Stay Informed - Coronavirus
INFORMATION ON VACCINES (updated February 12, 2021)
Loudoun County has entered Phase 1B of vaccine rollout. Please view this page for all the information about Phase 1B. Specifically, if you are over 65, have a pre-existing medical condition or are a front-line worker, you may be able to schedule a vaccination. As of 5pm on February 12, 2021, Loudoun County has stopped taking vaccine sign-ups on their existing page. They will be transitioning to the Statewide system on Feb 16th. This means that vaccine sign-ups will not occur for about 4 days. HOWEVER, if you had already signed-up, your information will be ported to the Statewide system and you still may get scheduled for a vaccine during this time.
The latest information can be found at Loudoun County's dedicated page on the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Latest Governor's Guidelines
- Find Out About Testing
- Read about Town Operational Changes
- Read about Prevention!
- It’s Important to Wear a Face Covering!
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.
CONTINUED VIGILANCE - STAY SAFE!
The Town of Middleburg reminds businesses, residents, and visitors to remain vigilant as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read more in our briefing document, and keep up with the latest updates below.
LATEST GUIDELINES (updated December 11, 2020)
The Governor of Virginia announced new guidelines and restrictions for the Commonwealth on December 10th. In summary, these guidelines include:
- Universal Face Covering Requirement in indoor, public spaces, for those five years old and older.
- Face Covering Requirement in public, outdoor spaces when 6-feet of distance cannot be maintained, for those five years old and older.
- Social Gatherings limited to 10 persons.
- Stay-at-home requirement between 12am (midnight) and 5am, with limited exceptions.
- Other specific guidance applies to outdoor sports, religious services, and business establishments.
- The latest guidance does not change any operating limitations on restaurants or retail stores.
SAFE HOLIDAYS (updated December 11, 2020)
The Governor and the County are encouraging residents to use caution during holiday events. If you plan family gatherings, especially indoors, please take appropriate measures to keep your distance, ensure proper air circulation, and always stay home if you're sick.
Visit Loudoun County's COVID Testing page for more information on testing events and other locations to get a COVID-19 test.
PHASE 3 REOPENING GUIDELINES (updated December 31, 2020)
The Town and Commonwealth are operating under Phase 3 Guidelines, which are described in the updated Executive Order 72 (which incorporates previous EOs 63 and 67). You can find the latest Executive Order 72 at this link, which provides an overview of the operations and limitations for businesses. This document from the Town has reminders about the best way to keep yourself and others safe during the pandemic.
Support Local Businesses During the Coronavirus Situation (July 22, 2020)
The Town continues to support is local businesses by promoting safe tourism, providing physically-distant activities, and offsetting the cost of outdoor seating options for restaurants.
Are you interested in a GIFT CARD but don't want to come in person to purchase one? Check out the MBPA's new Gift Card program, redeemable at more than 15 shops and restaurants in Town. And the list of participating businesses continues to grow!
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 OFFICE OPERATIONAL CHANGES (updated January 13, 2021)
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. Staff at the Town Office are working on-site and are ready to serve you. The Town Office is open for walk-in customers, although we encourage you to set an appointment for any lengthy meeting to ensure we have appropriate space to meet. Please note that all persons are required to keep at least 6 feet of physical distance, and we ask that you limit your visits to the Town Office as much as possible.
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.
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:
- In-person meetings are encouraged to be held via telephone or virtually, as much as possible.
- Advisory Committee meetings have resumed. Some committees will meet in-person; however, those members who are not comfortable doing so and the public will continue to participate remotely by calling (540) 339-6355 at the time of the meeting. In order to maintain social distancing, no more than ten (10) individuals will be allowed in the Council Chambers at once.
- Town Council has resume in-person meetings; however, some members and the public will continue to participate remotely (by telephone or remote meeting) in order to maintain social distancing in the Council Chambers. As of January 14, 2021, the Town Council's meetings will occur on Zoom. Residents can join via a phone number or link found on the Town Council agenda. 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 email@example.com.
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