The City of Virginia Beach continues to monitor and adjust to changing conditions related to the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. There are national, state and local declarations of emergency in place and we are following the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health as well the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Tourism staff are working with event holders, to identify any cancellations or postponements. Please check Emergency.VBgov.com/coronavirus for the latest information and for event cancellations. We are also working to update our event calendars as quickly as possible. For the most accurate information, please visit event websites directly.
The State of Virginia has officially opened up Virginia Beach beaches.
All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
During this time, the Virginia Beach Convention Center will be used as a vaccine site for the COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines are distributed in phases and are provided by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accommodated. Please refer to the Virginia Department of Health website for more information. https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/index.html
Starting April 1, 2021 - Social gatherings must be limited to 100 individuals for outdoor, and 50 individuals for indoor, gatherings. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.
Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after midnight in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room.
The Visitor Information Center at I-264 Oceanfront is now open to the public. The new center hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday. The Chesapeake Bay Center at First Landing State Park will be closed until further notice. The 17th and 24th Street Information Kiosk located in the oceanfront/boardwalk area will not open this 2020 summer season.
While school will look a little different this year for many, the flexibility of distance learning provides opportunities to explore the world outside the classroom in a safe and effective manner. From the profusion of waterways running through our coastal city and the biodiversity of the mighty Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, to a unique history that predates the founding of our country, there is no shortage of educational opportunities and unforgettable fun to be had when Virginia Beach. With our arts scene, museums, rich history and unique coastal environment, this helpful guide for those who are distance learning has everything you need to help you find the perfect combination of education and vacation for your family in Virginia Beach.
As we continue to navigate through the unique challenges that face each of us right now, many locals, museums and businesses in Virginia Beach are doing their part by offering limited-to-zero touch options. While we all work to keep our distance from each other, we are not without ways of still enjoying some of what Virginia Beach has to offer. Here are some ways to explore Virginia Beach while social distancing.