 

Reminder: all April events previously cancelled or postponed include Civil War Weekend; YMCA 10K/5K/1-mile Family Fun Run; Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters’ Backyard Oyster Roast; Go Green opening Farmers Market; Ferrari Invasion; Sister Cities French Market and Pirates Invade Yorktown Festival. Any June events, including the Sounds of Summer series, will be evaluated at a later date. All announcements and updates can be found at www.visityorktown.org 

Parks & Recreation

  • County parks are open. In order to keep them open for public use, park visitors must all practice social distancing and be in compliance with Governor Northam’s Monday, March 30 Stay at Home Order (read the order through the link at the top of this release).

All spring programs and facility rentals scheduled through June 10 have been cancelled or postponed. Registered participants are being notified.

The Senior Center of York is closed until further notice.

All playgrounds are closed.

Riverwalk Landing/Yorktown Beach

The Yorktown Beach is closed to all activity. This includes the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area and beach located west of the Coleman Bridge.

The Riverwalk Landing pathway is open for pedestrians. Rules of social distancing apply (stay six feet apart) with group size limited to no more than 10 people.

The Yorktown Fishing Pier is closed.

All public parking areas are closed, included the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, National Park Service Beach Picnic Area, Archer Cottage Lot (corner of Read and Water Streets), York Hall (301 Main Street), Yorktown Battlefield and Church Street lots.

All public restroom facilities are closed.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

March 30, 2020 - 10: 15 am

Due to the level of beach activity experienced this past weekend, effective immediately the Yorktown Beach is now closed to ALL activities. This closure also includes the National Park Service (NPS) Beach Picnic Area located at the end of Water Street as well as the NPS beach west of the Coleman Bridge.

“My hope in limiting the beach to pedestrian-only activity last week was for citizens to enjoy the beauty of the beach area while maintaining their distance and reducing their chance of exposure,” said Neil Morgan, York County Administrator. “Unfortunately, in the interests of public health and safety, all beach activity is now prohibited. To be clear, the sand on both sides of the bridge is off limits.”

This means that no one is permitted on the sand of the beach, on the National Park Service’s beaches, or on the grass at the Beach Picnic area.

Also included in the closure is all public restroom facilities at the waterfront and the Yorktown fishing pier.

For now, the Riverwalk Landing pathway remains open to individuals practicing social distancing. Parking restrictions remain in place.

These steps are being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health. If you have questions about what is/is not permitted, please call York County at (757) 890-3300.

March 27, 2020 - 2:00 pm

New Information re: County Programs/Services

Fishing Piers

York County’s fishing piers remain open. However, signage is posted reminding visitors to practice social distancing and ensure that no more than 10 individuals are on the pier at a time. York County’s fishing piers are located at the Yorktown Waterfront, Back Creek Park, Wormley Creek Boat Landing, Roger Smith Boat Landing, and New Quarter Park.

Waste Management Center

The Waste Management Center is open for the drop-off of trash and recyclables; the VPPSA Compost Facility is open. Citizens are asked to keep their household chemicals until the next household chemical collection event can be held. The list of events will be updated at www.vppsa.org. Please review the list of items that are accepted at our York County Drop-Off Center before bringing items that cannot be recycled. 

Recap of County Programs/Services

County Offices/Facilities/Meetings

Offices, facilities, playgrounds, and libraries are closed to the public. Staff is continuing to provide services to the community. Citizens are encouraged to visit the website – www.yorkcounty.gov – and utilize online payments, customer service requests, and more.

  • The Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for April 7 is cancelled.
  • The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 8 is cancelled.

Building Safety staff have implemented procedures for permit submissions, construction plan review, permit issuance, and field inspections. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/buildingsafety for details.

The Central Purchasing office staff will accept sealed Bids and Proposals that are delivered to the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard, in Yorktown.

Commissioner of the Revenue

Citizens are asked to conduct business via telephone, email, and website. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/revenue for contact information and the Forms portal.

A drop-box is located on the outside of the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard, for use by citizens who need to submit forms. 

Courts

Circuit – Business is being transacted by appointment only. Please visit the website for contact information. A drop-box is placed at the Courthouse’s front door security station for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/and recordings. Electronic recording and online payments are available online www.ypcircuitcourt.com.

General District – For court status, call (757) 890-3450 (option 8). The Clerk’s Office encourages citizens to make payments online at www.courts.state.va.us.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District – Many cases have been continued. Please call (757) 890-3470 for information.

Fire & Life Safety

Fire stations are closed to the public for visits/tours. Individuals who show up at a station with an emergency will be provided with appropriate care.

Libraries

Both branches of the library remain closed. Please keep checked out books and materials until we reopen. Due dates have been extended and we are not charging fines.

Staff is issuing library cards electronically so that patrons can access eBooks and digital resources. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/library or call (757) 890-5100 or (757) 890-3377. Got a question for a librarian? “Ask-A-Librarian” is available on the website.

The Library is holding a Live Stream Story Time on Facebook suited for children ages 1.5 to 6 years old. On Facebook, visit @yorkcountypubliclibrary. Visit the website for the schedule!

Office of Economic Development

The office has launched a COVID-19 Business Resource page and encouraging businesses to visit the site for helpful links and information that may be useful: https://www.yesyorkcounty.com/311/COVID-19-Business-Resources.

Staff has created a web page listing local businesses with store hours and services being offered (i.e. food delivery). Visit www.yesyorkcounty.com/openforbusiness for the listing of businesses and to add one to the list.

Local Charitable Organizations

During times of emergency, charitable organizations provide for the needs of many in the community. Consider donating your time or resources to the a charitable group, such as United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (https://www.uwvp.org/), Virginia Peninsula Food Bank (http://hrfoodbank.org/) and the American Red Cross (https://www.redcrossblood.org/), to help others in need.

Parks & Recreation

County parks are open. All playgrounds are closed.

County-sponsored events, programs, classes, and activities, including those outdoors, are cancelled.

The Senior Center of York is closed until further notice. 

Riverwalk Landing/Yorktown Beach

The beach is closed to sunbathing and swimming, including the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area and beach located west of the Coleman Bridge. The Yorktown Beach and Riverwalk Landing walkway are open for pedestrians. Rules of social distancing apply (stay six feet apart) with group size limited to no more than 10 people.

The following parking areas are closed: Upper level of Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, National Park Service Beach Picnic Area, Archer Cottage Lot (corner of Read and Water Streets), York Hall (301 Main Street)

The following public restroom facilities are closed: Yorktown Beach, Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace. NOTE: The public restroom facilities adjacent to the Freight Shed are open.

Sheriff’s Office

Gun Safety Class scheduled for March 31 has been cancelled.

National Drug Take Back event scheduled for April 25 has been cancelled. 

Social Media

Several York County offices maintain active Facebook accounts where information is posted regularly. Please consider “liking” or “following” these accounts to receive up-to-date information at www.facebook.com:

  • Government - @yorkcountyva
  • Fire & Life Safety - @yorkcountyfire
  • York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office - @YorkPoquosonSheriff
  • Office of Economic Development - @YesYorkVA
  • Visit Yorktown - @VisitYorktown
  • Public Library - @yorkcountypubliclibrary
  • School Division - @yorkcountyschoolsva

Social Services

A drop-box is located outside the building (301 Goodwin Neck Road) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citizens are asked to call (757) 890-3787 to speak with an employee.

After normal hours, child protective services complaints can be made by calling 1-800-552-7096. Adult protective service complaints can be made by calling 1-855-635-4370.

Citizens wishing to apply for benefits can do so 24-hours-a-day at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov or by calling 1-855-635-4370.

If a citizen has documents necessary for benefits, please use your smart phone, table, or computer and email them to benefit.programs@yorkcounty.gov. These can also be faxed to (757) 890-4980 or placed in the drop-box during normal business hours. 

Treasurer

Citizens are asked to conduct business via telephone, email, and website. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/treasurer for contact information.

A drop-box is located on the outside of the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard, for use by citizens in making payments. 

Tourism Development

Historic Yorktown operations and buildings are closed until further notice. This includes Trolley service, Gallery at York Hall, York County Historical Museum, and the Freight Shed.

County-sponsored or co-sponsored events from now until the end of April are cancelled or postponed including our opening Market Days event, the French Market, and Pirate Festival. As previously announced, the National Park Service’s Civil War Weekend, Victory at Yorktown 10K/5K/1Mile Family Fun Rn, and Ferrari Invasion are all cancelled.

Voter Registration

The Voter Registrar’s office, like all County offices/buildings, remains closed to the public. The Voter Registrar encourages voters to register or update their address online at www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal. Individuals without access to the Internet may call (757) 890-3440 to request an application be mailed to them. Once completed, the form may be returned via mail to York County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown VA 23690. For additional details, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.

Waste Management Update

The drop-off center and VPPSA Compost Facility are open.

York County’s Waste Management Division has seen an increase in the amount of household trash being collected this week. Our contracted trash collection provider, Republic Services, is working later each day to ensure all collections are complete. Residents are asked to leave their containers at the curbside on their collection day until their trash is picked up.

Citizens are reminded not to flush items that cannot be flushed. This includes “flushable” wipes, hygiene products, paper towels, tissues, cat litter, fats/oils/grease, etc.

The Keep American Beautiful group, along with York County Waste Management and Beautification Committee, ask everyone to refrain from community cleanup events during this time due to the Governor’s order for social distancing and the ban on groups of more than 10 people.

The Tire Recycling Event scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled.

The Shred Event scheduled in conjunction with the April 25 National Drug Take Back has been cancelled.

York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension

Master Gardener events are cancelled through the end of May, including Annual Plant Sale, Earth Day events, Library Talks, etc. For complete information, call (757) 890-4940.

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For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

March 25, 2020 - 4:30 pm

This email is part of an ongoing status update from York County. Prior updates are not included below, but are posted on our website.

Governor Northam extended the statewide closure of public schools for the remainder of the academic year. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Order Fifty-Three, which became effective at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses and bans all gathering of more than 10 people. 

Helping the Local Business Community
Members of the community have expressed interest in supporting local businesses during this challenging time. York County’s Office of Economic Development is maintaining a web page listing local businesses with store hours and services being offered (i.e. food delivery). Visit www.yesyorkcounty.com/openforbusiness for the listing of businesses. If residents and/or business owners know of one not included on the listing, please email the information to econdev@yorkcounty.gov. Check back often – the list is updated as we receive new information.

Local Charitable Organizations
During times of emergency, charitable organizations provide for the needs of many in the community. Consider donating your time or resources to the a charitable group, such as United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (https://www.uwvp.org/), Virginia Peninsula Food Bank (http://hrfoodbank.org/) and the American Red Cross (https://www.redcrossblood.org/), to help others in need.

Social Media
Several York County offices maintain active Facebook accounts where information is posted regularly. Please consider “liking” or “following” these accounts to receive up-to-date information at www.facebook.com:

  • Government - @yorkcountyva
  • Fire & Life Safety - @yorkcountyfire
  • York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office - @YorkPoquosonSheriff
  • Office of Economic Development - @YesYorkVA
  • Visit Yorktown - @VisitYorktown
  • Public Library - @yorkcountypubliclibrary
  • School Division - @yorkcountyschoolsva

Voter Registration
The Voter Registrar’s office, like all County offices/buildings, remains closed to the public. The Voter Registrar encourages voters to register or update their address online at www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal. Individuals without access to the Internet may call (757) 890-3440 to request an application be mailed to them. Once completed, the form may be returned via mail to York County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown VA 23690. For additional details, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.

Waste Management Update
York County’s Waste Management Division has seen an increase in the amount of household trash being collected this week. Our contracted trash collection provider, Republic Services, is working later each day to ensure all collections are complete. Residents are asked to leave their containers at the curbside on their collection day until their trash is picked up.

The Keep American Beautiful group, along with York County Waste Management and Beautification Committee, ask everyone to refrain from community cleanup events during this time due to the Governor’s order for social distancing and the ban on groups of more than 10 people.

March 24, 2020 - 4:00 pm

This email is part of an ongoing status update from York County. 

Yesterday, Governor Northam extended the statewide closure of public schools for the remainder of the academic year. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Order Fifty-Three, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, March 24), orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses and bans all gathering of more than 10 people. 

Board of Supervisors
The April 7 work session has been cancelled

County Offices
York County offices, facilities, playgrounds and libraries are closed to the public until further notice. Staff is reporting to work and continuing to provide services to the community. Citizens are encouraged to visit the website – www.yorkcounty.gov – and utilize online payments, customer service requests, and more.

Library

  • Got a question for a librarian? Digital collection assistance, library website questions, eBook troubleshooting…whatever the question, “Ask-A-Librarian.” Link is available at www.yorkcounty.gov/library or directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCPLAskaLibrarian.
  • The library is continuing its Live Stream Story Time on Facebook on Wednesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. suited for children ages 1.5 to 6 years old. On Facebook, visit @yorkcountypubliclibrary.

Tourism Development
The delay and suspension of Historic Yorktown operations and buildings has been extended until further notice. That includes: Trolley Service; Opening of Gallery at York Hall and the York County Historical Museum; the Riverwalk Landing Piers and the Freight Shed.

This also means we will have to cancel or postpone any county-sponsored or co-sponsored events from now until the end of April including our opening market, French Market, and Pirate Festival. As previously announced, the National Park Service’s Civil War Weekend; the Victory at Yorktown 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Ferrari Invasion are all canceled.

We will continue to evaluate the remaining spring events. For a list of all other gallery, museum, restaurant, shopping and lodging changes, please go to visityorktown.org and follow Visit Yorktown on social media.

York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension
Master Gardener activites and events have been canceled thru June 1 including Citizen Master Gardener Help Desk and Tree Visits. No plant/insect/weed samples will be accepted through the office until further notice.

For more information, call (757) 890-4940. 

Yorktown Beach
Earlier today, County Administrator Neil Morgan ordered the closure of the Yorktown Beach to sunbathing and swimming. This closure also includes the National Park Service (NPS) Beach Picnic Area located at the end of Water Street as well as the NPS beach west of the Coleman Bridge. The Yorktown Beach and Riverwalk Landing walkway are open for pedestrians. However, the rules of social distancing apply (stay six feet apart) with group size limited to no more than 10 people. For additional details, view the press release online.

March 24, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Effective immediately, York County has closed the Yorktown Beach to swimming and sunbathing. This closure also includes the National Park Service (NPS) Beach Picnic Area located at the end of Water Street as well as the NPS beach west of the Coleman Bridge.

The Yorktown Beach and Riverwalk Landing walkway are open for pedestrians. However, the rules of social distancing apply (stay six feet apart) with group size limited to no more than 10 people.

The following parking areas are now closed:

  • Upper Level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace
  • NPS Beach Picnic Area
  • Archer Cottage Lot (corner of Read and Water Streets)
  • York Hall (301 Main Street)

The following public restroom facilities are now closed:

  • Yorktown Beach
  • Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace

The public restroom facilities adjacent to the Freight Shed are open.


These steps are being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health. If you have questions about what is/is not permitted, please call York County at (757) 890-3300.

March 23, 2020  - 4:00 pm

JUST ANNOUNCED: All York County Government Offices and Buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice. More details will follow as they become available. 

March 20, 2020 -  4:45 pm

This email is part of an ongoing status update from York County. 

Clerk of Circuit Court
The Clerk of Circuit Court’s office is closed to the public with the exception of appointments scheduled directly through Clerk’s Office personnel. Persons needing to conduct business with the Clerk’s Office should utilize the following numbers to schedule an appointment:

  • Deed/Land Records – 890-4103
  • Criminal/Traffic Division – 890-4104
  • Civil Division – 890-4105
  • Fiduciary/Probate Division – 890-4106
  • Any Other Miscellaneous Transactions – 890-3360

A temporary drop-box is being placed at the Courthouse’s front door security station for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/land recordings. Electronic recording and online payments continue to be available online at https://simplifile.com/services/e-recording/ (Deeds/Land Recordings) and https://eapps.courts.state.va.us/fmsOnline/#/?fips=000C (Online Payments).

Library
You may be safeguarding yourself by staying in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the library! Your free York County Public Library Card gets you access to a world of digital resources. Over the next few weeks library staff will be featuring them online on their Digital Library Spotlight blog – www.yorkcounty.gov/libraryblog. 

Join us on the York County Public Library Facebook Page Monday, March 23rd at 10:30 a.m. as library staffer Mrs. Dreama does our first ever Live Stream Story Time featuring "Seymour and Henry" by Kim Lewis. Ideally suited for ages 1.5 to 6 years old.
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 For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

COVID-19 Information

Symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath – have ranged from mild to severe, and like other respiratory illnesses, it is spread through coughing and sneezing. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease, and the CDC recommends that we take the following steps to help prevent the spread of not only this virus, but the flu and other respiratory diseases as well:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

York County officials continue to monitor COVID-19 and are in regular contact with regional officials and representatives of the Virginia Department of Health. Citizens are reminded to ensure they seek up-to-date information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).