Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, local events are being cancelled or postponed. Check here for up to date information on the status of local events.
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Blacksburg Contra Dance (scheduled for Saturday, March 21).
The annual Take Back the Night Rally in Blacksburg (scheduled for March 26).
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts has cancelled all events scheduled before April 30. For refunds, call the Moss Arts Center ticket office at 231-5300 or the Squires Ticket Office at 231-5615.
The 19th annual Radford University International Guitar Festival (scheduled for April 3-4).
12th Annual Blacksburg Fork & Cork (scheduled for May 2).
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s March 22 show at Berglund Center has been postponed until July 8.
The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce has postponed its celebration scheduled for March 26.
The annual NRV Leading Lights awards banquet originally scheduled for April 16 is postponed to a future date to be determined.
The Kazim Shrine Circus at the Salem Civic Center (postponed until the end of October).
Veterans Fair at the Christiansburg Recreation Center (postponed until Nov. 7).
The Color Me Cameron 5K in the Town of Pulaski has been postponed.
The Radford Planning Commission Meeting Scheduled for March 16, 2020 has been cancelled.
STOMP at The Berglund Performing Arts Theatre originally scheduled for March 18th, has been cancelled.
MERLEFEST 2020 has been cancelled.
Motor Mile Speedway & Dragway has suspended the start of its 2020 season through Friday, May 15th.
NASCAR has postponed all races until May 3rd.
Sebastian Bach’s April 25th show at Dr. Pepper Park has been postponed to a date TBD.
Earn. Pedal Pulaski. – scheduled for March 19th has been cancelled
Pulaski on Main – Accelerate your Business with Business Adviser, Robert Towle – scheduled for March 18th – please contact Pulaski On Main for options on this class.
Business After Hours with Happy Cinco de Mayo for March 23rd has been canceled. We will notify you of the rescheduled date.
Ribbon Cutting for Gordmans on March 31st has been postponed. Watch for a rescheduled date.
Job Fair at New River Community College, scheduled for Thursday March 26, 2020 has been postponed. A later date will be announced when it has been set.
ALL NON ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE PER ORDER OF VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM.
- Recreation and Entertainment BusinessesThe following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
- Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
- Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
- Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
- Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
- Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.
Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments
All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:
- Dining establishments;
- Food courts;
- Farmers markets;
- Wineries; and
- Tasting rooms.
The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
- Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
- Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
- Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
- Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
- Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
- Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
- Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
- Retail located within healthcare facilities;
- Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
- Pet stores and feed stores;
- Printing and office supply stores; and
- Laundromats and dry cleaners.
All essential retail establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.
Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.
Town of Narrows Recreation Department and Iris Brammer Public Library will be closed until Wednesday, April 1.
The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library will be closed March 16 through March 29.
Pulaski County is taking the following measures:
· Temporarily suspending Parks & Recreation games, activities and programs, effective March 14
· Temporarily closing all Pulaski County recreation and public use facilities, effective March 14
· Temporarily closing the Pulaski County Welcome Center, effective March 14
Montgomery County is taking the following measures:
· The Blacksburg Recreation Center, Blacksburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center will be closed to the public through March 29 (effective March 15).
· Those who have already registered for events at these facilities during this time will receive either a credit to their household account or a refund if the event or program will not be rescheduled.
· Parks and trails in all three localities will remain open, but residents are encouraged to recreate at their own risk and to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
· All rentals at Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg or Town of Christiansburg facilities, athletic fields and shelters are canceled. No rental requests will be accepted during this time.
The Radford Recreation Center and Radford Public Library will be closed to the public beginning March 16 through March 29, at a minimum.
The following programs and events have been cancelled at the Recreation Center:
o Youth Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 14
o All Group Fitness Classes
o All Senior Programs
o All Youth Programs, both in the Recreation Center and in the Parks
o All Adult Basketball Games
o Youth Wrestling Tournament Scheduled for the week of March 16
o Pickle-ball for Seniors
o Special events, group gatherings, and public meetings.
o Parks and trails will remain open, but we encourage residents to recreate at their own risk and to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
The following programs have been cancelled at the Radford Public Library:
o All special events, group gatherings, and public meetings.
Radford Transit Schedules are being modified based on population and destination needs.
Radford City Police Department has suspending requests for fingerprints from the public until further notice.
Brick House Pizza-Radford will not be open for lunch this week. We will open Tuesday from 4PM-9PM and will follow that schedule through Friday.
DMV Offices are closed through April 2nd. Vehicle and driver credentials have been extended 60 days.
The Dublin VOLVO plant will be closed March 23rd through March 27th.
Highland Ridge Rehab – no visitation policy has been implemented until further notice
Commonweath Senior Living – largely visits to their facility and ask that any visits take place inside the residents apartments for suites.
Pulaski Health and Rehab – There will be no visitors per CMS and CDC mandates. Department Directors have made additional rounds at the center all weekend their Activities Department has supplied additional things for patients to do on an individual basis.
LewisGale – Pulaski – Visitors and patients will be directed to use specific entrances for a health screening. Patients will be limited to 2-3 visitors at a time. If a visitor has symptoms of a respiratory illness, we may ask them to wear a mask during their visit or to defer their visit to another time.
Carilion Clinic – Please note the following changes:
- No visitors under the age of 18 permitted on site.
- No visitors permitted at inpatient psychiatry.
- Patients will be limited to one visitor for the patient’s stay, excluding pediatric patients who are able to have up to two visitors (parents or legal guardians). Visitors may not switch out.
- Visitors with flu-like symptoms (cough, congestion, runny nose, fever, etc.), must refrain from visiting patients.
- Further visitor screenings may be implemented as the situation evolves.
- Valet parking will be unavailable until further notice.
Randolph Park – All facilities, including shelter rentals are closed until March 30th.
Pulaski County Rec Sports – all rec sports activities has been suspended until further notice. Please hold all rec sports forms until further notice.
Pulaski County Visitors Center – Pulaski County Visitors Center will be closed from March 14th-March 29th. It will reopen March 30th. For questions on shelter rentals call 540-674-4161
Pulaski Library, Dublin and Pulaski Locations – If you have books to return please use book drop outside. Until further notice all library programs are cancelled, the community room is closed, outreach services are suspended, computer use is limited.
All schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help divisions execute plans to continue instruction, while ensuring students are served equitably, regardless of income level, access to technology, English learner status, or special needs. This includes options for additional instruction through summer programming, integrating instruction into coursework next year, and allowing students to make up content. VDOE will submit a waiver to the federal government to lift end-of-year testing requirements and is exploring options to waive state mandated tests.
The College Board has cancelled the May 2nd SAT and all March makeup exams.
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg is on spring break until March 20. A decision about future classes is forthcoming.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine announced changes for its students and the public:
· First-year students will be taught online beginning March 16.
· Second-year students are not on campus as they are prepping for the Step 1 exam. They are encouraged to stay where there are.
· Third- and fourth-year students are doing clinical rotations, and will continue to do so. However, they will not be permitted to provide care to patient suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Students were advised not to interact with patients if they are required to use personal protective equipment so they can conserve these supplies for health care workers who are providing care.
· Students are not permitted to enter nursing homes or facilities that serve vulnerable populations.
· Match Day on March 20 by will be a private event open only to the fourth-year students who will be learning where they will be doing their residencies.
· The medical student research symposium on March 27 will now be virtual with oral presentations livestreamed.
Virginia Tech will extend spring break and online-only classes will start March 23.
Radford University will extend spring break and shift to online-only classes beginning March 23. The shift to online classes applies to the main campus, Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, and Radford University classes at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon
New River Community College will extend spring break to resume classes March 23. Further measures to be announced later.
Wytheville Community College will be closed to students March 16-20. Faculty and staff will work to develop plans for possible online instruction.
Area schools are providing breakfast and lunches for students. Please see below for additional information.
Per New River Community Action, Inc:
During this time when all schools are closed, meals are available to children 18yrs old and younger through the school systems. Please see below for your local school’s meal plan. CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE MEALS. Parents can not pick up meals for children without the children being present, this is a USDA requirement. Please continue to follow your local school’s Facebook page for further information to keep updated. Remember to wash your hands and be well.
Giles County Public Schools: Giles County Public Schools will be providing free meals (breakfast & lunch) to all children through age 18 (or through 21 if enrolled in GCPS) beginning Monday, March 16. Available sites are: Narrows High School, Giles High School, and Eastern Elementary/Middle School. Drive-thru will be open on Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am. Children MUST be present to receive the meals. Monday’s bag will include breakfast & lunch for 2 days; Wednesday’s bag will include breakfast & lunch for 3 days. Some items must be heated, most are shelf stable items. We will be adding limited bus routes, starting Wednesday, to deliver meals, which will assist in reaching more children. Please email email@example.com if you know that you would like to have meals delivered. If there are questions, please contact 921-1421 x 17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, email is the best/quickest option. Thank you for your support in feeding children! https://www.facebook.com/gilescounty/
Pulaski County Public Schools: Pulaski County Public Schools will provide meals for anyone 18 years of age or younger on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays during the school closure. Meal deliveries will begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Information for families to sign up for these meals will be made available on Monday, March 16, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/pulaskicountyschools/
Montgomery County Public Schools: Details about our Meal Delivery Program are available here. – Students should arrive at their bus stop 4 hours later than their usual pick up time. – Students can go to either the elementary or secondary stop location and stop time. We will run both routes because the routes are not identical. – Staff members will be wearing gloves and may be wearing masks. Please help us prepare students as the masks may be scary for younger children. – Buses will have music playing to announce their arrival. – Buses will need to move quickly from stop to stop to stay on schedule. Please help us keep the stops efficient. Find your bus stop location and normal pick up time at www.mcps.org/bus. Remember, meal delivery will be about 4 hours later than the normal pickup time. https://www.facebook.com/mcpsinfo/
Floyd County Public Schools: FCPS will offer breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, March 16th, to all students between 10am and 1pm at each school. No need to get out of your car but your student must be with you. We will have a drive up system in place to receive the food. In addition to the above, we will begin delivering food on Tuesday. Food will be delivered by bus to each morning bus stop four hours after the normal bus stop time. Students must be present and will be handed their meal from the front door of the bus. * Please be patient with the times as we try to provide food to students at all bus stops. * Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions. https://www.facebook.com/FloydSchoolsVA/
Radford City Public Schools: The RCPS food distribution program during the mandatory school closure timeframe will begin Monday, March 16, 2020. Food delivery will occur Monday through Friday and will include both breakfast and lunch meals for students. All meals will be grab-n-go and offered free of charge to ALL students who will pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. There are no income or eligibility requirements for students to pick up these meals. Please visit the Radford City Public Schools Facebook page to find the bus stop closest to your home address. Pick up times are 3 hours after the normal morning bus stop time. For students who are unable to pick up meals at bus stop locations, they can got to McHarg Elementary for pick up Monday-Friday from 10:20-12:20.
If you need further clarification or assistance with food deliver, reach out to RCPS at 540-731-3647 or through these contacts: Rob Graham at email@example.com
Taking It To The Streets Ministry in Pulaski has been called by God to serve citizens in Pulaski County who need food during this particularly difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Charlie Barbettini, Pastor of Taking It To The Streets said this week, “We feel that this is what God would have us do, to help those in need.”
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Taking It To The Streets will be distributing free food to anyone in Pulaski County who may need extra food to feed their children and family.
On Wednesday, anyone representing a family whose last name begins with I, J, K or L may come to the church located at 223 N. Washington Avenue in downtown Pulaski.
Food will be distributed to families each day according to the first letter of your last name on the following schedule:
Monday – A, B, C, D
Tuesday – E, F, G, H
Wednesday – I, J, K, L
Thursday – M, N, O, P
Friday – Q, R, S, T
Saturday – U, V, W,
Sunday – X, Y, Z
Each family will be given a bag of food (one bag per family) each week until further notice.
Residents are asked to bring one form of identification each time food is distributed.
Family representatives are asked to come to the front door on the Washington Ave. side of the building and a bag of food will be given to you through the front door.
Distributions will be made every day, Monday – Sunday from 5 – 7 p.m. Food bags will contain canned food and other non-perishable food items, water, paper products and cleaning supplies.
Taking It To The Streets will also provide free delivery to the elderly and shut-ins. Contact Pastor Charlie Barbettini at 276-620-4293 to make arrangements.
Anyone wishing to make donations to this effort may do so by donating non-perishable items and canned goods such as beans, soup, fruits – anything a family can use to make a meal. Monetary donations are also accepted. Make checks payable to: Taking It To The Streets, P.O. Box 30, Pulaski, VA 24301.
Also, during an earlier scheduled event this weekend, a free bagged lunch including hotdog, fries, dessert and drink will be given to everyone on Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bagged lunches will be served at the front door.
However, the clothing distribution originally set for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.
Barbettini added, “We’re asking for your help to make this program successful for Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (KJV) Thank you and God bless you all.”
Utility Bill Deadline Extended: The City of Radford has extended the Due Date for customer utility bills due on March 20, 2020 for two weeks due to the COVID-19 virus. The City of Radford knows customers are concerned about their families and ensuring they have utility service during this time to stay healthy and well. Radford is extending the bill deadline to continue to promote social distancing, which will protect both citizens and employees. Customers are encouraged to pay their bill online at www.radfordva.gov , through the United States Postal Service, or by using the drop box in the Municipal Building parking lot, this will also aid in the practice of social distancing.
For the rest of today’s update in Radford visit: https://www.radfordva.gov/1163/March-17-2020
The NRV Public Health Hotline is extending hours
Monday – Friday 8a – 8p
Saturday – 8a – Noon
Sunday – Noon – 4p
Operated by the Health Department, this is where you can get COVID 19 questions answered and find out what you need to do if you suspect you might have symptoms or have been exposed.