The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has received $9,840 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, a new grant made available to Virginia’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) across the Commonwealth that have been heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic to fund recovery marketing initiatives. The program awarded $866,504 in marketing grant funds to 90 DMOs.
The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is offering a special virtual edition of their Destination Ambassador training program on July 29, 2020 for front-line restaurant, hotel and attraction employees. The program’s focus will be on operational best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as how to manage guests, policies and expectations. The special program will also cover challenges in today’s environment and offer an opportunity for participants to network and share experiences.
Construction of the next phase of the Green Circle Trail (Phase III) on the south side of Jubal Early Drive from west of Harvest Drive to east of Valley Avenue began in mid-July 2020. This phase will construct a 10-foot pedestrian trail between Abrams Crossing shopping center and The Lofts at Jubal Square apartment complex (see map below).
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.
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: