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April 9, 2020 2:08 PM

CITY CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 2019

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information:

The City of Bristol, Virginia declared a local emergency on March 19, 2020, in response to expected impacts from the spread of COVID-19 to our community.

If you are concerned that you may be sick with COVID-19, please contact the Ballad Health Nurse Connect Line at 833-822-5523 to be screened. All members of the community should utilize this line before heading to an urgent care center or medical facility. This Ballad Health Nurse Connect line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick.

For additional information and helpful links regarding the Coronavirus to include guidance for individuals and businesses, please visit the Virginia Department of Health website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

Beginning March 18, 2020, city facilities (with the exception of the courthouse) will be closed to the public. All business will be conducted via telephone and email, and city employees are teleworking when possible. A full directory of city department contact information is available on our website at https://www.bristolva.org/directory.aspx, or by calling (276) 645-7300.

This closure does not impact the functions of first responders and public safety, although access to those facilities will be limited to the public.

Parks and Recreation activities, including the Senior Center, have been cancelled until further notice, and the playground at Sugar Hollow Park has been closed. Special events scheduled in city facilities or city parks have also been cancelled through that date. Tournaments at Clear Creek Golf Club have been postponed or cancelled through the month of April.

The Police Department is taking actions to protect the safety of the public and first responders.

The Fire Department is also taking actions to protect the safety of the public and first responders.

City transit services will begin operating by appointment only effective Monday, March 30, 2020.

The city landfill is no longer accepting cash. All users must pay with check or credit card. There are also changes to waste collection in effect.

The Office of Economic Development has compiled resources helpful for local businesses.

The Office of Community Development and Planning is working remotely when possible, but services like permitting and inspections are still available.

Bristol’s Promise has compiled a list of resources for community members in need. Please visit their website at https://www.bristolspromise.org/ for more information.

Reductions in court services.
All Courts in the 28th Judicial Circuit and District are operating on a limited docket. If you have been noticed or received a summons to appear in Court during the month of March, please call the respective Court for which you are scheduled to confirm your hearing is still set.
General District Court: (276) 645-7341
Juvenile and Domestic Relations: (276) 645-7325
The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will remain open for essential business only. Deeds continue to be recorded; however, we encourage you to take advantage of electronic recording utilizing Simplifile or CSC Recording. Please call for assistance: (276) 645-7321.

Bristol Animal Care and Control is not open to the public, but is still providing access to supplies in the pet food pantry with call-ahead scheduling. 276 645-3714


You may also visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website regarding Coronavirus at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

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