The City of Harrisonburg and all departments are closely monitoring the latest information and recommendations concerning the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
We are working closely with regional and national health experts in monitoring the situation, and have put all City protocols related to the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases into action. This includes postponing events and closing some facilities to the public. All essential City services continue unchanged at this time. We are in daily contact with the Virginia Department of Health, which is providing guidance on this matter.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a Stay At Home order, as part of the statewide response to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The order, which was issued on Monday, March 30, instructs all Virginia residents to stay at home as much as possible, unless traveling for work, for medical care for yourself or a loved one, or essential travel such as grocery shopping or purchasing other needed supplies. Residents are still welcome to go outside for exercise if they are well, as long as they maintain social distancing recommendations.
Businesses that remain open are required to follow social distancing orders of 10 patrons or fewer. If businesses cannot do so, they are to close, Northam said. Those who violate the order to limit social gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals could face a misdemeanor charge. Restaurants are still limited to takeout or delivery orders; dine-in is not allowed at this time. Gov. Northam’s full order will be available later this afternoon online at www.governor.virginia.gov.
The City of Harrisonburg is still operating under its declaration of a local emergency, made on March 16. This declaration allows the City to more quickly allocate needed resources in response to COVID-19, and to potentially be reimbursed for funds spent in that response.
This declaration does not change any of the City protocols or measures we are currently using regarding COVID-19, and does not require any additional action by our residents.
The Harrisonburg City Hall and all other municipal buildings are now restricting public access. All essential City services will be maintained, and City staff will continue to be accessible by phone or email during this time. This decision will not impact police or fire, sanitation, transportation or any other essential City service. All offices will continue to operate under their usual schedule and City business will continue unchanged. The public will be able to meet with staff members by appointment during this time by calling City Hall at 540-432-7701.
All City of Harrisonburg playgrounds are now closed as part of our response to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Open green spaces and walking trails where patrons can practice safe social distancing methods are still open at this time. All Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation indoor facilities are currently closed, and upcoming events such as the Easter Egg Hunt have been canceled. The Public Safety Building has limited access and visitors should call ahead before visiting. The Hardesty-Higgins Visitor Center is currently closed.
The City will implement social distancing measures at Harrisonburg City Council meetings and will offer additional ways for residents to take part in meetings from home.
While the public will be able to attend meetings if they so wish, we are encouraging residents to take part in meetings remotely if they are able. A phone line will be live at 540-437-2687 where residents will be allowed to call in and speak with City Council during the Public Comments portion of the night’s meeting. Residents also may provide comment prior to the meeting by visiting this page: www.harrisonburgva.gov/agenda-comments.
Residents will be able to watch the meeting live on:
- The City’s website, www.harrisonburgva.gov
- Public Education Government Channel 3
- The City’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HarrisonburgVA
Additionally, Gov. Northam has issued an order banning all social gatherings of more than 10 people, and the closure of non-essential businesses. View the full order from the Governor's Office.
Virginia also has established a call line for anyone who has questions about COVID-19. That number is 1-855-949-8378 and it is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Those wishing to do business with the City can access many services online or by phone. Those who are interested may choose to pay their City of Harrisonburg bills online or by mail. Visit www.harrisonburgva.gov/pay-bills and scroll to the bottom of the page for online payment options. You also can mail payment to our office at City of Harrisonburg, Treasurers Office, P.O. Box 1007, Harrisonburg, VA 22803-1007. You also may call 540-432-7701. A dropbox is available outside City Hall and the Harrisonburg Department of Public Utilities on Beery Road for those wishing to drop payments off.
The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation is waiving all fares for transit and paratransit customers at this time. The City’s bus and paratransit service is currently operating as scheduled, and the majority of routes throughout the City are unchanged. Routes servicing JMU are currently inactive. All riders should enter and exit the buses using the rear doors, unless they need to utilize the ramp or receive ADA assistance. Call 540-432-0492 for more information.
Mayor Deanna Reed has a message for Harrisonburg residents about everything the City is doing to support our community at this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a0Wd3mJRgI
Do you have questions about the Coronavirus?
Call the Health Department's Informational Call Center at 1-855-949-8378
Open 8:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday
¿Tiene preguntas sobre el coronavirus?
[281KB] Llame al Centro de Informacion del Departamento de Salud a 1-855-949-8378
Horario de 8:00am - 6:00pm, Lunes a Viernes
Latest Updates from Sentara RMH - Testing Information (Please visit their website https://sentaraupdates.com/ for the latest updates.)
Latest Updates from the Virginia Employment Commission on Unemployment Insurance (Please visit their website http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed for more.)
What is the Coronavirus COVID-19?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus. Coronaviruses affect the respiratory system, including the lungs and airways.
How does the virus spread?
If a person who has the virus sneezes or coughs and droplets enter the environment, others in close proximity can become infected. It’s not known how easily the virus spreads.
Tips to Follow
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Virginia Department of Health - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)