COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Chincoteague Island, VA is Open! Click on the image to view our ‘We’re Open’ video! Then plan your island getaway!
 
FREE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING – DECEMBER 7
The Eastern Shore Health District is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing on Monday Dec. 7 at the Accomack County Health Department (23191 Front Street, Accomac) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or until supplies run out. Results will be available to those tested through the Mako Medical Laboratories secure portal. The Accomack County Health Department will contact anyone who tests positive. Please call 757-787-5880 with any questions.
 
The Commonwealth of Virginia is currently in PHASE THREE but with new measures in place as of November 15, 2020

Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19 – Released November 13, 2020

The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five and sixth amended Executive Order Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven are available here

Phase 3 Guidelines
“What You Need to Know” (short version)

  • Face coverings required inside buildings or in line for service
  • Social gatherings up to 50% of event space or 250 people max while maintaining 6 ft. of social distance
  • Restaurants open at 100% capacity indoor dining while maintaining 6 ft. between tables
  • Gyms open at 75% capacity while maintaining 10 ft. physical distancing
  • Indoor/outdoor pools open at 75% with 10 ft. between swimmers
  • Hot Tubs remain closed
  • Assateague Island National Seashore (Public Beach) has limited lifeguard services (see below for more info) 

Phase 2 Guidelines

Phase 1 Guidelines

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CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE INFORMATION:

REFUGE HOURS: 6AM to 6PM 

CNWR Announces 2020 Fee Changes and Offers Daily Pass Again

Beach is open for swimming, sunbathing, sitting, beach combing, hiking, exercise, and fishing.
Hiking and biking trails are open.
Parking Lots open
Bathroom facilities available 
Herbert Bateman Visitor Center, Refuge Trek and Assateague Lighthouse remain closed.
Toms Cove Visitor Center walk up window is open Friday-Sunday 10am-Noon and 1pm-4pm to purchase OSV permits and secure bonfire permits. Winter schedule will begin November 29: Friday-Monday 10am-Noon and 1pm-4pm. Closed Christmas Day.

PLEASE ALLOW 6 FEET OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING BETWEEN YOUR GROUP AND OTHERS

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Governor Northam & Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 Related Press Releases
State Official Contact Information

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Business owners please refer to our COVID-19 Business Resources page for valuable information and links to support your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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. 

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What’s Open on CI?


FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY PLEASE FOLLOW THESE FEW SIMPLE GUIDELINES: 

  • FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED INSIDE ALL BUILDINGS AND OUTSIDE WHEN 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT POSSIBLE (FOR INSTANCE….WAITING IN LINE FOR FOOD SERVICE)
  • WASH HANDS OR SANITIZE OFTEN
  • MAINTAIN 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCE AT ALL TIMES
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ACCOMMODATIONS: Open at 100%

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ACTIVITIES:  

Call any of our wonderful attractions to make reservations for cruises, fishing trips, tours and so much more. Find them HERE

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EATS & DRINKS: Indoor dining at 100% capacity, but must maintain 6 feet between parties/tables. 

Masks required inside until seated at your table.
Indoor…Outdoor…Curbside…To Go
CLICK HERE for a complete list of wonderful food options. 

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SHOPPING:

Masks required inside and social distancing in place. 
CLICK HERE for a complete list of fantastic shops, boutiques, art galleries, and more. 

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BUSINESS SERVICES:

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CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS:

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce – Open Mon – Fri 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

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.  

Virginia Food Bank 

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HEALTHY LIVING:

Eastern Shore Rural HealthFree COVID-19 Testing for All

EASTERN SHORE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM SEEKS NEW CEO

Chincoteague Island Community Health Center hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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.

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.  

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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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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