They’re places where residents may come to pay their property taxes and attend public meetings on everything from the administration of local government to learn better gardening tips during community group meetings.
Today, however, government buildings in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Fredericksburg are closed to the public.
Due to evolving concerns related to COVID-19, Prince William County closed all government buildings to the public as of 5 p.m. today, Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Full release: https://t.co/46W5pO0ZEL
— Prince William County (@pwcgov) March 19, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for City residents and staff and given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, City Manager W. Patrick Pate has decided to close all City of Manassas buildings to the public. https://t.co/FRLz9Fnfnd pic.twitter.com/FsysopUcmw
— Manassas VA (@CityofManassas) March 19, 2020
As of close of business today City government buildings will be closed to the public. This includes our downtown Visitor’s Center, City Hall, the Executive Plaza (partial building), and Dorothy Hart Community Center. Read more: https://t.co/67pldJ4i6N pic.twitter.com/uw4s6QBXWZ
— Fredericksburg, Va (@FxbgGov) March 17, 2020
The Fredericksburg closure includes the Fredericksburg Nationals Team Store inside Executive Plaza. The closures in these localities come after Stafford County decided to close its buildings on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
As of 11 a.m. today, Virginia had 94 reported cases of coronavirus, with 1,923 people tested for the disease. A total of 19 people were reported hospitalized, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Arlington has the most cases of coronavirus at 17, while Fairfax County is a close second with 16 reported cases. James City County near Williamsburg is has the third most with 14 cases, Prince William County reports 11 cases, Stafford County reports two cases and Spotsylvania one case.