This is a running list of closings, cancellations and postponements happening in response to the threat of a potential coronavirus outbreak locally. Please send announcements to Robin Earl at email@example.com so we can keep the list up to date.
Shenandoah National Park closed until further notice
National Parks Service Superintendent Jennifer Flynn announced on April 8 that Shenandoah National Park is closed to "ALL access" effective immediately. Va. 211 and Va. 33 are still open to through-traffic.
The latest alerts from SNP are available on their website.
Bull Run Mountains Preserve closed temporarily
Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve has closed to the public until further notice. An April 2 blog post from the preserve said that cultural and natural resources at the preserve had recently been damaged by visitors; closing the area is an effort to preserve these resources and comply with social-distacing guidelines, the post said. Staff will continue to monitor the site for trespassing.
Warrenton Presbyterian Church will virtual-only activities during Holy Week through live videos on Facebook and Vimeo.
A weekly prayer meeting will be held on April 8 at 9 a.m.; a Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 9 at 7 p.m.; a Good Friday service will be held jointly with Warrenton Baptist Church on April 10 at 12 p.m. and an Easter service will be livestreamed at 11 a.m. on April 12.
All of the live broadcasts can be accessed at the church's Facebook page. The Easter service will be additionally livestreamed on Vimeo.
Fauqiuer County updates closures
Fauquier County has announced the following locations will be closed until further notice.
- Marshall Community Center
- Warrenton Community Center
- Vint Hill Community Center
- Theatre on the Green
- Monroe Park- historic buildings and park office
- Northern Fauquier Community Park office
- CM Crockett Park- concession stands, boat rentals and park office
- Warrenton Branch Greenway Caboose
- All athletic fields
- All existing pavilion rentals will be cancelled (through May 9) and no new reservations will be taken at this time.
- Schoolhouse #18
- All playgrounds
- All park restrooms and portable toilets
All recreation programs have been canceled as well. Any future updates will be shared on the parks and recreation page of the county website, and the Facebook page.
State parks remain open for day use; all indoor facilities closed
Effective March 27, all overnight facilities and restrooms at Virginia State Parks will be closed through April 30. Visitor centers and all in-person programming was previously cancelled through April 30. Parks remain open to day-use activities. More information is available on the state parks website.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative closes lobbies
According to a March 24 press release, all REC lobbies have been closed "out of an abundance of caution." The release emphasized that the cooperative otherwise remains operating as normal and that service is available to members online and by phone. More information can be found at the cooperative's website, myrec.coop.
State suspends state inspections and other requirements for 60 days
According to Fauquier County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Hartman, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order extending for 60 days the validity of all VA driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, CMV permits and vehicle registrations.
The state site that lists coronavirus updates (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/) reads:
- For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension.
- Northam has directed the Virginia Department of State Police to suspend enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.
Hartman added, "However, neither the FCSO nor the Warrenton Police Department has received any official notice of this."
Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taproom
Brian Roeder, owner of Barrel Oak Winery and Taproom in Delaplane submitted a press release explaining, "Due to the developing Covid-19 crisis, Barrel Oak Winery has temporarily ceased tasting room operations. Online and curbside sales continue."
- All 50 Barrel Oak employees have been released from employment.
- Online, drive-up and telephone sales continue; however there is no public entry to the facility.
- Drive up sales and wine collection will be available on Saturday, Sunday and Thursday between 12 and 4 p.m. Barrel Oak’s website is www.barreloak.com.
- Queries can be directed to 703-798-8308 or 540-364-6402 x1.
- All shipping is free.
- All wine is being sold at a discount.
- Operations will again commence once this health crisis has passed.
In an accompanying letter to customers, Roeder wrote, "First, we encourage everyone to stay calm and drink wine. And as always, Barrel Oak is here to help you with that in our own unique way."
He included details about discounted items and added, "We all can stock up on compassion as we also stock up on wine. Because we also want to provide for those most in need, 3% of your purchase will go to Generosity Feeds, a 501(c)3 which prepares nutritious meals for disadvantaged children to take home from school and eat on weekends. https://generosityfeeds.org/."
Silhouette Spring Fashion Show cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 precautionary rulings and declared State of Emergency in Virginia, the Fauquier Silhouette Spring Fashion Show -- scheduled for March 28 -- has been postponed.
A spokesman said, "A future date has not been determined at this time, however we are working with the venue to reschedule and will notify all guests as soon as a date is confirmed. Paid tickets will be honored for the future date and participants/guests will be notified with event details as they are made available."
Warrenton Gordmans shortens hours due to COVID-19 pandemic
The Warrenton Gordmans will operate under adjusted hours until further notice as a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a March 18 press release from parent company Stage Stores.
Gordmans will be open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. The firm has directed its staff to take additional measures to ensure surfaces are disinfected and employees do not come into work sick, the release said.
Social Security offices closed
All local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service. This decision protects the population the offices serve — older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions — and employees, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.
Residents can apply online for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more. Answers to frequently asked questions may be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.
Anyone who cannot conduct their Social Security business online may check with the online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact a local office. Local offices still will be able to provide critical services to help citizens apply for benefits, answer questions, and provide other services over the phone.
The office will call anyone who already has an in-office appointment or hearing scheduled, to handle the appointment over the phone instead. The call may come from a private number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Employees will not threaten citizens or ask for any form of payment.
If a resident cannot complete their Social Security business online, they may call the National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). The National 800 Number has many automated service options that can be used without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.
Town of Warrenton
The Town of Warrenton reported that in spite of recent meeting cancellations, the town government continues to function, services continue and staff is utilizing technology to facilitate operations."
For a complete story on the ways the Town of Warrenton is dealing with the crisis, click here.
Commissioner of the Revenue
Commissioner of the Revenue Eric Maybach reports the following.
For the safety and health of our citizens and employees, The office of the Commissioner of the Revenue is encouraging all residents to utilize our resources to help prevent the spread of COVD-19 Coronavirus.
1.) First and foremost, we urge you to use the Commissioner’s website.
Simply click on the the link below to be redirected to the site. If you are on a mobile device you may need to click “jump to subpage" in the top left corner of the screen.
2.) Call us!. Feel free to contact us by phone with any questions. Our staff will be happy to assist you and We are able to receive necessary documents via email,fax or good old reliable mail.
Real Estate Records
Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled
Personal Property Records and Filings
State Income Tax
3.)Should it be necessary to come to the COR’s office, please note that we try to frequently disinfect surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and workspaces. We ask that you, in turn, help us by using the hand sanitizers placed throughout the office prior to touching any pens, countertops or other surfaces and covering your mouth should you cough or sneeze.
Drum & Strum and Gloria's
Drum & Strum is open allowing limited people in at a time, and also offering curbside, but otherwise conducting business as normal as possible (hours, etc).
Most lessons have moved to virtual, and they are handling repairs, sales, etc. on a case by case basis in whatever way people prefer. All customers and students are encouraged to call before coming in to figure out what best accommodates their individual needs. All events at Gloria’s have either been canceled or postponed.
Piedmont Environmental Council
Piedmont Environmental Council has closed its physical offices until further notice. Its staff is working remotely. All in-person activities and all planned and advertised events for the next eight weeks are canceled or postponed, including: April 4: Annual Bluebell Walk on Cedar Run; April 5: From the Rappahannock, For the Rappahannock; April 11: Loudoun Nature Days at PEC’s Community Farm; April 16: Fauquier Farm and Land Conservation Workshop; April 18: Clarke Stream Team Workshop; April 19: Public Art Bike Ride; and April 22: Earth Day Ice Cream Social.
Due to the coronavirus, Fauquier's Partnership for Community Resources will hold no monthly meetings until further notice. Those involved can continue collaboration among area human services by using: PCR Facebook facebook.com/groups/431307150403412 to post updates regarding an agency's availability, needs, and suggestions (and to benefit from what others have posted, so please be sure to join.; the PCR 300+ Mailing List by sending updates to firstname.lastname@example.org; and by pointing individuals in need to: The online Fauquier County Community Resource Guide at fauquierresources.com and the PATH Community Link live information line of more than 1,000 resources at 855-495-5465.
Fauquier County libraries
Fauquier Public Library will remain closed until further notice. Library book drops are also closed.
However, the libraries offer phone assistance and curbside service at all locations.
Visit the library’s website to learn about resources and downloadable books and audio.
Claire's at the Depot
Claire's at the Depot, a restaurant located at 65 S. Third St. in Warrenton, will be closed to dine-in guests. Curbside pickup will be available from 1 to 5 p.m., with a limited menu. The menu will be updated on Claire's Facebook page.
Claire's may be reached at 540-351-1616.
Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
Old Bust Head Brewing Company will be offering curbside to-go packaged beer during regular operating hours. All bands, trivia and "Grab Your Growler" Thursday events are canceled. The brewery is exploring the possibility of delivery and online ordering.
Online addiction recovery meetings available for those at risk from COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic will be disrupting everyday life in untold ways. For those who depend on Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous gatherings, online meetings are available. The website to find online support is at http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php.
Historical home workshop
The Fauquier County Research Workshop (Researching Your Historic Property: a Fauquier County Workshop) scheduled for March 28, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The workshop was being hosted by the Hosted by Fauquier County Department of Community Development and The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail.
The intention is to reschedule this program later in the year. Any questions may directed to Wendy Wheatcraft at email@example.com or (540) 422-8210.
Fauquier Community Theatre
All Fauquier Community Theatre shows and on-site rehearsals are suspended temporarily, according to executive director Debra Smyers. As long as schools are closed, FCT will also remain closed.
FCT rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" and the musical "Disney's Frozen, JR." are being held virtually as the actors learn the songs and choreography at their homes via the internet.
Aimee O'Grady of Hero's Bridge said Monday morning that because of Gov. Ralph Northam’s ban on events of 100 people or more, "we unfortunately have to postpone the Hero's Bridge race scheduled for March 28. As of today, we do not have an idea when the ban will be lifted. Once the ban is over, the Race Team will work to get the date established."
The Fauqiuer Times office at 41 Culpeper St. in Warrenton will be closed to the public for the time being. Anyone may call 540-347-4222 to reach the paper or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who would like to reach managing editor Robin Earl may call 540-272-1852 or email email@example.com.
Each year Aging Together hosts a senior prom or dance. This year, the theme is Sock Hop. The event had been scheduled for April 18, but it has been canceled; the group hopes to reschedule.
The Fauquier Veterans Resource Summit planned for March 26 at the Warrenton-Fauquier airport has been cancelled. Anyone who paid sponsorship money, may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-829-6405.
An April 3 event where Teepa Snow was to appear in person, has been canceled. However, the webinar is still on. Those interested may register online and pay the $15. Snow will discuss a positive approach to care.
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity
Due to the health concerns of COVID-19, all volunteer events and service activities for Fauquier Habitat for Humanity are canceled until further notice. The office is closed to the public; staff will be working remotely. See website for full details http://fauquierhabitat.org; https://twitter.com/FauquierHabitat/status/1239295840256221186?s=20
May 19 Election
The Virginia Department of Elections announced in March that voters are “strongly encouraged” to vote absentee in the May municipal elections due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The directive will apply locally to the May 19 town council elections in Warrenton, Remington and The Plains.
According to VDE’s website, voters may choose the reason “2A My disability or illness” on their application for an absentee ballot. Alex Ables, the general registrar for Fauquier County, confirmed that any voter otherwise eligible to vote in an election on May 5 can utilize the absentee option, regardless of whether they were actually exposed to the novel coronavirus.
“Voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day,” said the statement on the VDE website.
Voters must be registered to vote by April 13 in order to be eligible to participate in the May 5 elections. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is April 12 at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots can be requested online or by mail, phone or fax.
More information about casting an absentee ballot can be found on the VDE website: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting.
The Plains Town Council Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Commission has been postponed indefinitely.
Town of The Plains Planning Commission work session set for April 2 has been cancelled.
Town of The Plains Town Council regular monthly meeting has been postponed until May 18.
Town of The Plains Planning Commission work session set for April 6 has been canceled.
Town of The Plains Planning Commission regular monthly meeting, set for April 6 at 6 p.m., has been canceled.
Town of The Plains Architectural Review Board regular monthly meeting, scheduled for April 6 at 7 p.m. has been canceled.
Other announcements affecting The Plains residents
Tutoring services are canceled until further notice.
Madison Miller and Callaway Lee have both been awarded $1000 scholarships from the Plains Community League. Madison will be attending Case Western Reserve University and Callaway will be attending The University of Virginia.
The Plains Community League is renewing scholarships for Joe Barrett, University of Virginia; Kaylee Jeffries, George Mason University; Isabella Jontz, Longwood University; Cameron Lee, Penn State Mont Alto and Naoya (John) Umetsu, Shenandoah University.
The Plains Community League asks that if anyone knows of a home-bound citizen in need of assistance they should call: 540-253-2119 or e-mail: email@example.com
Grace Monessori School is currently closed; Grace Montessori School follows the Fauquier County Public School schedule for closings.
Saint Marks United Methodist Church
St Mark's will have a conference call service at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Call conferencing number: 1-605-472-5361; access code:151503#
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m the same conference service will be used.
Public worship services and activities have been canceled until May 8.
A 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sundays is now online via Facebook Live on the church's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gracintheplains.
The concert scheduled for April 29 with the Washington Performing Arts' Men & Women of the Gospel Choir has been postponed.
In case of a pastoral emergency, please call 540-253-5177 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday services are currently being held in the church parking lot; attendees are asked to remain in their cars. Indoors services are cancelled until further notice.
- Bible studies are being held by phone every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Follow these instructions: Call in after 6:50 p.m. Dial 1-605-313-6196 after 6:50 p.m. The cccess Code is 336748#. (Don’t for get to dial the "#.") All are welcome to attend.
In case of a pastoral emergency, please call 540-253-5567
Full menu takeout and delivery service within 5 mile radius from takeout and delivery from 3-7:30 pm. Tuesday through Sunday.
From 3-5:00 p.m burgers, pizza, chicken wrap and salads and from 5-7:00 pm a limited dinner with appetizers, salads and our chicken, veal, steak, petite steak, raviolis, fish and crab cakes.
Desserts will be available by whole tarts or individually. Homemade loaves of bread or pastas are available to-go. Wine and beer are also available to-go. The restaurant also sells gift cards.
Also available are hand-cut steaks and fresh organic chicken breasts which are vacuum- packed to cook at home.
Call 540-253-5644 after 2:30 p.m. to place an order.
Open by appointment only, Monday to Wednesday.
Open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Masks are required to enter the store, and masks are available at the store for those without one. Eight or fewer people are permitted in the shop at any one time.
For appointments, call 540-687-6097.
New curbside pickup hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Offering our regular menu daily with limited chef’s specials, with a pre-order, family-style meal by Lydia available for pickup on Friday through Sunday.
Currently, we are only accepting orders via phone at 540-253-5501.
Check our website for updates and postings about our weekly family style meal.
Follow Facebook, Instagram (@girasoleva)
Gift certificates, wine, beer, and loaves of our house-made bread available for purchase.
Maintaining regular business hours.
Phone: 703-378-2900 x101
Online art therapy is available by appointment.
The Cat Kimball exhibit is open by appointment.
All classes and workshops have been cancelled through May 15, 2020
The restaurant is currently closed, but will announce more information soon on its website about reopening plans.
Food and supply donations for the town and nearby surrounding community are being coordinated by The Peas & Grace Food Pantry, a ministry of Grace Episcopal Church.
- The pantry is open Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call and leave a message. Call ahead weekdays (540-253-5177, ext. 101) and leave a message on the answering machine with your name, address, phone number if you want to make a donation or need food.
Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome, to help keep shelves stocked. Drop off donations at the church office Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Not sure what is needed? A good rule of thumb is to “donate whatever you think you would want to eat.”
Dwell Art Gallery is currently closed.
Menu items available for carryout with curbside pickup; gift cards are also available.
Call for 540-253-5790 for carryout and pickup.
- Gargiulo Picture Framing is open by appointment only. Call 540-878-6824 to make an appointment. This business also has a Facebook page.
The Plains Market is currently open to walk-up customers during its regular store hours: 7 a.m to 8 p.m. Orders placed over the phone can be brought to the customer's vehicle.
Pizza kits, deli meats and convenience items are all in stock; orders of fried chicken must be placed by phone in the morning.
- The store can be reached at 540-253-5612.
To have information posted about an organization or business, those interested may contact the town office at: 540-364-4945 or e-mail Nancy Brady, town clerk/treasurer at: email@example.com or Steve Gyurisin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fauquier County Parks and Recreation
The Marshall Community Center gymnasium and the Vint Hill Community Center and gym are closed. Programs are canceled for the Vint Hill Community Center.
The remainder of the Marshall Community Center, the Warrenton Community Center, and all parks and trails remain open.
The trip to the National Zoo, scheduled for April 6 has been canceled and the Kids and K9s Eggstravaganza on April 4 has been postponed until fall 2020.
If applicable, participants will receive a full or pro-rated refund, which will be processed within three days of the cancellation.
Future updates will be shared on the Parks and Recreation website (https://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-h-z/parks-and-recreation), Facebook page and via email as needed.
Electronic recycling event
An electronic recycling event sponsored by HTDNET and Torino's Cafe and Bakery, scheduled for April 25 at 32 Waterloo St. in Warrenton, has been canceled. Organizers say it will be rescheduled later this year.
George Mason University performing arts
In accordance with George Mason University’s decision to cancel or postpone all gatherings until April 10, the College of Visual and Performing Arts performances and events scheduled on campus, including the Center for the Arts in Fairfax; the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, and Mason student and faculty performances and events in university venues including Harris Theatre, the deLaski Performing Arts Building, and TheaterSpace are cancelled through April 10.
In addition, the Great Performances at Mason performances at the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Hylton Center EXTRA!, Matinee Idylls, and American Roots performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center have been cancelled through May 1.
Special events, including the Mason Dance Company Fête (March 28), GAMEmason (March 20), the Hylton Center 10th Anniversary Gala (April 17), and the Center for the Arts 30th Anniversary Open House (April 26) have also been cancelled.
Evening at the Museum canceled
The National Sporting Museum and Library announced it has canceled its Evening at the Museum on Friday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The museum may be reached at 540-687-6542.
Crest Hill Road Bridge public hearing canceled
The design public hearing for the Route 647 (Crest Hill Road) bridge over Thumb Run in Fauquier County has been canceled.
Lord Fairfax Community College, where the hearing was to be held on March 24, notified VDOT that all events that are not critical to the mission of the college are suspended through April 5.
VDOT will reschedule the public hearing.
More information about the projects can be found on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/647bridge.asp.
LFCC job fair canceled
The LFCC Spring Job Fair 2020, scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, has been postponed.
For any other questions about LFCC and its precautionary measures, please visit this link: https://lfcc.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-prevention-response/
George Mason University
George Mason University is open. However, on-campus classes have been suspended; the university will hold classes through virtual alternative instruction.
- Most classes will be conducted through virtual alternative instruction, from Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 3. The university will re-evaluate the situation prior to April 3 and notify the community of next steps.
- The Antonin Scalia Law School will move immediately to virtual alternative instruction and will not go on an extended spring break. Additionally, classes in other colleges and schools that are already online will not be delayed by the extended spring break and will continue as scheduled.
- Mason Korea is providing virtual alternative instruction to students through April 6, in accordance with recommendations from the government of South Korea.
Lord Fairfax Community College
All classes that can be moved online will go online through April 4. The college will re-evaluate the week of March 30 to decide if students may be able to return on April 4.
Until further notice, administrative offices and services – including the library and testing center will remain fully operational on the Warrenton campus.
Warrenton Presbyterian Church
Warrenton Presbyterian Church has announced that it will be holding virtual worship services indefinitely at 11 a.m. on Sunday as the nation continues to search for the most responsible ways to confront the COVID-19 virus. Services will be available on the church website: https://livestream.com/wpcva and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WarrentonPresbyterianChurch.
Pastor Jim Lunde said: “There are no easy answers at this point. The faith community must do its part both to serve the spiritual needs of its members and to assist in minimizing the damage this pandemic threatens to produce. WPC joins with other churches in our community in deciding to suspend worship in our sanctuary for the foreseeable future.”
He continued: “We invite all who are seeking a worship experience to participate in our online services. With a faith and trust in a loving God, we look to the future with a confidence we will endure this difficult time.”
In addition to Sunday worship, Pastor Lunde announced that each Wednesday at 9 a.m., there will be an additional opportunity for worship and fellowship via Facebook (same link as above). He will lead a period of prayer and reflection at this time.
St. James Episcopal Church cancels services
St. James Episcopal Church on Culpeper Street in Warrenton reported in a notice to parishioners.
- All worship services are canceled through March 25.
- Sunday school, youth groups, adult formation groups also canceled.
- The church will stream worship and provide online resources for family worship.
- The bishop will reassess the situation the week of March 22.