Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has extended the closure of City of Roanoke municipal facilities to the general public until June 10, in alignment with Governor Northam’s Temporary Stay-At-Home Order (Executive Order 55), due to the novel coronavirus. Unless the Governor rescinds the Executive Order before the June 10 date, the City will enforce its revised extension.
The Temporary Stay-At-Home Order followed the Governor’s declaration under Executive Order on March 12 that a State of Emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to the potential spread of COVID-19. In response to that Executive Order, the City of Roanoke and neighboring localities took the precautionary measure of declaring a local emergency on March 16.
City administration continues to develop plans for the safe, phased reopening of municipal facilities once the Order is lifted, to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for City services and the community. While offices are closed to the public, the City of Roanoke is providing modified services to citizens, in an effort to protect the health and safety of both staff and citizens. Use this link to learn about those modifications.
Paved Greenway Closure in City of Roanoke to Extend to Coincide with Governor’s Phase I Reopening
The paved greenways in the City of Roanoke will remain closed until the Governor lifts the Stay At Home Order, anticipated to occur as part of the Phase I Reopening described in his Forward Virginia Blueprint. This is an extension of the original closure on April 3. The City recognizes the value of the outdoors and exercise at this time; thus, all 60 of our parks and their 14,000 acres, courts, athletic fields, trails and playgrounds. most of which are in close proximity to each of our neighborhoods, remain open. Click here for a list of lesser-known parks to visit.
Parks users are asked to keep the following in mind while recreating or exercising:
- Don’t visit parks and trails if you feel unwell.
- Cough into your elbow.
- Practice safe social distancing from other patrons.
- Recreate on playground equipment at your own risk as it is not regularly disinfected.
- Park restrooms, including port-o-johns, are closed.
- Do not gather in groups larger than 10.