Coronavirus Updates

Information and Links for Small Businesses being impacted by the Coronavirus

Information For Workers

  • Virginia Employment Commission, Unemployment Information
    • UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – expanded time, amounts and those covered...
      The unemployment insurance program, administered by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Under normal circumstances, individuals who meet a strict set of employment-related criteria can receive weekly payments over a period of 12 to 26 weeks, but efforts are underway at both the state and federal level to expand eligibility, increase payments, and extend the duration coverage.

      As a result, all Virginians who have experienced job or income loss as a result of the Coronavirus crisis are encouraged to file an application for unemployment insurance using the VEC’s online portal, selecting “Lack of Work” as their reason for separation. Please note, recipients will be required to access the portal each week to claim their unemployment insurance payment.

      Detailed instructions for individuals applying for unemployment insurance benefits can be found here. An FAQ on unemployment benefits can be found here.

List of Closures, Changes, and Cancellations:


  • Dogwood Festival of Vinton:  CANCELED
  • Elections--Town Mayoral and Council Elections on May 19th (postponed from May 5th):  
  • Grocery Stores and other types of Stores, Restaurants, Recreation/Entertainment and other types of Businesses:  CALL the business to check hours of operation and/or for possible closures or reductions to services.
  • Senior Programs at the Charles R. Hill Community Center:  POSTPONED until further notice.
  • Small Local Businesses:  Support our small local businesses. See which small local businesses are open to serve you on our Support Our Small Local Businesses webpage.
  • Vinton Greenways:  The Town of Vinton Greenways remain OPEN at this time, although appropriate social distancing is required. Please review the Guidelines and Restrictions Document before using our Greenways.
  • Vinton-Owned Government Buildings:  All Vinton-owned government buildings are CLOSED to the public. Staff will still be available to conduct business by phone, email, or online. Tax and utility payments may be made in the Treasurer’s office drive through beginning May 4, 2020 (Drive through open beginning May 4th Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.), anytime online, or at the drop box at the the Vinton Municipal Building. You may also pay by U.S. Postal Service. Please visit the Modified Town Services webpage for more information on each Department and its services.
  • Vinton War Memorial Playground and Adjacent Shelter:  The playground and adjacent shelter located at the Vinton War Memorial will reopen at 8 a.m. on May 22, 2020.

Roanoke County/Surrounding Areas:

  • 2020 Carilion Clinic’s IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge: POSTPONED  
    • Based on the mandate from the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Carilion Clinic’s IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge, originally scheduled for June 7, 2020 will not take place as planned. The organizers are working diligently on all potential options and athletes that are registered for the race will receive an email in the coming days with further details. If you have additional questions, please email: In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, organizers recognize that this may come as a disappointment but look forward to providing athletes with an exceptional race experience in the future.
  • Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP):  
    • The RCACP, like the rest of the Roanoke Valley, have been following the COVID-19 updates and how those updates affect the operations at the shelter. RCACP’s most important goal is to reunite lost animals with their families, process adoptions for our available cats and dogs, and find temporary homes for those animals that need special care. The public’s help is needed to provide those services as safely as possible and as such, we are implementing the following procedures effective immediately to continue to move our animals out of the building and into homes:
    • No one from the public will be admitted to the front lobby or the interior of the building. Visitors to the RCACP building will stay in the vestibule to receive assistance from staff. If someone is in the vestibule, other visitors are asked to return to the parking lot to wait until that person has left the vestibule. An intercom is in the vestibule to reach staff quickly.
    • Adoptions and owner surrenders will be conducted by appointment ONLY. Please do not go to the building unless you have made prior arrangements by calling 540-344-4922.
    • All volunteer activities and programs are suspended, including volunteering at the shelter, RAD trips, and Pillow and Paws programs. 
    • RCACP is; however, still looking for people to be emergency fosters in the event they have to clear the shelter and close temporarily.  If you can open your home to a dog or a cat in need, please contact Meghann Cords at
    • If you are interested in adopting, you will need an APPROVED application BEFORE meeting any of the pets. You will be met at the front door and given a number. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible.
    • If you are missing a pet, feel free to continue checking with RCACP to see if they are holding it. Be sure to have PROOF of ownership (photo or vet records) at time of arrival.
    • Since this is a rapidly changing event, sometimes circumstances change very quickly. If you are considering surrendering your pet due to lack of food or needed vet care that you cannot afford, please call RCACP at 540-344-4922 so that they can help connect you with resources that can help keep your pet in your home. One of RCACP’s rescue partners, Angels of Assisi, has generously offered to help provide discounted vet care when RCACP reports there is a need. RCACP wants your animals to stay in their loving homes.
    • RCACP will provide pet food to those in need in our community for as long as they have food to distribute. They may need to ration how much pet food each family receives so that they can help as many families as possible. If residents would like to donate pet food to the RCACP pantry, donations can be left at the front doors and we will move the food into the building. This is a wonderful way to help your neighbors and their pets in this uncertain time.
  • Roanoke County Courthouse:  In response to concerns about the health and safety of court personnel and the public arising out of potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Chief Judges of all state courts in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem City announced that while the courts will remain open, operations will be reduced and access to the courthouses will be restricted.Many in-court proceedings have been suspended per the Order dated March 16, 2020. The Courts have further encouraged restricted access to the courthouse which will remain in place through at least April 10. For the most current information about the schedules for Courts in the 23rd Judicial Circuit and District, please check the individual Court websites at

    • Roanoke County Circuit Court
      • Circuit Court will continue to hear cases, unless defendants are otherwise notified.rcuit Court Clerk’s Office remains open at this time, with any changes to services listed at for more information, please call 540-387-6205.
    • Roanoke County General District Court
      • Arraignment and Bond hearings of persons in custody will be held via video.  Arraignments for individuals not in custody will be set out to April 10 or beyond as well as other cases identified in the March 16, 2020 Order and new subpoenas will be issued.
      • The General District Court Clerk’s Office remains open at this time.
      • For more information, please call 540-387-6168.
    • Roanoke County Juvenile & Domestic Court
      • Juvenile & Domestic Court is following the directive of the March 16, 2020, Order as well as setting arraignments off until April 10 or beyond.
      • The Juvenile and Domestic Court Clerk’s Office remains open at this time.
      • For more information, please call 540-387-6156.
    • Roanoke County/Salem Jail Operations
      • The Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office has announced that outreach programs have been canceled until April 25. This includes gun safety classes, weekend trash pickup, and self-defense classes. Workforce programs will continue with Parks and Recreation outside venues only and also continue at the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP).

      • In addition, the Sheriff’s Office informs the public of other changes to services from the Sheriff’s Office and at the Roanoke County / Salem Jail:
        • The lobby of the Roanoke County / Salem Jail will remain open to access the magistrate’s office.  
        • At this time video visitation from the jail lobby to inmates in the Roanoke County/Salem Jail is still available. We also encourage video visitation with inmates in the jail using the internet. Note that with video visitation, there is no personal contact between inmates and family.
        • Video visitation from the jail lobby to inmates at the Western Virginia Regional Jail has been stopped. 
        • Fingerprinting services for non-criminal matters has been stopped until April 25. Persons needing fingerprints taken may contact the Virginia State Police to inquire if they are still providing this service.
  • Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism: All parks will remain OPEN for passive use. No new picnic shelter rentals or special use applications will be accepted through April 5th. All recreation programs are canceled, effective Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th. No NEW program registration will take place during this time. Listed facilities below will be closed, effective Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th. 
    • Green Ridge Recreation Center - CLOSED. Monthly memberships will be refunded by credit card for the 16 remaining days in March. Prepaid term members will have 16 days added to the end of their current term.
    • Brambleton Recreation Center - CLOSED
    • Craig Avenue Recreation Center - CLOSED
    • Camp Roanoke - CLOSED
    • Explore Park - Visitor Center will be CLOSED to the public, but staffed 12 PM to 5 PM daily for camping check-in and information by calling (540) 427-1800. Outdoor amenities and trails remain OPEN.Don’s Cab-Inns Campground will continue to operate at the discretion of the vendor operator. Twin Creeks Brewpub is currently CLOSED.
    • Public Service Center Administrative Office - OPEN
    • Catawba Center - CLOSED
    • Programs at All Parks & Recreation Centers - CANCELED
    • After School for Kids & Ridge Kids - CANCELED while Roanoke County Public Schools are closed. Customers will not be charged for their remaining balance in March.
    • RCPS Backpack Run at Green Hill Park, March 21st - CANCELED
    • Adventure Expo & Artisan Saturday at Explore Park, April 4th - CANCELED
    • Camp Roanoke Open House, April 4th - CANCELED
    • Blue Ridge Kite Festival at Green Hill Park, April 18th - CANCELED
    • Youth sports spring season - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism remains committed to offering a “spring” sports program and, when appropriate, will call a special President’s Council to begin the planning process and implementation of a revised season time-line and schedule.
    • Field Rentals (travel teams, private schools, etc.) - CANCELED through March 30th.
  • Roanoke County Public Library (RCPL):  All libraries will be closed through at least Sunday, March 29th. All RCPL location book drops will also be unavailable until further notice. Please keep library materials at home until library operations can resume. All fines and due dates for physical materials are suspended until further notice.  No fines will be charged while libraries are closed. RCPL has increased electronic resources, including books on Overdrive and cloudLibrary, and online databases. Patrons can sign up for an eLibrary Card on our website to gain access to our Virtual Library 24/7. Sign up for a library card to access our databases and eCollection. No book donations will be accepted at this time. WiFi is available in library parking lots and outdoor spaces. Patrons can call with questions at 540-777-8781, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-Fri. Messages will be returned in the order received.
  • Roanoke County Public Schools: By order of the Governor of Virginia, all schools in Virginia, including Roanoke County, are closed from March 16th through March 27th. Roanoke County Public Schools is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in monitoring the status of the virus and is following current guidance from the VDH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA):  
    • Effective Through March 23, 2020: No Residential Waste from citizens will be accepted by the RVRA. The Town of Vinton will continue to collect trash on schedule.
    • BEGINNING FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020. Residents can resume visits to the Tinker Creek Transfer Station. ANYONE EXITING THEIR VEHICLE MUST WEAR A FACE MASK!
      • The monthly free Mulch Program to the citizens of the Town of Vinton will resume on Monday, June 1, 2020.
      • The Town of Vinton will continue to provide refuse collection, including bulk pickup, at the curbside.
      • Household Hazardous Waste Events remain CANCELED until further


    • Any questions, please call (540) 857-5050 or email:

  • Roanoke County Social Services:The lobby is closed to the public. The drive-thru in the back of the building is available. Social Services is located at 220 E. Main Street, Salem, VA 24153.
    • If you need to apply for benefits you can pick up an application in the Social Services’ drive-thru at 220 E. Main Street, Salem, apply online at www.Commonhelp.Virginia.Gov or by phone at 1-855-635-4370.
    • To drop off verifications, please utilize the Social Services’ drop box in the rear of the building at 220 E. Main Street, Salem.
    • You may contact Social Services by calling 540-387-6087 or fax at 540-387-6210.
  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles:  Effective March 18, 2020, all 75 DMV customer service centers are closed and all DMV 2 Go and DMV Connect services postponed until at least April 2, 2020 in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.To minimize customer inconvenience, DMV at the direction of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, is extending the validity of driver’s licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations that expire between March 15 and May 15 for 60 days. This includes individuals aged 75 and older who are typically required to make an in-person visit to renew. Customers whose driver’s license or identification card expires between March 15th and May 15th will have an additional 60 days to renew their credential. However, those Virginians eligible to renew online or by mail are encouraged to take advantage of those services. Vehicle registrations that expire in March and April should be renewed online or by mail. Replacement titles can be obtained online and original title transactions can be conducted by mail. If in-person service is needed, these customers will have an additional 60 days to renew credentials without a late fee. During the office closures, DMV will continue to process the transactions that come in through mail and the website,

The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA) to Stop Accepting Trash from Citizens, Town of Vinton Curbside Trash Pick-up will continue as scheduled.  Household Hazardous Waste and Free Mulch Programs Canceled Until Further Notice.

Effective March 23, 2020: No Residential Waste from citizens will be accepted by the RVRA. The Town of Vinton will continue to collect trash on schedule.

Household Hazardous Waste Events are canceled until further notice.

The monthly free Mulch Program for the citizens of Town of Vinton, County of Roanoke, Roanoke City, and Salem city is canceled until further notice.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and in order protect our employees, customers and the general public the Tinker Creek Transfer Station & Salem Transfer Station will stop accepting waste from citizens residing in City of Roanoke, County of Roanoke, City of Salem and Town of Vinton until further notice. Please view the official notice from RVRA for more information.

For any questions, please call the RVRA at 540-857-5050 or email

Declaration of Local Emergency on March 16, 2020

The Town of Vinton, City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, and City of Salem declared local emergencies in response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) today. 

Coronavirus Updates from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

Visit the Virginia Department of Health for the latest news about coronavirus in our state. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website is hosting up-to-date information about the status of coronavirus in the state of Virginia. Read on...

COVID-19 Public Health Monitoring Data by City/County (Virginia Department of Health)