UPDATED MAY 21, 2020:

Williamsburg Forward Reopening Procedures

Emergency Temporary Zoning Guidance for Phase 1 of Forward Virginia



Peninsula Health District (VA Department of Health)
medical questions, concerns, assistance
  local call center:  (757) 594-7069
City of Williamsburg
city actions, status, closings, services
  coronavirus COVID-19 telephone hotline:  (757) 259-7200

James City County
COVID-19 assistance
 information hotlline for County residents:  (757) 564-2140


Helpful links and resources:

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) – Coronavirus COVID-19

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Coronavirus COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus COVID-19

William & Mary – Coronavirus COVID-19

Colonial Williamsburg - Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Governor urges Virginians 65+ to self-quarantine


WJCC Courts - coronavirus COVID-19 information 
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Clerk’s Office is closed to the public until 4/6/2020. The Clerk's Office remains open. Please contact the Clerk's Office with any questions or concerns at (757) 564- 2200 (option #7).

Local business assistance - visit the City's Economic Development website, Yes Williamsburg, for up-to-date information on how to manage and plan for business losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Want to help local businesses? - support local retailers, restaurants and service companies with a one-stop-shopping site that will connect you with who is open and how they can deliver their product to you. Go to

Filing for unemployment - while the local building is closed, staff are still processing applications for assistance. You can apply online at You can also access the website for the Virginia Employment Commission


News releases:

View City of Williamsburg news releases here (or in news box on this page)

View news releases from the Governor of Virginia here

View news releases from the Virginia Department of Health here


Actions by the City of Williamsburg:

  • As of noon, March 17, City employees are teleworking from home. Public safety and required on-premise staff will observe a work separation policy (social distance) and will continue to regularly disinfect surfaces. 
  • Established a business assistance page for Williamsburg businesses experiencing a loss due to COVID-19. 
  • Extended city building closings to the public through March 30. City staff will be working and available via phone and email.
  • Closed city buildings at 3:00 p.m. from Friday, March 13 through Monday, March 16 to public traffic. Staff will be at work. Please call individual departments using our directory
  • City Manager Trivette and Mayor Freiling signed a Declaration of Local Emergency on Friday, March 13.
  • Established a 24-hour public information/rumor control telephone hotline for general citizen questions (not for medical concerns). (757) 259-7200. 
  • Held executive staff meetings to review the City’s established emergency operation plan and to discuss specific COVID-19 preventative and response steps. These meetings will continue as needed.
  • Hosted a regional coronavirus meeting with the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and emergency management personnel from regional partners Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary, local hospitals, and neighboring communities James City and York counties. Continuing communication with all listed above via conference calls. 
  • The City will be purchasing and placing additional hand sanitizers at all entrances/exits to City buildings and facilities including:City Hall, Stryker Center, Quarterpath Recreation Center and the Community Building.
  • Additional cleaning/disinfecting in City buildings.
  • Additional cleaning/disinfecting by all public safety personnel to include vehicles and facilities. 
  • Sharing information on the City’s social media sites: Facebook and Twitter.


What you can do:

Common cold/flu prevention protocols are important:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid large group settings of 50 people or more
  • If you are 65+ years old, please self-quarantine (please use curbside and delivery services)
  • Use "social distancing" of about 6 feet from the nearest person.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm to prevent spreading germs.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash (don’t leave them lying around).
  • Call the City if you have general questions or concerns (757) 259-7200.