Updates on City Response to COVID-19 Virus Week of March 30

APRIL 2, 2020: The following information is provided on behalf of the City of Staunton.

Public Works Customer Service Change in Hours
Effective immediately, the Public Works customer service office, located at 1911 Craigmont Road, will be operating from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Virginia Statewide “Stay at Home” Order FAQ’s
The Governor had directed State police and local law enforcement to address violations of his recent executive orders initially through education and warnings and then through charges for persistent violators.  Please make sure you are fully informed by visiting www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/faq

Downtown Staunton - What’s Open? What’s Closed? 
Don’t forget that the Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA) has information about businesses open downtown, and in the surrounding area, along with contact information on the SDDA website. The webpage is updated daily. If you are a business owner and have information about changes in operation, such as hours or services offered, contact the SDDA directly.

City-Wide Heavy Trash Collection Begins Monday
The city will provide its annual heavy trash, brush and limb collection, April 6-10. Residents may dispose of large bulky items such as old appliances, furniture, household goods and yard waste. Residents should place items for collection at the curb by 7 a.m. on April 6. For more details visit, https://www.ci.staunton.va.us/Home/Components/News/News/1629/71.

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APRIL 1, 2020: The following information is provided on behalf of the City of Staunton. 

Update for Monthly Parkers in City Garages and Wharf Parking Lot
Customers who contract with the city for monthly parking in the New Street parking garage, the Johnson Street parking garage, the Wharf parking lot or the Augusta Street parking lot will receive a notice in the next several days informing them about recent changes.  Effective mid-March, monthly charges are suspended until further notice.  If a customer has already paid for the full month of March, a credit will be shown on their notice.  For any questions about this change, contact the Finance Department’s Assistant Director Jessie Moyers at 540.332.3948. 

Voting for the May 5 Election
Registered voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail in the upcoming local election. To vote by mail, an application to request an absentee ballot must be completed and submitted to the voter registration office.  Use reason code 2A “My disability or illness” on the application.  A ballot will be mailed to you.  Applications for absentee ballots may be requested/submitted:

Applications and ballots can be mailed to, Voter Registration, PO Box 1092, Staunton, VA 24402, or deposited in the dark green city drop box on the corner of W. Beverley St. and Central Ave.  Deadline for absentee applications is by 5 p.m. on April 28, 2020.

Social Security Benefits to be Paid on Time
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Social Security Administration.  Local offices will continue to provide critical services over the phone and online. If you need assistance and need to call your local office please use our Social Security Office Locator.

If you receive a scam call stating that payments are being suspended to obtain any of your information or requesting any money from you:

  • Hang up,
  • Do not give out any of your information,
  • and report the scammer to http://oig.ssa.gov 

Please visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for important information and updates.

Need Help? Apply for Social Services Benefits
You can apply for Social Services Benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Medical Assistance, and Energy Assistance Program online anytime at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov. If you need assistance, please call the Social Services toll-free helpline: 855.635.4370, email commonhelp@dss.virginia.gov, or call your local agency at 540.245.5800 or 540.942.6646. You can apply and learn more about healthcare coverage at Cover Virginia website, www.coverva.org or by calling Cover Virginia Call Center at 855.242.8282.

Need Input from Small Businesses
Main Street America, of which Staunton Downtown Development Association is a member, is seeking information from small business owners about the challenges they’re facing as a result of COVID-19. They want to better understand the ability of businesses to withstand what may be several months of suppressed revenue and determine what kinds of support programs will have the most impact. Small businesses are encouraged to respond to the survey found at https://bit.ly/2Uqo0jq by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The survey should only take about five minutes to complete.

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MARCH 30, 2020: The following information is provided on behalf of the City of Staunton. 

Governor Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Five can be found here.

The City of Staunton continues to focus on public health, safety and well-being in working with key partners to manage our community’s response.  We are closely monitoring rapidly evolving circumstances and adapting procedures to continue providing city services even in the face of these additional restrictions. 

Business Assistance and Financial Relief Resources
The Office of Economic Development has launched a resource page for area businesses seeking assistance and financial relief as a direct result of COVID-19. The webpage directs businesses to national, state, and local resources as well as grant programs. The page will be updated periodically as new resources become available.

News from Staunton City Schools
Shelburne Middle School band directors Charlie Nesmith and Jon Wilson completed their first distance learning project over the weekend. You can see the positive message played by the band on Facebook.

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