Monday, February 6, 2023

Here’s what’s closed and canceled due to the coronavirus

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) makes its way across the Peninsula, a number of events are being canceled and public facilities are closing.

Seven people in James City County have tested “presumptive positive” for the respiratory virus as of Friday at noon, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

RELATED STORY: VDH: James City County now has 7 ‘presumptive positive’ coronavirus cases.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency, canceling state and large events as well as banning state employees from traveling out of Virginia for 30 days.

In the hours following his remarks, Thomas Nelson Community College and Hampton University decided to cancel on-campuses classes and both Williamsburg-James City County Schools and Hampton City Schools canceled field trips and after-school activities including athletic games.

In addition, the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail suspended all volunteer programs and weekend sentencing for people court-ordered to serve jail time during the weekend.

WYDaily has compiled a list other events, universities that have been canceled.

City schools

  • SAT testing in WJCC is cancelled for Saturday.
  • SAT testing at Heritage High School, canceled.
  • Walsingham Academy, closed Friday, online classes begin March 19.
  • All K-12 schools, closed from March 16-27.
  • JCC REC Connect before and after school program, closed from March 16-27.
  • Williamsburg Christian Academy, closed through April 14, online classes begin March 16


  • College of William & Mary, closed through April 3, online classes begin online on March 23, all athletic competitions for the remainder of the winter and spring season sports have been canceled
  • Thomas Nelson Community College, online classes begin March 23, the college will remain open.
  • Tidewater Community College, classes canceled Monday and Tuesday, online classes begin March 18.
  • Christopher Newport University, classes moved online until April 10. All athletic competitions are canceled for the spring season. All residence halls are closed starting March 16 until further notice.
  • Hampton University, online instruction begins March 17.
  • Old Dominion University, online classes begin March 23 and will continue through April 6.
  • Saint Leo University, classes suspended through March 20, online classes begin March 23.


  • Quarterpath Recreation Center, closed through March 16.
  • Greater Williamsburg Business Council, all events postponed until further notice
  • Municipal Building, closed through March 16.
  • Stryker Center, closed until March 16.
  • Williamsburg Police Department, closed to the public through March 16, no tours or visits. Police officers will be on duty; employees are still working.
  • Williamsburg Fire Station, closed to the public through March 16, no tours or visits. Fire personnel on duty; employees are still working.
  • WATA service for Routes 1, 2, 3 and 5, suspended starting March 16-27.

James City County

  • Williamsburg Regional Library, closed Friday through Monday
  • All County facilities, closed Friday
  • County Parks, open
  • Convenience Center on Jolly Pond Road, open
  • County parks, open

York County

  • Senior Center of York, all programs suspended starting March 16 for 30 days.
  • County offices, closed March 16-17.
  • Tabb and Yorktown libraries, closed March 14-17.
  • Parks & Recreation, programs and activities suspended through April 12.
  • All library programs, canceled through April 30.
  • Little League activities, suspended until April 6.


  • DMV Select offices at the Hampton Treasurer’s Office are closed until further notice.
  • Boo Williams Sportsplex all March events and the walking program is canceled for the next three weeks.
  • Hampton Senior Center is closed starting March 16.

Newport News

  • Weekender and volunteer programs at Newport News Sheriff’s Office, suspended.
  • The Virginia Living Museum, closed March 14-31. All public events are canceled.
  • Mariners’ Museum and Park, closed starting March 14-31. All public events and programs are suspended through March 31.

Cancelled events

  • Love is Love Pride Festival, originally scheduled April 4, postponed until further notice.
  • Williamsburg Regional Library Kids Studio Grand Opening, originally scheduled March 21, postponed until further notice.
  • VFCA 5K, originally scheduled March 14, cancelled.
  • Shamrock Slam Pickleball Tournament, originally scheduled March 14-15, cancelled.
  • Joint meeting of Williamsburg City Council, James City County Board of Supervisors, Williamsburg-James City County School Board, originally scheduled March 13, cancelled.
  • Aura CuriAtlas Performance at Kimball Theatre, originally scheduled March 14-15, canceled.
  • Williamsburg Regional Library Tax Aide programs, canceled.
  • Home-Based Business Conference, originally scheduled for March 20, canceled.
  • Williamsburg Farmers Market, canceled for Saturday
  • LINK of Hampton Roads Dinner & Dance, canceled
  • Sturgill Simpson, A Good Look’n Tour at the Hampton Coliseum, originally scheduled March 13, canceled
  • Walk in Their Shoes 2020 with the Center of Sexual Assault Survivors, postponed until April 18.
  • Williamsburg Police Easter Egg Hunt, postponed to April 11
  • Old Dominion Honor Flight, postponed the April 25 mission to Washington DC.
  • Power Plant of Hampton Roads, canceled all festivals and concerts.
  • Heritage High School Class of 2021 Ring Dance, postponed to May 15.
  • “Count Me In Hampton” Census kickoff at Peninsula Towne Center on March 14, postponed.
  • Marketplace Talks:”Privilege As It Relates To Gender” at the New Life Church scheduled for March 14, postponed.
  • “Census And A Movie” at Hampton Main Library branch scheduled for March 16, postponed.
  • Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Museums, all events and programs canceled through April 11.
  • Healthy Aging Conference, originally scheduled April 4, postponed until further notice
  • Thrive Women’s Conference, postponed to May 15-16
  • Women’s United Stone Soup scheduled March 14, postponed.
  • Fido Fest, originally scheduled March 21, canceled
  • Summer Job Fair, originally scheduled March 14, canceled
  • Community Participation Listening Forum, originally scheduled March 23, postponed until further notice
  • Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Ceremony, originally scheduled March 26, canceled
  • Cars and Coffee with Cops, originally scheduled March 14, canceled
  • Busch Gardens Opening Day, originally scheduled March 15, canceled
  • VISION 2020, originally scheduled March 12, canceled
  • Millennium Tour Show at Hampton Coliseum, postponed.
  • More Than a Princess Conference scheduled for March 20-21, postponed.
  • York High School Annual Car Show scheduled for March 21, postponed until May.
  • Tax Credit Information Session scheduled for March 16, canceled.

The following events have not been cancelled as of noon on Friday:

This story will be updated.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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