The below list came directly from RVAHub, who has done an amazing job compiling all this information, especially since I know it takes a lot of time to research and compile. I wanted to share it with you all as I found it extremely useful and beneficial during this time. As always, things are changing quickly, so this information can quickly become out of date, so please double check websites before altering your plans. I’ll try to keep it as up to date as possible, but there’s a lot going on. Also, feel free to message me with any additional information you find!
Government & Community Organizations
- Commonwealth of Virginia declared a State of Emergency to enable resources to be activated where and when needed.
- City of Richmond recommends canceling all major events within city limits until further notice.
- Richmond Parks & Recreation is canceling certain activities and classes city-wide.
- Richmond City Council has canceled its March meetings.
- Over 50 Central Virginia localities create a centralized command center to manage virus-related activities and emergency operations.
- Richmond Department of Public Utilities is suspending water disconnections to encourage sanitary habits.
- Richmond Animal Care and Control will be closed March 14-27th. Fosters needed immediately email [email protected] for details.
- The Richmond Department of Social Services is operating on reduced hours.
- The Office of Community Wealth Building has canceled its March programming.
- The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) is operating on a normal schedule but is taking additional health and safety precautions.
- FeedMore has announced safety precautions and released updates on helping neighbors in need.
- Richmond, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico government offices will be closed Monday 3/16 for planning and cleaning.
- City of Richmond General District and Juvenile courts will be closed Monday, 3/16.
- Westover Hill United Methodist Tot Lot (Triangle Playground) will be closed to the public from March 13 to March 27.
- State Capitol and Pocohontas legislative office building closing to public starting at 5 PM on March 16th through the end of March, per General Assembly leadership and clerks, in consultation with the Governor. Staff will still have access to both buildings.
Please note that this list is rapidly changing and we’re doing our best to keep it updated but we will at time have some outdated information. Please let us know if there has been a change.
- 3 Monkeys closed. Reopening TBD.
- Adarra closed. Reopening TBD.
- Alewife to-go only.
- Ardent Craft Ales tasting room closed. Plan to launch curbside to-go service on March 17th.
- Bamboo closed. Reopening TBD.
- Barrel Thief Cafe closed, the shop remains open.
- Blue Bee Cider serving area closed. Curbside to-go bottle for sale.
- Brenner Pass curbside service.
- Buskey Cider tasting room closed. To-go only being offered.
- Can Can Brasserie dining room closed. Limited to-go menu to start March 17th. Planned reopening March 30th.
- Capital One Cafe closed. Reopening TBD.
- Cary Street Cafe closed. Reopening TBD.
- Chocolates by Kelly closed. Will be offering delivery. Orders and gift certificates can be purchased by emailing [email protected]. Reopening TBD.
- Citizen closed permanently. They were looking to sell but that deal fell through for obvious reasons.
- Crossroads Coffee closed two weeks starting March 16th.
- Don’t Look Back (both locations) closed. Reopening TBD.
- Dutch and Company closed two weeks starting March 16th.
- Hang Space Closed but offering free lunches to children in need. Reopening TBD.
- Helen’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- Heritage closed but offering “take and bake” meals. Reopening TBD.
- Hobnob closed but launching pick up/take out menu that will start on the evening of Tuesday, March 17.
- Ironclad Coffee Roaster to-go only.
- Isley Brewing to-go service only.
- Jasper closed. Reopening TBD.
- L’Opossum closed. Reopening April.
- Laura Lee’s closed. Reopening TBD.
- Longoven closed. Reopening TBD.
- Mekong closed. Reopening TBD.
- Mise En Place Cooking School closed. Reopening TBD.
- Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen closed. Reopening TBD.
- PikNikRVA closed. Reopening TBD.
- Pop’s Market on Grace closed. Reopening TBD.
- Rare Olde Times closed but offering a limited to-go menu. Reopening TBD.
- Rostov’s Coffee and Tea starting March17th, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick-up orders only. Customers urged to call in their orders and prepay.
- River City Roll closed. Reopening TBD.
- Sefton Coffee Company closed. Reopening TBD.
- Southbound to-go only.
- Social52 to go-only.
- Stir Crazy Cafe to-go orders only starting March 16th.
- Sugar Shack Donuts closes at noon March 16th tentatively planning to reopen March 20th.
- Tazza Kitchen curbside service.
- The Treat Shop RVA will be closed until further notice.
- Triple Crossing to-go only. Offering cans/crowlers/merchandise to-go in person (card only transactions) or through ordering on their website. Reopening TBD.
- Veil Brewing starting Tuesday, March 17th, will be moving to outdoor to-go sales only.
- WPA Bakery to-go only.
In the interest of public health and safety, the administration of Mayor Levar Stoney recommends that all restaurants, bars and other establishments that serve food and drink within city limits eliminate bar seating, move tables at least six feet apart and limit their on-site service to 50 percent of their normal capacity. If 50 percent of capacity exceeds the CDC-recommended limit of 50 people gathered, establishments should limit their service to 50 or fewer patrons. The recommendation does not affect any restaurant’s capacity to offer carryout and delivery. In order to support the residents and businesses of Richmond, the administration will introduce on March 23 an ordinance outlining a city amnesty program for all penalties and interest on most local taxes due between March 13 and June 30, 2020. This proposed program will exclude personal property taxes on vehicles, motor vehicle license taxes, and vehicle license fees, as required by ordinance. The city is also exploring options for a program to issue small, no-interest loans to support small businesses. More information on this will be provided at a later date.
- Bow Tie theaters closing effective Monday, March 16th. Reopening date TBD.
- Fountain Book Store closed. Someone will be in the store from 10-2 and they’ll be offering free delivery and curbside pickup.
- South of the James Farmers Market Closed on Saturday 3/14 – Will evaluate future openings/closings in the coming week.
- Kings Dominion has moved its opening date from March 28th to April 4th.
- Most grocery stores are operating on shortened hours to allow for restocking and cleaning. Check their website before heading out.
- World of Mirth closed to customers but if you call them check their Facebook they have delivery options including bringing it out to your car.
- Greenleaf’s Pool Room closed indefinitely.
- Rosie’s Gaming closed until March 30th.
Schools & Daycare
- Richmond Public Schools are closed that means no food for many children. RPS is continuing to provide meals for families impacted at these schools. If you want to help fill out this Google Form so they can follow up with you.
- Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school through Friday, March 27th.
- Richmond Public Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 for both students and staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They will remain closed for at least two weeks.
- Virginia colleges and universities are extending spring break and adapting online classes amid the new coronavirus.
- Chesterfield County Public Schools will close beginning March 13th for two weeks.
- Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will be closed for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27).
- Appomattox Regional Governor’s School will be closed for two weeks.
- Hanover County Public Schools will be closed until at least until March 27.
- YMCA of Greater Richmond has canceled child care and modified some activities; facilities remain open.
- Richmond Kickers delay the start of the season by two weeks. The first game is scheduled for April 18th.
- Monument 10K postponed until September 26th
- Red Army vs Kickers Front Office game scheduled for 3/14 has been postponed. No new date has been set.
- Richmond Flying Squirrels 4/16 opening delayed. No new date has been set.
- A10 basketball tournament was canceled; our photographer on-site got some photos of VCU practicing just before the tipoff that never was.
- Run For The Hills Forest Hill 5k is postponed; they’re working on a new date.
- FC Richmond has canceled all games and related activities until further notice.
- Sportable is canceling all programming through Sunday, March 29.
- Own Touch has made the decision to cancel all activities scheduled on 3/13/2020 – 3/15/2020.
- Virginia High School League has decided the spring sports season be delayed for two weeks with the first play date now scheduled for March 30th.
- Spring- BadaBing Craft fair postponed. New date TBD.
- Church Hill Irish Festival scheduled for 3/21 has been postponed. No new date has been set.
- St. Patrick’s Day at Hardywood’s West Creek location has been canceled. At this time the brewery remains open.
- RVA Street Art Festival scheduled for April 2020 along the Floodwall on Dock Street, is being moved to September 25-27 due to unexpected logistical conflicts.
- Time Travelers Weekend scheduled for 3/14 has been canceled but many museums will be open.
- The Richmond SPCA’s 18th annual Dog Jog has been canceled; a virtual event will take place.
- Innsbrook’s St. Paddy’s Palooza has been postponed to a later date.
- 45th Annual Greek Festival has been postponed until August 27th – 30th.
- Richmond Forum has postponed its March 21st and 24th programs. The April 18th is scheduled to take place at this time.
- O’Toole’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration canceled. The restaurant remains open.
- Studio Two Three is canceling all classes and large organizational events until further notice.
- Richmond Public Library will be closed starting March 14th through March 30th. They are asking that you keep your checked out items at home for now. There will be no late fees.
- Firehouse Theatre will cancel all public events through Sun, April 5 to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, and audiences.
- The National will be closed until the date(s) specified by local officials, subject to ongoing reassessment. Their hope is to reschedule as many of the affected events as possible, but at this time there is no information on new dates.
- Visual Arts Center is closing on March 13 and reopening on April 6. The start date of our spring session will be delayed by about two weeks. This is subject to change.
- Friends of the Richmond Public Library are postponing their 2020 Spring Book Sale scheduled for the first weekend in April.
- French Film Festival postponed until March 25-28, 2021.
- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is closed through March 27th.
- The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is also closed through the 27th.
- Virginia Opera has postponed its production of Aida and other productions until further notice.
- The Valentine Richmond History Center will be closed Through March 30th.
- The Byrd Theatre is closed for the foreseeable future due to virus concerns.
- Virginia Holocaust Museum tentatively closed through March 29th.
- Maymont Mansion will be closed from March 15 to March 30 to slow the spread of COVID-19. Maymont’s 100 acres of parkland remain open.
- The Virginia Department of Health has a wealth of resources and an ongoing list of those tested and infected.
- COVID-19 Educational Materials from Washington State in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese. From the Washington State Department of Health. via @leahraemullis on Twitter.
- The staff at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences has created an excellent resource directory with reliable information about the outbreak.
Social distancing is the term used to describe certain actions recommended by health officials to disrupt the chain of contagion in a pandemic. This involves steps such as: keeping 3-6 feet from others, avoiding public gatherings, and limiting face to face contact with others.
- Richmond Public Schools has begun meal distribution for ALL RPS families that starts today, Monday, March 16th. Please visit one of our food distribution sites 9:30 am-12:30 pm to receive shelf sustainable food for your family during the break! Sites will be open Monday-Friday.
- Tara Casey @legal_lou on Twitter is putting together the wonderful #RVATogether list. 11 different organizations (including school districts) need help in many different ways. Highlight: donations welcome via drive-thru drop-off or Amazon shipping. Please help if you can. #COVID19 docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
- Chesterfield Public Schools will provide free meals to students ages 18 years & younger while the division is closed due to COVID-19.
@EPICatEttrickES was added as a distribution site. @ReamsElemAP pickup is at the mobile village behind @AMDavisElemMore info here.
- Your local actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. will also be impacted by the downturn in business. This page is an excellent resource for those freelance workers.
- Greater Richmond Continuum (GRCoC) is providing emergency shelter alternatives and coordinated plans to aid the homeless in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.The GRCoC partners need donations to meet the needs of the homeless population:– $10 gift cards for gas stations and food for shelter residents and unsheltered individuals;
– Cleaning supplies, including soap, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash masks, and disposable face masks;
– Canned food; and
– Bus tickets for residents.
If you’re interested in donating, please contact Michael Rogers of Homeward at [email protected] or via phone at 804-343-2045, extension 22. If you’d like to donate directly, click here.
- Visual Arts Center is offering a way to nurture your creative spirit without leaving home this week? Our friend Michael-Birch Pierce is this month’s Creative Mornings speaker and registration just opened online! The event will be hosted 100% digitally this Friday, March 20, and it will explore the theme of identity. Michael-Birch Pierce is a fiber artist and fashion designer who has embroidered portraits at the Oscars, the Super Bowl, Design/Miami, SXSW, and even embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House. Read more and shop their work at michaelbirchpierce.com. More info here.
- Scholastic set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+. Each section is already equipped with one week of content for students with 15 additional days on the way.
- Comcast is offering free internet for low income families. Go to InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish. All new customers will receive “a free self-install kit” with no shipping fee.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (free video series) Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today, March 16th. Learn more kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
- Compiled list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings http://amazingeducationalresources.com
- List of coloring books/pages from museums from around the world. Some are experiencing difficulty due to heavy traffic.
RVA Local Business Feature: Any Lab Test Now!
Any Lab Test Now is a locally owned franchise located in the West End of Richmond, in the same shopping area as Walmart. This business is woman owned by an amazing Richmond native and mom of twin girls. She has been in the healthcare industry for over 14 years,...
Toddler Tantrums & Triggers…And How to Stop Them
This original story was shared by The Local Moms Network Contributor Harvey Karp, M.D. Toddler truth: Tantrums usually peak at 18 to 24 months, subside a bit, then crest again around 3.5 years. So, knowing how to prevent—and quell—these meltdowns now will...
Get Better Sleep & Skin with SAINT JANE
Sleep and skincare are two things that have become more important to many of us since becoming moms. Whether you’re waking up with babies, waiting up for teenagers, or simply burning the candle at both ends, good sleep is priceless. Skincare, too, becomes more...