***ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE OPENS TO RECREATIONAL USE MAY 29, 2020
CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE INFORMATION:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state and local public safety guidance, while making every effort to provide continued access to recreational opportunities on public lands. Visitors entering Service property during this period have a responsibility to keep themselves and others around them safe, be aware of public health and safety guidelines, and avoid taking unneeded risk.
Hiking and biking trails are open.
Beach is open for recreational use, exercise, and fishing.
Visitor Centers and Lighthouse remain closed.
Limited parking at the beach (Parking Lot 1 only).
Limited amenities available.
May 18, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RELEASE ON THE 2020 CARNIVAL & PONY PENNING (PONY SWIM, PONY AUCTION, PONY SWIM BACK) CELEBRATION
From: Alex Tucker, President of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and after carefully analyzing the three Phases as set forth by Governor Northam for opening Virginia, the Board of Directors of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company voted to cancel the 2020 Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival & Pony Penning celebration scheduled to begin July 2, 2020. Please understand that this was not an easy decision to make, with the last pony penning being cancelled over 78 years ago during the second World War. We know how much this community loves this fire company and supports our carnival but with the restrictions put into the phases to prevent the spread of the corona virus, it was the only logical decision to make.
With this said, the foals of the pony herd will be sold by way of online auction, with a date to be determined by the Pony Committee. Plans are still being arranged as to where the ponies will physically be during the auction and we encourage you to keep a close watch on the developments as plans are made public on the auction. Our longtime auctioneer Tim Jennings will be conducting the auction and it should be a positive event for this fire company.
I pray all of you are staying safe, and please don’t hesitate to call us if you need us. We will always be here for you!
Alex Tucker, President
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, Inc
Business owners please refer to our Business Resources page for valuable information and links to support your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ways to Help our Local Businesses:
- Purchase gift certificates/cards
- Order take out or delivery
- Shop online
- If you are able, skip the refund on a local show or experience
- If you are able, consider paying or even just tipping regularly scheduled services you are unable to use like a haircut, manicure, dog walking, house cleaning services.
- Social media – leave a review, share their posts, comment to increase engagement.
What’s Open on CI?
Call any of our wonderful attractions to make reservations for cruises, fishing trips, tours and so much more. Find them HERE
Captain Bob’s Marina – Open but limited to 3 people in the tackle shop at a time with social distancing. Must wear a mask. If you need bait, just call!
Chincoteague Island Outfitters – Open and available for rentals with free delivery on the island.
Chincoteague Step Through Time Tours – Tours begin June 10. 9am & 2pm Island History Tour and 7pm Pirate, Legend, Lore & Ghost Tour. Call to make reservations.
EATS & DRINKS:
Limited Outdoor Dining at some restaurants beginning May 29, 2020
AJ’s on the Creek – Open Thurs – Sat for lunch 11:30am – 1pm and dinner 5pm – 8pm. Menu posted on Facebook. Call to order takeout.
Backyard Firepit – Open every day except Tuesday from 11am – 5:30pm.
Bill’s PRIME Seafood & Steaks – Open with reduced hours of 11am – 8pm daily. Pick-up and delivery available only.
BYOC Build Your Own Cookie – Open Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday from Noon-10pm
Capt. Zack’s Seafood Carryouts – Open Thurs – Sun 11am – 7pm for carryout only. Phone in orders preferred but walk ups welcome.
Church Street Produce – Call ahead for pies! No texts or Facebook orders accepted. Mon-Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
Crusty Crab Seafood Shack – Carry-out only. Wed – Sat 11am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Famous Pizza and Sub Shop – Open regular hours for delivery, curbside service, or pick-up. Only 5 patrons will be allowed in for pick-up. No dine-in.
Gary Howard Seafood – Open
J & B Subs – Open Wed – Sun 9am – 9pm. Carry out and curbside service offered.
Lily’s Little Mexico – Open 11am – 7pm Thurs-Sun. Call in your order for pick up only. Credit card preffered but cash accepted. Masks & social distancing required.
Maria’s Family Restaurant – Open for carryout and delivery. Limited outdoor dining as of May 29, 2020
McDonald’s – Open regular hours. Drive thru only.
Mister Whippy – Open Thurs – Mon 7am – 9pm. Take out and drive thru (preferred) only.
Poseidon’s Pantry – Open Wed – Sun 10am – 5pm. Call-in ordering with curbside pickup or delivery ONLY. Private shopping appointments available.
Call ahead for time or stop by after 2pm.
Ray’s Shanty – Seafood market open and curbside take out available. Fri – Sun 11am – 6pm.
Ricky’s Seafood and Produce – Open
Sandy Pony Donuts – Open for season on Friday, May 22 at 7am.
Sea Star Carryout Eats – Open Thurs – Mon 11am – 6pm. No walk up orders. Call to place and pay for orders only.
Steamer’s Restaurant & Sports Bar – Open for food & adult beverage curbside pickup Wed – Sun from 12pm-8pm Call ahead to order.
The Ropewalk Chincoteague – Opening May 29 at 11 am for outdoor seating. Your patience is appreciated as we make your dining experience with us safe and happy. We will be sanitizing every hour and ask that you sanitize upon entering, wear a mask(required), wait for a hostess to seat you a safe distance from other groups of 10 or less people, seating is first come first serve.
The Village Restaurant – Open Thurs – Sat 5pm – 8pm for curbside and delivery.
Tom’s Cove Aqua Farms – Delivery available. Please call and place your order and we will bring it out to you. We have little neck middle neck top neck chowders and pints of clams and oysters readily available. Scallops and shrimp will be available preorders only.
Whiteraven’s Nest – Open 10am – 5pm daily.
Wine, Coffee, & Gourmet – Open at 10am. Closed Tues & Wed. Offering delivery with minimum purchase.
Blue Crab Treasures – Open when the flag is out. Most days 1 p.m. -5 p.m. Online sales and curbside pickup available. Locally made face masks in stock!!!
In A Cat’s Eye Gifts & Pet Supplies– Open Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Catalog sales.
Island Butterfly Jewelry & Jubilee – Taking orders by phone with free shipping on items labeled online shopping. Call for an appointment to shop the store.
Island Foods Great Valu – Open daily 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Pony Tails Candy Company – Closed but online sales, pickup & delivery now available!
Rommel’s Ace Hardware – Open 8 am – 6pm.
Sundial Books – Open Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm. Masks required. Limit 6 customers at one time in store with 30 minutes to shop.
Atlantic Union Bank – Open regular hours. Lobby closed but drive thru services available. Other services are by appointment only. Kindly call branch to make an appointment.
BBSI – Barrett Business Services, Inc. – Available to answer questions about CARES and the Paycheck Protection Program. Call Call Reid Sterrett at (443) 614-0394 to learn which program is right for your small business.
Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel – E-ZPass Customer Service Centers closed to the public. Representatives are available to assist you over the phone, 7am – 7pm, Mon – Fri by calling 877-762-7824. Visit E-ZPass Virginia website for more options concerning the E-ZPass.
Davis Disposal – Continuing to provide regularly scheduled service with ample social distancing.
Delmarva Printing, Inc – Open
Eastern Shore Communications – Open to employees only. No service calls but support line open 24/7 at 757-695-2080.
Eastern Shore Community College – Online classes offered.
Goodwin Weber PLLC – Open but working remotely. May be reached at (301) 850-3370
Moe’s Service Center & Towing – Open for all services, including in-shop maintenance and repairs as well as 24/7 towing and emergency needs.
PNC – Lobby closed. Drive-thru available. Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 1pm
Shore Ride – Available to help anyone having transport issues.. We do request our Shore Riders be limited to only three.. As we are following Uber guidelines by asking no one sit in the front passenger seat.. And driver and passenger requested to wear masks or face covering. Contact us at 757.710.0460
Suze Q’s Shear Magic – Opening Tuesday June 2, 2020 by appointment. Call 757-336-6515
Taylor Bank – Lobby closed. Teams will be onsite during regular hours to accommodate phone calls and assist with limited customer banking needs. We request that you call ahead.
The Baxter Insurance Group – Open. If your restaurant has started a delivery option, your insurance may not cover that service. Call today to see if we can help.
Town of Chincoteague – The front office of the Town Municipal Center will reopen on June 1. Bills can be paid by using the mail drop box in the lobby area or payments can be made online. The sale of boat ramp stickers and dog park passes will be suspended during this period. Building and zoning permit applications can be found online, completed and deposited in the lobby drop box. Please call 757-336-6519 if you have an emergency or need assistance from the Town Office.
Chincoteague Center – Closed but call for inquiries.
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce – Open Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Chincoteague Food Closet – Open every 3rd Thursday of the month for island residents. Pick up a box of food or have it delivered. For questions or if in need of food sooner, call Craig or Karen at 571-635-2264.
Manna Cafe – The Manna Cafe Mobile Pantry will distribute food every Wed 11am – 1pm in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church.
Eastern Shore Rural Health –
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Eastern Shore Rural Health centers close at 5 p.m. – for help when Rural Health is closed patients should call their center to be connected to the provider on call. Chincoteague center Saturday summer hours (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day) will be offered at a later date due to COVID-19. Saturday telemedicine appointments are available by phone or video by calling Eastern Shore Rural Health’s Onley center at 757-787-7374. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rural Health is waiving all copays for telemedicine and teledentistry appointments. After the COVID-19 pandemic the Chincoteague Island Community Health Center will offer expanded hours and be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Patients who are sick please call ahead prior to going to an Eastern Shore Rural Health center. Telemedicine visits (by phone or video) are available for sick patients.
- Patients with routine MEDICAL appointments will be contacted to either schedule a telemedicine visit (by phone or video) or to reschedule an in-person appointment for a later time.Refills will be taken care of during call. Patients with refill needs who don’t have an appointment scheduled contact your center by calling or patient portal.
- WELL CHILD appointments can be done via a telemedicine appointment (by phone or video), with vaccinations then given during a quick visit to the center. Parents will be contacted to arrange well child checks. NO in-person well child appointments at this time. Newborn checks for babies are being done at the centers.
- DENTAL services limited to EMERGENCY TREATMENT ONLY at Atlantic and Franktown centers ONLY. Dental patients with an urgent need should CALL BEFORE coming in.
- Late hours (after 5 p.m.) suspended at all centers.
Island Chiropractic Center – Open and ready to assist those in need. Seeing patients Tues and Thurs and other days for emergencies only.
Island Community House – Closed. Senior Center division is offering seniors a box of frozen meals that will last for two weeks. Call Beth at 757-710-0739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
H & H Pharmacy – Open
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital – No visitors for routine visits to inpatients or emergency department.
Business & Community Event Updates: Closures & Postponements
If you do not see a business, event or activity listed here, please contact the business/organization directly for latest updates as this is a fluid situation and changes may happen without our knowledge.
May 30 – Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society Ker Place Members’ Annual Gala – Postponed to October 3rd
Beebe Ranch – Closed for 2020 season.
Captain Timothy Hill House – Closed to the public for summer season. Stay tuned for more information for virtual tours.
Chincoteague Bay Field Station – All summer programs are canceled and the office is closed through August 30.
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance – No Farmer’s Markets or Artful Flea in 2020. Will re-evaluate in September for Holly Day Market & Wildlife Art Gallery.
NASA Wallops Visitor Center – Closed and public programs canceled until further notice
Additional events can be found on our Events Page.
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