Surry Co. closes government center, buildings to employees, residents

By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @SSDispatch
Posted: March 17, 2020 | 12:52 p.m.

SURRY – The County of Surry announces that the Government Center and all County Buildings are closed to employees in addition to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and will reopen on March 30th as the coronavirus COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the region. 

The closures are designed to ensure the health and safety of residents, employees and the general public. This includes County facilities: Parks and Recreation fields and picnic shelters, the Animal Shelter and the Surry County Visitors Center.  The County will take this time to plan additional cleaning measures.

While walk-in business is halted, applicable County staff will work as much as possible remotely to do what we can to continue operations of the County including but not limited to checking and responding to emails and phone calls. 

Please continue to monitor the County’s website for information:

Please note operations of the following departments:  

  • Trash Removal:  All Solid Waste & Recycling Centers will continue to operate as scheduled.
  • Courts:  The Surry County Circuit will remain open with normal operating hours; the District Court will remain closed.
  • Voting:  Please see the announcement from the Voter Registrar.
  • Library Services:  The Blackwater Regional Library will close all branches from March 17, 2020 through March 28, 2020; curbside service to allow patrons to pick up existing holds will occur Tuesday 3/17 and Wednesday 3/18 between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Patrons may continue returning materials to book drops until further notice.
  • Building Inspections: Inspections will occur on a limited schedule:  request for inspections can be left on the building department’s voicemail as normal and they will be checked daily.  
  • Animal Shelter:  The shelter is closed for adoptions, owner surrenders and request for traps; however, Staff will continue to pick up animals that are running at large.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health reported 67 cases of COVID-19, with nearly 1,030 people tested. Of those cases, there have been two deaths.

Roughly a dozen cases each have been confirmed in Arlington, Fairfax, and James City County. Closer to Southside Virginia, positive cases were reported in Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield County.

No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Crater Health District, which includes the Tri-Cities, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Greensville, and Emporia.

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

Information about COVID-19 is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: or Also, consult the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health has also activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

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