The City of Suffolk advises that operations at most of its facilities for in-person services will resume beginning, Monday, March 15, 2021.
The City closed most of its facilities in mid-March 2020 as it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this timeframe, however, the majority of services to the public were not impacted, and staff continued serving our citizens, whether working remotely or while other plans were in place. The only facility not reopening to the public at this time is the Suffolk Workforce Development Center, located at 157 North Main Street, which is a privately-owned building. However, services offered there remain available to the public by calling 757.514.7730.
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, facility modifications that promote the safety of our community members and staff have been made, and enhanced sanitizing measures will also remain ongoing. In keeping with CDC and other recommended health guidelines, a 6-foot separation from others must be maintained when in City of Suffolk facilities, and the wearing of face masks is mandated in accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order. Citizens are also encouraged to review the posted self-assessment symptom checklist when entering facilities, as this messaging may vary based on the type of facility (no fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, sore throat, or other symptoms of COVID-19; or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days; no travel on a commercial flight or outside of the United States in the past 14 days; and to not enter any facilities if they are feeling sick).
Interim City Manager Albert Moor noted, “While the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve and makes it difficult to set hard deadlines for returning all of our operations to normal, we have taken every precaution we reasonably can to ensure the safety of the public and our employees. We thank everyone for doing their part to help protect the health and safety of each other.”
While most City facilities begin reopening to the public, online services remain the safest option for conducting City business.