The health and safety of the island’s residents and guests are of utmost importance. Please find below some helpful information to make your visit most memorable and check back for updates.
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 Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order – March 30, 2020
Town of Chincoteague Executive Order #1 – March 27, 2020
Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries – March 25, 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.
Internal Revenue Service – TaxDay is now July 15 for both filing returns AND federal tax payments. IRS urge taxpayers who are owed refunds to file electronically as soon as possible.
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
Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 PSA #2 – March 18, 2020
Town of Chincoteague COVID-19 PSA #1 – March 13, 2020
Governor Northam Outlines Plans for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – March 4, 2020
COVID-19 Business & Community Event Updates
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.
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?
Adam’s Auto Repair – Open regular hours
All Dressed Up – Closed until further notice.
Alward Heating & Air Conditioning – Open regular hours
AmaRin Coffee – Drive thru open Sat., March 21st. Free delivery starting April 1st. Free Vietnamese French bread (3 per bag) every Monday 11am for the elderly and people in need. Will be placed in the box at the front porch.
American Legion Post 159 – Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All Post sponsored events that are open to the public are canceled until further notice.
Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop – Open daily 10am – 6pm
Atlantic Shores Inn & Suites – Opening April 1st. Call for future bookings.
Atlantic Union Bank – Open regular hours. Lobby closed but drive thru services available. Other services are by appointment only. Kindly call branch ahead of time.
Backyard Firepit – Open every day except Tuesday from 11am – 5:30pm.
Beach Road Round-Up – Closed until further notice
Better – Island delivery & curbside pick-up. Call or text 757-894-8153.
Bill’s PRIME Seafood & Steaks – Open with reduced hours of 11am – 8pm daily. Pick-up and delivery available only.
Black Narrows Brewing – Crowlers, bottles, pretzels and merchandise to go Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Sun-Thurs 4pm-6pm.
Blue Crab Treasures – Open when the flag is out. Online sales and curbside pickup available. Call 757-336-5507 or 757-894-5486.
Captain Steve’s Bait & Tackle – Flounder Tournament April 24 – May 2nd is still on.
Capt. E’s Hurricane Grill & Tiki Bar – Open. Carry out and food truck available.
Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel – E-ZPass Customer Service Centers closed until April 2nd. Representatives are available to assist you over the phone, 7am – 7pm, Mon. – Fri. by calling 1.877.762-7824.
Visit E-ZPass Virginia website, www.ezpassva.com for the following:
- Open a new account, with a transponder being mailed to you within 7-10 business days
- Make payment on your account via debit/credit or ACH
- Register an On-The-Go transponder purchased from a retail location
- Update personal information including mailing address, payment information, and vehicle information
- View your transactions
Chincoteague Bay Adventures – Call for future bookings
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce – Closed to the public as of March 17 but staff available Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm to take calls and emails.
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.
Chincoteague Island Outfitters – Open and available for rentals with free delivery on the island.
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. – Spring round up is still on as planned. General public should not attend and congregate.
Comfort Suites – Call for future bookings
Cosa Pizza – Open Thurs. – Sun, 11am – 8pm. Call-in orders recommended.
Crusty Crab Seafood Shack – Open all this week 11am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Daisey’s Island Cruises – Call for future bookings
Davis Disposal – Continuing to provide regularly scheduled service with ample social distancing.
Delmarva Printing, Inc – Open
Designing Women Floral – Open but not to foot traffic. Call ahead to place orders 757-336-1505.
Dollar General – Open regular hours but 1st hour of opening hour is for senior citizen shopping.
Eastern Shore Communications – Open to employees only. Support line open 24/7, 757-695-2080. No service calls but can call or email.
- 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.
Fairfield Inn & Suites – Call for future bookings
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. Partnering with Church of God to deliver FREE pizzas for the month of April. To learn more CLICK HERE.
Four Season’s Florist – Store closing for good on April 5th. Call for more information.
Garden and Sea Inn – Open
Girl’s Day Out Boutique – Open daily 10am – 6pm
Goldsborough’s Marine – Open
H & H Pharmacy – Open regular hours.
In A Cat’s Eye Gifts & Pet Supplies– Open Fridays 10am – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 6pm, and Sundays 12pm – 5pm. And whenever the wind spinners are out!
Island Butterfly Jewelry & Jubilee – Closed but taking orders by phone. Free shipping on items labeled online shopping. Call for appointment to shop the store.
Island Chiropractic Center – Open regular hours
Island Foods Great Valu – Open daily 8am – 9pm.
Island Getaways, LLC – Call for information
J & B Subs – Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9am-9pm. Carry out and curbside service offered.
Key West Cottages – Call for information
Lighthouse Inn – Taking future reservations. Rescheduling encouraged. Flexible cancellation policy.
Manna Cafe CI – Closed Monday, March 23 – end of April. Manna Cafe Mobile Pantry available every Wed, from 11am – 1pm in the St. Andrew Catholic Church parking lot.
Maria’s Family Restaurant – Closed but offering a free large pizza on March 31st from 11am – 3pm to show our support . Call 15 minutes ahead. Pick-up only.
McDonald’s – Open regular hours. Drive thru only.
Mister Whippy – Open Fri, Sat, and Sun at 7am, may limit evening hours, take out and drive thru (preferred) only.
Moe’s Service Center & Towing – Open for all services, including in-shop maintenance and repairs as well as 24/7 towing and emergency needs.
SBA Loans Client Webinar | Friday, April 3 | Noon ET
Join NFP for a webinar on Friday, April 3 from noon -1:30 ET, to uncover the ins and outs of the new SBA forgivable loan program (entitled the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Loan Program). This webinar will provide information on:
- Which companies are eligible
- How to apply
- The factors to consider in evaluating whether you would like to participate in the program. Register Here
PNC – Lobby closed. Drive-thru available. Mon – Fri. 10am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 1pm
Poseidon’s Pantry – Call in orders. Offering curbside pick-up and delivery.
Refuge Inn – Open regular hours. We are currently asking all guests scheduled to arrive within the next week to reschedule their visit. We will continue this process on a week-by-week basis until given the all-clear from the Town. Offering to-go breakfast due to the 10-person-per-room mandate.
Ropewalk Chincoteague – Closed for dinning. Curbside carry out and delivery available Monday – Thursday 4pm – 8pm and Friday- Sunday 12pm – 8pm.
Sea Shell Motel – Opening April 6th.
Seaside Properties – Closed to walk-ins but available via phone or emails. 757-336-6000 of email@example.com.
Sea Star Carryout Eats – Opens March 25th at 11am. Orders and payment via phone preferred. Call for current hours operation. 757-336-5442
Shop the Dock – Online sales coming soon. Stay tuned and mark attending in April and May for a chance to win a giveaway prize!
Steamer’s Seafood Restaurant – Temporarily closed beginning March 24th.
Surfside Golf – Open 10am – 6pm daily.
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. 757-336-6536.
The Crusty Crab Seafood Shack – Providing carry-out service only.
The Island House Restaurant – Closed to the public. Takeout/curbside pickup and delivery available.
The Village Restaurant – Open Thurs. – Sat., 5pm – 8pm for curbside and delivery.
Tom’s Cove Aqua Farms – Open. For the safety of our employees and customers we have restricted our facility to employees only. 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. 757-336-1945
Tom’s Cove Park– Call for future bookings
Town of Chincoteague – The front office of the Town Municipal Center is closed to visitors temporarily and until further notice, in following guidance distributed by the CDC in dealing with the spread of COVID 19. 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. Current stickers and passes may be used until April 30, 2020. 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.
Waterside Inn – Open regular hours. Offering future getaway Vacation Credit Vouchers. Call for more info.
Whiteraven’s Nest – Beginning Friday, March 20 – open 7 days a week 10am-5pm.
Wine, Coffee, & Gourmet – Closed but call for order pick-up or appointment. Delivery offered with minimum purchase. Will announce new hours April 2nd.
Closures & Postponements
March 31 – Accomack County Public Schools – Meeting for Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 pm to discuss recommendations regarding COVID -19 will now be held electronically.
March 16 – All Virginia K-12 schools will be closed for remainder of the school year.
March 17 – David Landsberger Family YMCA Shamrockin’ Luncheon – Canceled
March 18 – Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Members Networking Luncheon – Canceled
March 19 – Multi-Chamber Business After Hours at Classic Collections at the Vault in Pocomoke City – Postponed
March 20-21 – Museum of Chincoteague Island Heritage Days is postponed indefinitely.
March 21 – Chincoteague Center Summer Employment Job Fair – Canceled
March 28 – Chincoteague High Beta Club Bunny Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt – Canceled due to school closure.
March 28-29 – Delmarva Discovery Museum Heritage Days has been postponed. The museum is open regular business hours w/ sanitation done several times daily.
April 2 – Pony Tails Candy Company free taffy treat drive-up offer.
April 3 – The Chincoteague After Prom Committee: Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser
April 3 – Friday Night at the Movies – Canceled
April 4 – The Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Matthew May Memorial Oyster Roast canceled.
April 4 – Chincoteague Pony Drill Team – Horse Show
April 4 – Chincoteague Island KOA Bingo Bash – Canceled
April 4,11,18,25 – NASA Wallops Visitor Center Public Programs – Canceled
April 6 – Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission Annual Tourism Summit – Canceled
April 8 – Accomack-Northampton Regional Job Fair – Postponed
April 11 – Artful Flea Market – Canceled
April 17 – Eastern Shore Literacy Council – Spelling Bee rescheduled to 9/25/20
April 18 – Island Coffeehouse – Canceled
April 24 – Story Swap – Canceled
April 24 – 26 – Imperative Dimensions, Inc – Postponed The Daring Greatly Retreat
April 25 – Chincoteague Island KOA – Classic Car Show
May 1 – Workforce Development Summit. Postponed
May 2 – Free Kids’ Art Class – Canceled
May 2 – Farmer’s Market – Canceled
May 30 – Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society Ker Place Members’ Annual Gala – Postponed to October 3rd
Additional events can be found on our Events Page.
A&N Electric Cooperative – Effective Wednesday, March 18, and until further notice, the cooperative will close its Tasley Office lobby to the public
Accomack and Northampton County Offices – Offices and facilities are closed except Solid Waste locations to the general public starting Friday, March 20, 2020. Employees are expected to report for their normal shifts and need ID badges for building access.
American Legion Post #159 – Closed Thurs, March 19th until further notice.
Assateague Adventures – Currently not accepting kayak tour reservations. Call before booking 865-317-2507.
Assateague Island National Seashore – Closed. Effective 3-28-20 Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland District) will be CLOSED to all park visitors until further notice.
(Virginia District) The Toms Cove Visitor Center; Parking lots #2, 3 & 4; the boardwalk leading from Toms Cove Visitor Center to parking lot #2; and the restrooms at the beach are all CLOSED at this time.
Bad Ponies – Closed
Beach & Bead – Closed until April 3rd. Will ship sales.
Chincoteague Center – Closed but call for inquiries.
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance – All activities and events are canceled until at least to June 10th. The 2020 Photo Contest has been temporarily postponed. Look for further updates about the contest as well as resumption of other CCA activities on our website Chincoteagueca.org and Facebook.
Chincoteague Island House of Jerky – Closed weekend of March 21th.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge – The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center has suspended operations as of March 20, 2020.
Chincoteague Pony Drill Team – April horse shows cancelled. Parade in West Virginia postponed. May’s event still scheduled.
CIAO Island Theatre & Theatre Annex – Closed thru end of April including all events and activities planned. Planning is underway to reschedule all canceled events.
Chincoteague Island Library – Tues. & Thurs. 1pm – 4pm staff available to answer your questions by phone, 757-336-3460. Last day to pick up online books placed on hold is March 31st. Can be picked up on the porch.
- Closed to the public until further notice.
- Free 24/7 Wi-Fi available outside the library and in the Robert Reed Park. Password is IslandLibrary.
- Cancelled programs include Tech Hour, Tales 4 Tots, Teen Book Club, Nancy’s Book Club, Island Reader’s and Locals Week at the Library.
Christ United Methodist Church – No services March 15 & 22 and March 14 Soup Sale is canceled.
David Landsberger Family YMCA – Closing 3pm March 16 until further notice.
Delmarva Discovery Museum – Closed
Don’s Seafood Restaurant – As of March 23, closed until further notice.
- Classes will resume classes on March 23 through REMOTE INSTRUCTION. Some skills classes, such as welding, for which we will hold some on-campus sessions with small groups of students.
- ESCC Community Update.
Workforce Investment Board has received $87,000.00 to support small businesses in the region to address the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds can be used to support small businesses (250 employees or less) to meet extra sanitation needs and supplies. The funds can also be used to purchase software, laptops, cell phones or put in place other innovative strategies to keep them from laying off workers.
Eastern Shore Literacy Council – Closed to visitors. Canceled classes and tutoring sessions until further notice. Available via phone or email.
In Tune Massage Therapy – Closed March 19 – April 9
Island Community House – All events canceled
Island Creamery – Closed
Ker Place/Eastern Shore Historical Society – Closed to the public for tours as well as appointments for research until Tuesday, June 2.
Libertino Lanes – Closed
Museum of Chincoteague Island – Closed indefinitely
Ray’s Shanty – Closed
Pony Tails Candy Company – Closed indefinitely. Website shut down for online orders. Orders place before 2:30 p.m. on March 30th have been filled and will ship on March 31st.
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital – No visitors will be allowed for routine visits to inpatients or team members in any of its five hospitals until further notice. Riverside hospitals will allow one person to accompany a patient when in the emergency department, mother-baby unit and the neonatal intensive care unit.
The Rusty Rooster Antique Mall – Closed until further notice.
Union Baptist Church – Sunday services (March 15 & 22) and Wednesday night prayer meetings (March 18 & 25) are canceled. Tune in to WESR 103.3FM or online at 11am Sunday mornings to hear Pastor Eley’s sermons.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt canceled. However, if you live on Chincoteague and have children between 1 year old – 5th grade, and would like to have a special Easter Candy Treat left on your step please call or text (757) 894-3009 or you can send a message through facebook. Delivery, Saturday, April 11th.
Virginia Welcome Centers including the Welcome Center at New Church (closing March 13 @ 5pm until April 30th) and Southern Gateway Welcome Center at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (March 13 @ 4:30pm until April 30th) will be closed. Restrooms will remain open.
**Helpful tip – for those businesses in the hospitality industry, who are issuing refunds for guests’ cancelled accommodations, consider reaching out to your banking institution to waive fees incurred for this transaction.**
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Resources
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Prevention and Treatment, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Travel Health Notices
Large Event Gatherings
BBSI – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Updates – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan & Employee Retention Credit for Employers Subject to Closure Due to COVID-19. Call Reid Sterrett at (443) 614-0394 to learn which program is right for your small business.
Governor Northam Press Conferences and Updates
FEMA’s Emergency Lodging Assistance Program. This link is for hotel owners/operators to learn about and see if they meet federal criteria, and to register to participate.
Hampton Roads Workforce Council/Greater Peninsula Workforce Board – Rapid Response Funds $2,000 grants for 145 small businesses.
International Economic Development Council – Summary of the stimulus bill. Learn about important payroll loan program and more.
IRS – Small business & self-employed resources, IRS – Postponement of tax filing,
Paycheck Protection Program – Information and application form for small businesses. Applications being accepted as of April 3rd. To find eligible lenders CLICK HERE.
Shore Delivery Corps. – Starting Monday, April 6, healthy volunteers will pick up food and medications and deliver them safely to people who are most in danger of becoming seriously ill from the virus. Call (757) 801-9950, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Security Administration – Information related about services available
US Chamber Coronavirus Response Toolkit
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship – The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security).
US Travel Association Plea To Contact Congress To Include Financial Support for the Travel & Tourism Industry in Relief Package
Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Virginia Chamber’s COVID-19 Resource Center
Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity –
- One on One Counseling Sessions/SWaM Certification Info and Assistance March 20, March 25, 26, 27 and 30… email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
- Introduction to Selling to the Commonwealth – Webinar via ZOOM March 24, 2020 https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/selling-to-the-commonwealth-eva-introduction-webinar/
- How To Find Leads – Webinar via ZOOM March 31, 2020 https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/events/selling-to-the-commonwealth-eva-how-to-find-leads-webinar/
- Visit our website for workshops/events https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/business-development-and-outreach/events/
- SBA Disaster Declarations have been issued. Virginia SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for small businesses and private, non-profit organizations. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/281d61c
- SBA Implements Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans
Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Food Bank
Virginia Tourism Corporation Business Resources
Virginia Workforce Connection – check unemployment status or file a new claim
WESR The Shore 103.3 FM, Coastal Country 105.7 FM
Health Awareness Resources
Public Safety Resources