City of Richmond Official COVID-19 Updates

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Health Resources

Direct public health questions to the Richmond City & Henrico County Coronavirus Hotline: 804-205-3501

OPEN LINES: Monday - Friday (8AM - 6PM)

Call the Richmond City & Henrico County Coronavirus Hotline for: 

  • Recommendations if you are experiencing the symptoms of Coronavirus;
  • Information for employers and healthcare providers; and
  • Targeted answers for key demographics, including pregnant women & relatives of COVID-19 patients. 

For the latest information, check websites for Virginia Department of Health, your city or county and your local school system. 

Contact your primary care provider or urgent care facility for medical assistance. 

    Ongoing Updates

    This is an archive of news updates from the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most recent news, please visit the City News blog here. 

    November 13, 2020 -- Governor Northam makes key modifications to Phase 3. Click here for the updated guidelines. Key changes include decreasing the acceptable amount of people at a gathering (indoor or outdoors) from 250 to 25, mandating masks for children between five and 10, and establishing a 10 p.m. alcohol curfew for all establishments that serve alcohol. 

    June 29, 2020 --City of Richmond offices, facilities to begin Phase Three operations Monday, July 6.Read more here.

    June 12, 2020 --City of Richmond offices, facilities to begin Phase Two operations Monday, June 15. Click here to read more.

    June 9, 2020 --City of Richmond to move into Phase Two of Forward Virginia Friday, June 12.Visit for details.

    May 29, 2020 -- City of Richmond offices, facilities to begin Phase 1 operations Monday, June 1.Read more here.

    May 27, 2020 -- City of Richmond to cautiously move into Phase 1 Friday, May 29.Read more here.

    May 21, 2020 -- Stoney administration, Richmond City Health District propose supported isolation for select COVID-19 positive cases.Read more here.

    May 19, 2020 -- Stoney administration develops plan to expand testing, increase access to protective supplies, address small business needs during two-week reopening delay.Read more here.

    May 14, 2020 -- Richmond to delay moving into Phase One of state reopening plan until May 28 at the earliest. Read more here.

    May 11, 2020 -- City, state begin COVID-19 health equity pilot to provide masks, hand sanitizer in underserved neighborhoods.Read more about the program here.

    May 4, 2020 -- Richmond General Registrar open for absentee voting and candidacy filing, closed for all other business through city closure. Read more here.

    May 1, 2020 -- City of Richmond offices to remain closed to the public May 4 – May 17, essential services continue. Read more here.

    April 23, 2020 --Chimborazo Park is closed to vehicle traffic, and the Manchester Climbing Wall is closed to the public.Read an update from Parks and Rec here.

    April 21, 2020 --Mayor prepares $5.8M local and federal aid package to address emergency housing needs during COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

    April 16, 2020 --City launches COVID-19 First Responder Meal Program. Read more here. Apply here.

    April 13, 2020 -- Stoney administration proposes adjusted FY21 budget, prioritizes schools, housing and roads despite dramatic decreases in revenue.Watch Mayor Stoney’s message hereand read the release here.

    April 9, 2020 -- City of Richmond offices to remain closed April 13 – May 3, essential services continue. Read here.

    April 2, 2020 -- Richmond Economic Development Authority creates no-interest disaster loan program for small businesses. Applications open April 6. Read more here.

    March 31, 2020 -- Richmond City Health District confirms first city resident deaths from COVID-19. Read more here.

    March 31, 2020 -- Read the COVID-19 Public Briefing for March 31

    March 30, 2020 -- The city closure to the public will continue through April 12. Read more here.

    March 30, 2020 -- In response to Governor Northam’s order, playgrounds and courts at public parks and public schools will be closed. Read the Mayor’s statement here.

    March 27, 2020 -- Watch Mayor Stoney’s live update here.

    March 27, 2020 -- Read the COVID-19 public briefing for March 27 here.

    March 27, 2020 -- SNAP Emergency Benefits are available to those who qualify. Learn more on the city services list or using this FAQ.

    March 25, 2020 -- Read the public briefing on COVID-19 for March 25.

    March 25, 2020 -- The city and police department have issued guidance to concerned citizens who see violations of social distancing orders. Click here.

    March 24, 2020 -- Read the COVID-19 Public Briefing for March 24

    March 24, 2020 -- Mayor Stoney announces evictions halted.Read the full statement here.

    March 24, 2020 -- City leaders warn to heed social distancing instructions. Watch the video here

    March 23, 2020 -- Read the COVID-19 Public Briefing for March 23

    March 23, 2020 -- City employee tests positive for COVID-19, currently under self-quarantine. Click here to learn more.

    March 23, 2020 -- Small Business Association offers webinars on applying for disaster loans.Click here to learn more.

    March 23, 2020 -- Virtual workforce training sessions offered by Office of Community Wealth Building.Learn more.

    March 20, 2020 -- Read the COVID-19 Public Briefing for March 20.

    March 20, 2020 -- The City of Richmond will be closed to the public through the end of the month, though essential personnel will still report. Click here to learn more.

    March 20, 2020 -- City, community partners to launch emergency childcare centers for essential personnel. Click here to learn more about this developing project.

    March 19, 2020 -- We’re transitioning to offer more holistic reports of relief and opportunities for Richmonders during the pandemic. Read the COVID-19 Public Briefing for March 19.

    March 19, 2020 -- The Finance Department is still offering essential services.Learn more with this FAQ document.

    March 19, 2020 -- A Warning Against Scam Calls. Click here to learn about recent scam attempts and how to report them.

    March 19, 2020 -- Greater Richmond Continuum of Care provides over 64 people with emergency shelter, transitions to healthcare and supportive services. Click here to learn more about this effort and see how you can help.

    March 18, 2020 -- GRTC suspends fare collection during COVID-19 emergency.Read more here.

    March 18, 2020 -- Richmond Office of Aging and Disability Services establishes hotline for COVID-19 information and referral.Read more here.

    March 18, 2020 -- Update on COVID-19 in the City of Richmond.Read more here.

    March 18, 2020 -- Richmond Public Library expands online resources in response to COVID-19 isolation instructions. Read more here.

    March 16, 2020 -- City of Richmond offices will be closed March 17 – 20. Click here to learn more.

    March 16, 2020 -- Office of Minority Business Development to cancel programs until further notice.Read more here.

    March 16, 2020 -- Parks and Recreation Update During COVID-19.Click here to see what resources are available to you.

    March 16, 2020 -- City of Richmond recommends limiting on-site service in establishments that serve food and drink within city limits; proposes amnesty on penalties and interest for most local taxes.Read more about the recommendation and how the city is supporting local business here.

    March 16, 2020 -- Greater Richmond Continuum of Care to provide emergency shelter alternatives, activates coordinated plan to aid homeless in midst of COVID-19.Read about the effort and how you can help here.

    March 15, 2020 -- City of Richmond government offices closed to non-essential personnel March 16.Read more here.

    March 14, 2020 -- March 14 – General District Court closed March 16, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court starts limited access, some cases continued. Read more here.

    March 14, 2020 -- All Richmond Public Library locations close until further notice.Check out what online resources the library offers.

    March 14, 2020 -- Department of Social Services slightly adjusts hours for centers.Read more about the new hours here.

    March 13, 2020 -- Office of Community Wealth Building cancels all workshops, trainings and recruitments for the month of March.See the cancelled programming here.

    March 13, 2020 -- Parks and Recreation closes community centers and administration offices. Read more here.

    March 13, 2020 -- Richmond Animal Care and Control will be closed March 14 – 27. Click here to see their social media announcement.

    March 13, 2020 -- City of Richmond, regional localities unite to declare states of emergency in response to COVID-19.Click here to read more about what this means.

    March 13, 2020 -- Mayor Levar Stoney declares a local state of emergencyClick here to watch the press conference.

    March 13, 2020 -- Richmond Public Library cancels all programming for a month. Read more about RPL’s response to COVID-19 here.

    March 12, 2020 –-Richmond City Council announces that all public meetings scheduled for March 12 – March 22 are cancelled. Click here to read more.

    March 12, 2020 –- The Department of Public Utilities is suspending all disconnections of water and wastewater service for non-payment.Read more here.

    March 12, 2020 --Parks and Recreation announce that they will be cancelling certain programming and closing some facilities.Click here to read the full release.

    March 12, 2020 -- Superintendent Jason Kamras and Mayor Levar Stoney announce that Richmond Public Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16. Read more information here.

    March 12, 2020 –- At a press conference, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia.Watch the press conference here.

    March 12, 2020 –-The City of Richmond recommends the postponement or cancellation of large events within city limits. Click here to read more.

    March 11, 2020 -- Governor Ralph Northam and state leaders hosted a press conference with a statewide update on the situation. Click here to watch the concluded live-feed.

    March 6, 2020 --Click here to read the updated regional response to COVID-19.

    March 2, 2020 --Click here to read the press release on Richmond’s response to and preparation for COVID-19.

    Version en español aquí.

    Economic Relief Resources

    There are many resources for small businesses and families facing financial hardship on RVAStrong.

    Apply for Richmond Business Disaster Loan Program here

    The Small Business Administration is offering webinars and training sessions for affected businesses. Click here to know more. 

    Click here to access the Small Business Association’s disaster loan program.

    Click here to learn more about receiving unemployment benefits from the state.

    Here is a FAQ guide on affected workers provided by the state.


    Información en español aquí

    This COVID-19 webpage will host frequent updates on the regional preparation for and response to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. 

    If you are a healthcare provider treating a patient with the symptoms of COVID-19, call the Richmond City Health Department immediately: 804-205-3500. If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath or a cough, call your health provider or an urgent care clinic.

    Please also visit or click the boatman logo above to learn how to get and provide help. 




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