City of Waynesboro COVID-19 Response

The City of Waynesboro is committed to ensuring that all essential services necessary for public health and safety continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response. By working together to observe best practices for hygiene and isolation, citizens can help prevent an outbreak in our community. 

For regional, state, and national resources to help with the virus response, see our Coronavirus Resource page: https://www.waynesboro.va.us/1032/Coronavirus-Resource-Information 

Here is what you need to know about City services and facilities:

  • City events, programs and/or gatherings held on City property are canceled until further notice. This includes Riverfest, the Park to Park ½ Marathon, the Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium, Egg Hunt, Petpawlooza, Rosenwald Block Party, and the South River Fly-Fishing Expo.
  • The Charles Yancey Municipal Building (City Hall) is closed until further notice.  The Treasurer’s drive-through window and drop-box will remain open. The City encourages citizens to conduct business with the City, including paying utility bills, online or by telephone or email.  Please visit https://www.waynesboro.va.us/ to explore options or call 540-942-6600.
  • ELECTIONS: The Waynesboro City General Registrar is encouraging the use of absentee voting by mail, using the absentee code 2A. No supporting information is required using this code. The election will be held May 19th. Voters can request an absentee ballot at www.elections.virginia.gov,by emailing jefferslp@ci.waynesboro.va.us, or by calling 540-942-6620. Direct link to absentee ballot request: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/ 
  • Public Works is asking that all refuse customers consider handling their garbage cans with gloved hands or use other sanitary means when handling cans (such as handwashing after handling) during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Public Works administration building is closed to the public, but staff are still available via phone 540-942-6624 or email publicworks@ci.waynesboro.va.us .
  • Utilities: The City of Waynesboro has suspended cutoffs of water service, sewer and refuse collection service. Late charges will continue to accrue.
  • Circuit Court proceedings are suspended until May 17, 2020. The court’s and clerk’s offices remain open and will address matters such as advisement of right to counsel, bond hearings, and emergency hearings. The Commonwealth Attorney’s office remains open, but citizens are asked to call the office at 540-942-6780 rather than coming in person. For more information, see: https://www.waynesboro.va.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1585.
  • Waynesboro Police Officers will continue to provide law enforcement services. However, they may take certain precautions while responding to calls, including asking to speak to citizens outside, working through situations over the phone, avoiding close contact, and wearing personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Some activities like the ride along program and employment fingerprinting have been suspended indefinitely. Citizens are asked to be patient with officers as they implement safeguards to protect themselves and our community.
  • The War Memorial Pool in Ridgeview Park will not operate this summer due to budget cuts.
  • All parks and the South River Greenway are currently open. Full update from Parks and Rec. Playgrounds, ballfields, and basketball courts are closed. Stay clear of large gatherings, but don’t stay indoors. Citizens can still fish, paddle, hike, and enjoy our natural environment. We ask that you protect yourself and your neighbors by practicing good hygiene and effective social distancing. All park restrooms are closed. Shelter reservations through May 10 are canceled and organized youth sports’ use of city park facilities is currently suspended. Please direct further questions to: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us or call 540-942-6735.
  • The Rosenwald Community Center is closed to the public. Open gym, public meetings, the Teen Room, and all classes are canceled until further notice.
  • The Tourist Information Center is closed until further notice. The Economic Development and Tourism Department is closed to the public, but staff are still available via phone or email.
  • The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority has enacted an emergency loan fund to aid small businesses who might be affected by shutdowns. The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has also implemented a COVID-19 Local Response Fund. Staff@WaynesboroBusiness.com
  • Office On Youth programs are currently canceled or postponed, but staff will continue to take referrals for future programs and classes. All court and school ordered youth services are continuing, but contacts may be modified. If you have questions, please visit www.officeonyouth.com or call 540-942-6757.
  • The Waynesboro Public Library is closed to patrons until further notice. Fines are suspended - you do not need to return your books until the library reopens.