Stay Informed - Coronavirus
- Voting Day for Town Elections Has Changed!
- Read About Town Support Programs
- Read about Town Operational Changes
- Read about Prevention!
The novel coronavirus is a rapidly-evolving international virus outbreak that causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. The most up-to-date information can be found from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s dedicated COVID-19 page at this link.
Loudoun County supports the Town through its Emergency Management function, and the County’s dedicated page with all their latest information can be found at www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus.
PHASE 1 REOPENING DELAYED FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA
The Town of Middleburg officially entered "Phase 1" of the Governor’s re-opening plan on Friday, May 29, 2020. This allows for additional business activities, to include outdoor seating at restaurants and up to 50% capacity at non-essential retail shops. Please continue to practice physical and social distancing.
In addition, the Governor announced a Public Health Order, directing all persons to wear a face covering while indoors in public spaces. There are some exceptions. However, the Town strongly requests all residents and visitors to follow the face covering requirement - it’s about respect for others, and it helps keep everyone safe!
The Town of Middleburg falls under the purview of the Loudoun County Health Department, so any decisions made on a regional basis for Northern Virginia will apply to the Town and its businesses.
Local Elections Moved to JUNE 4, 2020
The Virginia Supreme Court has approved the Town Council’s petition to move the Municipal Elections originally scheduled for May 5, 2020 to THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020. All of the latest details are available at our dedicated webpage for voting in the Town of Middleburg.
Support Local Businesses During the Coronavirus Situation (June 1, 2020)
Local Support Programs
We encourage citizens and visitors to support our local businesses in creative ways. Many retail shops are beginning to re-open, so please call ahead. Check out this link for a listing of all shopping options!
Support for Water/Sewer Customers
The Town Council authorized two key actions for all water/sewer customers (residential and commercial):
- Late Fees have been waived for water/sewer bills due April 13, 2020, for a period of 60 days. If you cannot currently pay your bill, this gives you more time to pay. In addition, the Town will not conduct any water cutoffs during this timeframe. Be assured that your access to water will remain.
- For the upcoming water/sewer bill (covering March and April 2020, to be mailed in May), each customer will receive a credit of up to $200. The Town recognizes these are difficult financial times, and that many customers are spending more time at home (and washing hands!). This credit will reduce the burden on many families.
- If you can pay your full bill amount, your funds will be used to help others in need throughout the Town!
Support to Business
Business should stay in touch with the Town’s dedicated website located here about resources the Town is providing in regards to COVID-19. Town staff are eager to assist with any questions you may have.
Town of Middleburg Operational Changes (revised as of June 1, 2020)
In light of guidance from the CDC and VDH, the Town is taking appropriate precautions to protect Town citizens, staff, and ensure ongoing operational capabilities. While not all Town staff can perform their duties via telework, some staff will be teleworking as much as possible during the coming weeks. Please be patient as staff return your email and phone messages as soon as they are able.
ALL VISITORS TO THE TOWN OFFICE WILL BE ASKED TO WEAR A FACE COVERING, PER THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER. A DISPOSABLE FACE COVERING WILL BE PROVIDED IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR OWN FACE COVERING.
To this end, the Town is making the following changes:
- Visitors are asked not to visit the Town Office in person, if at all possible. Most Town services or questions can be handled online or via phone. Quick links are below:
- The Town has a drop box available outside the Town Office for residents to drop utility payments. Town staff will process your payment and can provide a receipt, if requested.
- All in-person meetings are encouraged to be held via telephone or virtually, as much as possible. Town staff will reach out to you if you have a meeting scheduled.
- Advisory Committee meetings are encouraged to postpone meetings, if possible. Your staff liaison will reach out to you with more information.
- Town Council meetings will continue, at this time. However, all Council Meetings are expected to be held remotely (by telephone) until further notice. You can find out more at this link.
- Field staff will provide limited interactions with the public. The Town’s focus is ensuring that critical operations can continue and that Town staff limit potential exposures.
- You are encouraged to call the Town Office if there are questions about Town services, activities, or regulations. You can reach the Town at 540-687-5152 M-F, 8:30-4:30pm. The Town Administrator can be reached after hours.
- Please note that the guidance from the CDC and Virginia is changing rapidly. The Town will respond quickly and appropriately as guidance changes or as circumstances dictate.
Town of Middleburg Preparations
Critical services for the Town government include public safety (Police Department), water/sewer service (Inboden Environmental Services), trash collection, and response to citizen questions and concerns. The Police Department have all necessary measures of protection to ensure continuity of operations. While they will continue to provide community policing services, they are asked to not shake your hand or make direct physical contact. If you have an emergency and dial 911, dispatch services may ask additional screening questions to understand if you may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
The Town’s water and sewer contractor has all preparations in place for continued operations, to include back-up staff members and remote monitoring of systems. And as of this time, all trash and recycling services remain as usual.
Concerned members of the public can contact the Town Office at 540-687-5152 during regular business hours (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) or the Town Administrator after hours.
Loudoun County has a hotline for more information or concerned residents. That number is 703-737-8300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town issues Declaration of Local Emergency (March 16, 2020)
Following the Declaration of Statewide Emergency by the Governor of Virginia on Friday, March 13, 2020, and the Declaration of Local Emergency by the County Administrator earlier today, the Town Administrator has issued a Declaration a Local Emergency for the Town of Middleburg. This declaration allows the Town to coordinate effectively with the County government, relaxes procurement requirements to make it easier for the Town to obtain necessary goods and services, and places the Town in a position to potentially receive reimbursement from the state or federal government for certain activities.
Prevention is Key
In accordance with CDC and Commonwealth of Virginia directives, please maintain physical/social distancing, and limit your public activities. In nearly all cases, gatherings of more the 10 persons is restricted and should be avoided.
Currently, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into the sleeve of your shirt.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendation to wear a facemask in order to prevent the spread of the disease to others in the event you have the virus but are not symptomatic.
These are tried and true methods of preventing all types of infections, including COVID-19.
Information for Employers and Places of Business
The Governor of Virginia has issued guidelines on certain business activities and restrictions. The latest information can be gathered at the VDH website located at this link, or by visiting the Governor’s webpage at this link.
The CDC has provided specific information for Employers and Places of Business. To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace and for business patrons, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates for employers are available on CDC’s web page.
Take the following measures to keep your place of employment safe from COVID-19:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Separate sick employees
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
Links and Further Information
One of the most important steps that each of us can take right now is to stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best source of information about COVID-19, including details on how the virus spreads, symptoms of infection, prevention and treatment, the global outbreak, FAQs, and much more. You are encouraged to take time to learn about COVID-19 by visiting the CDC’s website.
Keep abreast of the latest information by visiting the following websites:
Loudoun County: www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus