Beginning July 1st, Goochland County Government will implement Phase Three of the county’s Transitional Operations Plan.
County government offices and facilities will remain open to the public during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., all patrons will be required to follow prescribed social distancing practices.
All patrons aged ten and over entering all county buildings shall wear a facial covering over the nose and mouth. Children over the age of two are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a facial covering. If you do not have a face covering, please request one from the department or office you will be visiting. Goochland County will honor the five identified face covering exceptions for patrons and staff.
- while eating
- while exercising
- any person who has trouble breathing, or incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance
- any person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible
- any person with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering.
Public meetings remain open to the public but will be limited to 250 or fewer individuals, including staff. Social distancing will still be required by all attendees, meeting room capacities will be reduced accordingly.
Departments remain staffed by employees who can assist citizens in person, over the phone, and via email. Citizens who are not comfortable accessing county services in person are encouraged to call ahead (county directory) or visit www.goochlandva.us to take advantage of drop-off and pick-up services. Citizens are further encouraged to call in advance and schedule telephone appointments with departments and agencies.
For our citizen’s convenience, a centralized drop box is located on the Sandy Hook Road (Rt. 522) side of the Administration Building, near the front corner of the building near the fountain. A silver “envelope depository” drop box for the Treasurer’s Office is built into the brick wall further down the side of the building near the Registrar’s Office door if you need to drop off tax payments.
On Monday, June 30th Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Number Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven which have allowed Goochland County to move into Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” Plan and to ease certain temporary restrictions due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Phase Three guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. To reduce the likelihood of patrons gathering in bar areas without observing social distancing guidelines, bar seating and congregating areas of restaurants will remain closed except for those passing through. Restaurants may use non-bar seating in the bar area, as long as a minimum of six feet between tables is provided.
Visit https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/ for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
For more information and updates on Goochland County Government’s Phase Three Reopening visit www.goochlandva.us & https://www.goochlandva.us/1107/COVID-19-Changes-to-County-Operations and follow us on Facebook at @GoochlandCountyVA and on Twitter at @GoochlandGovtVA.