Following Governor Ralph Northam’s statewide order which became effective at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, Suffolk City Offices and facilities, which have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, will remain closed to the public until further notice. The initial closure was to have been through March 27, 2020.
Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam also urged all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible. The order will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020.
This extended closure includes all Recreational Centers, Libraries, Visitor Center, Suffolk Art Gallery, Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Railroad Museum, Suffolk Animal Care, as well as the Treasurer’s Office and the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office inside City Hall and their satellite offices at the North Suffolk Library. The Suffolk Police Department 1st and 2nd Precinct lobbies are also closed to the public. Suffolk Police Headquarters and Suffolk Fire & Rescue Station 6 lobbies will remain open to the public with limited service.
Suffolk Transit and the Suffolk Executive Airport will continue under normal operations.
Suffolk’s many acres of outdoor parks, walking trails, boat ramps, as well as kayak and canoe launches remain open to visitors. We do encourage recreational users to practice social distancing, regularly wash hands, and follow all CDC and State Health Department Guidelines.
City of Suffolk employees will continue to report to work during this time. Essential services, including trash pick-up, will continue as normal.
During this time all City-managed events will be cancelled.
The public is encouraged to use the many online options to access City services and to call the main line at 514-4000 with any questions.
City leadership will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 and assess City operations based on developments. Extensive information is available to our citizens on our website at www.suffolkva.us/1399/Suffolk-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Updates.