On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Town of Ashland declared a local state of emergency as a precautionary measure over the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Tuesday, March 17, all Town offices will be closed to the public until further notice, but we are still in the office to answer your phone calls and e-mails. This action is intended to not only protect Town staff but the entire community by promoting social distancing. Town staff will continue to be available by phone and e-mail during normal business hours, and public safety operations will not be impacted. Contact information for each department is provided at the bottom of this announcement. Town Council meetings will be held as scheduled but the agenda has been reduced in scope to limit the length of the meeting, and actions are being taken to protect those who do participate in person. We recommend that you watch the meeting on Channel 17 or online (http://ashlandva.gov/89/Town-Meetings) from the comfort and safety of your home. You can submit questions and comments before or after the meeting by calling Assistant Town Manager Matt Reynal at 804-798-9219 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who are interested in following the actions of our business community, we recommend you follow Downtown Ashland Association (@DowntownAshlandAssoc) and Market Ashland Partnership (@MarketAshland) on Facebook, or see what restaurants are offering carry out and/or delivery at: http://ashlandva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=395.At this time, the Town’s parks remain open. Be advised that the amenities in these areas are not sanitized, so use with caution and follow the CDC health and safety guidelines. We reiterate the importance of social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings and group activities. We understand the importance of the park system to our residents and will re-evaluate the need for closures and cancellations as this unprecedented situation evolves. Please stay up to date with COVID-19 facts through the CDC (www.CDC.gov/nCoV) and Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus).Learn about regional efforts to support our neighbors: www.TogetherOneRegion.org.