Sunday, February 5, 2023

Some changes slated for Williamsburg’s Phase 2 reopening

The Williamsburg City Council met virtually on Thursday to discuss budget impacts related to the coronavirus. (WYDaily/Joint Base Langely-Eustis)
(WYDaily/Joint Base Langely-Eustis)

The city of Williamsburg will enter Phase 2 of its plan to reopen on Monday.

That means public buildings will remain closed the public, except for the Stryker Center, which will have limited service.

Parks and playgrounds will reopen with limited services. No rental services for facilities or equipment are available at city parks.

All city services remain available online or by alternative means, according to a news release from the city.

All special events that require a permit may be allowed to continue with an infection control plan.

City Council, boards and commissions may hold in-person meetings wearing face masks and limited attendance, according to the news release.

Here’s info on the coming phases:

Phase 3

For the public:

  • All public building will be open to the public.
  • Parks and playgrounds will open with full service.
  • Public facilities will be available on a limited basis using a service queue. At the lobby of each public facility, patrons will need to check in, request a service and will be alerted by text or with a pager that they may proceed to the requested department.
  • Residents in need of services will be required to wear a facemask while in any area where more than one person is present.
  • Service counters will be outfitted with barriers and markings on the floor will show safe social distances.
  • All city services remain available online or by alternative means.
  • All special events that require a permit may be allowed to continue if an infection management plan is submitted to and approved by the city manager.

Phase 4 — Williamsburg’s Path Forward

  • All public buildings will be open to the public.
  • All city services will remain available online or by alternative means.

Much of the state entered Phase 2 Friday. Details of the state’s Phase 2 can be found here.

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John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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