Ladies and Gentlemen,
As of 5:00 p.m. today, Lancaster County declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic pursuant to Virginia Code section § 44-146.21, as amended. COVID-19, a communicable disease that threatens public health is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant coordinated local government action to prevent or alleviate potential hardship or suffering. This Declaration is issued as a precautionary security measure to allow for the full powers of government to deal effectively with the emergency.
Public access to Lancaster County offices and buildings is suspended effective immediately, until further notice, including County Administration, Building Official, Planning and Zoning, Registrar, Social Services, Emergency Services, Sheriff, and the offices of the Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue. The Courts have issued their own notices for closures. Essential services will still be provided including Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement and Waste Management.
The Department of Social Services will continue to provide essential mandated services to include responding to child and adult protective services reports. You can apply for benefits by phone at 1 (855) 635-4370 or https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access.
Payments to the Treasurer’s office can be made on-line, mailed or left in the drop-box outside of the building.
All public meetings previously scheduled will be rescheduled to later dates.
All County Staff will report to work as usual or as directed by their supervisor. County staff will be available to conduct business and assist the public over the phone or by email. Online applications are also available for many government services. Additional updates, notices, information and announcements will be posted on the County website at www.lancova.com.
Copies of the press release and executed Declaration of Local Emergency are attached for you to post on entrance doors as needed.
Let me know if you have questions.
Don G. Gill County Administrator