COVID-19 Press Releases

COVID-19 Press Releases

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce is working closely with the Town of Chincoteague, which is actively monitoring all available information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This monitoring includes but is not limited to daily briefings with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Health and Accomack Department of Public Safety and weekly communication with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation in regards to local trolley service. They are also reviewing local plans to ensure local government and services will continue should we find ourselves in the grips of COVID-19 in our region.

Public Service Announcements concerning COVID-19 will be posted here and on the Town’s website and Facebook page. The Town will communicate further information as necessary and when immediately available from public health experts through state and federal partnerships.

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 – September 21

Governor Northam PreK-12 Schools Reopen – June 9

Reopen Information  Town of Chincoteague

Town of Chincoteague Delayed Phase One Reopening – May 14

Planning Update Regarding Re-opening Guidelines from Town of Chincoteague – May 11

Governor Northam Guidelines for Business Sectors to Re-open 

Governor Northam Executive Order #61- Phase I Re-opening – May 8, 2020

Governor Northam Forward Virginia Blueprint – May 4, 2020

Town of Chincoteague Executive Order #1 Update – April 15, 2020

Governor Northam Extends Business Closures for Two Weeks to May 8 – April 15, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Plans to Postpone Upcoming Virginia Elections in Response to COVID-19 – April 8, 2020

Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order – March 30, 2020

Town of Chincoteague Executive Order #1 – March 27, 2020

Governor Northam Encourages Virginians to Complete 2020 Census Online Amid COVID-19 Outbreak – March 27, 2020 

Kaine Statement On Senate Passage Of Coronavirus Economic Relief Package – March 26, 2020

Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries – March 25, 2020 

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools & Bans Public Gatherings of More Than 10 People – March 23, 2020

Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 #5 – March 23, 2020 – Visitors and Non-Residents Asked to Leave and Postpone Travel to Chincoteague by Noon Tuesday, March 24. UPDATE: Non-residents may still come to the island to work and to receive medical treatment.

Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 PSA #4 – March 21, 2020

Chincoteague Police Department Message – March 21, 2020 – If you own a second home, vacation rental or primary residence and you are out of the area and feel the need to have it checked, call the department at 757-336-3155 and police will do a security check.

Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 PSA #3 – March 19, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Additional Actions to Address COVID-19 – March 19, 2020

Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 PSA #2 – March 18, 2020

Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit – March 17, 2020

Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians – March 17, 2020

Governor Northam Issues Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10 Patron Limit – March 17, 2020 

Letter to Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Members – COVID-19 Resources to Support Your Business/Organization – March 13, 2020

Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 PSA #1 – March 13, 2020

Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks – March 13, 2020

Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19– March 11, 2020

Governor Northam Outlines Plans for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – March 4, 2020

Governor Northam Press Conferences and Updates


Contact Information for State Officials

Congresswoman Elaine Luria – Regional Representative: Caroline Bott    757-364-7631
Small Business Hotline – 757-364-7632
US Senator Mark Warner – Regional Representative:  Drew Lumpkin   276-206-6472
US Senator Mark Warner – Coronavirus Resource Page

US Senator Tim Kaine – 202-224-4024


The Chincoteague Chamber seeks to provide access to recommendations, regulations, services and expertise to its members.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this mission remains constant.  Prior to acting, members should consult their own professional advisers for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals and corporations.  The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the Chincoteague Chamber are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice.  The Chincoteague Chamber makes no representations as to the accuracy or reliability of the content contained herein.  Users of this information accept any and all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Chincoteague Chamber has no liability to user.

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