When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, many of the city’s residents were forced to stay home for an extended period of time. Understandably, this resulted in more household trash being generated than normal. In an effort to provide the best level of customer service as possible, we have been picking up additional trash that exceeds the established limit of three (3), 42-gallon containers or bags. Click here for the regulations.
Prior to COVID-19, one in seven children in Virginia struggled with hunger. In these unprecedented times, even more children are living in food insecure homes.
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC), which provided an additional $600/week in benefits to individuals who could not work during the COVID pandemic, is ending on July 25, 2020.
Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in July, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue the emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum benefits and who are not currently repaying a prior over-issuance of SNAP benefits.
At the June 23, 2020 Work Session, City Council discussed the possible renaming of Jubal Early Drive. Several correspondences and a petition from community members prompted the agenda item. In order to determine the community’s opinion on the matter, Council directed City staff to solicit public input.
A list of frequently asked questions and a short survey is now available online at www.winchesterva.gov/jubal-early-drive-renaming. The deadline to submit the survey is July 13, 2020 at 8 am.
The City of Winchester will be awarding grants to eligible, locally owned micro-sized businesses, large-sized businesses, and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Micro-sized businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations may receive a maximum grant award of up to $5,000. Large-sized businesses may receive a maximum grant award of up to $10,000.
For the past several years, visitors to Old Town Winchester have grown accustomed to a familiar tradition of summer events. Faced with the continuing spread of COVID-19 and public health recommendations from state and national officials, the City has canceled its major public events through September (see below list). However, there’s still plenty to love in Old Town Winchester—especially with the new engaging and socially distant Summer Vibe programming on the Loudoun Street Mall.
Since June 1, 2020 the Jim Barnett Park outdoor pool has been open for lap swimming and swim team practices only. Beginning Friday, July 3, the pool will be available for general swimming during designated times. Reservations will be accepted for general swim for individuals and groups of 10 or less. Reservations are not available for lap swim. Please note that the slide (main pool) and mushroom (wading pool) will remain closed.
The lap swim and general schedule will be as follows beginning July 3:
For the protection of public health and safety, the City has made the difficult decision to close the Old Town Winchester (OTW) splash pad and adjoining public restrooms for the remaining 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The splash pad and restrooms are located on the south end of the Loudoun Street Mall (between Cork Street and Boscawen Street).
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) and the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will be hosting the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Friday, July 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The drive will be held at the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, 1001 East Cork Street in Winchester.