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City of Martinsville cancels non-essential events to help limit spread of coronavirus

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

MARTINSVILLE, VA – To help limit the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Martinsville has canceled all non-essential events through April 13.

The city is also recommending social distancing and is urging scheduled public assemblies and events to cancel or reschedule.

The following events have been cancelled:

  • The Northside neighborhood meeting on Monday, March 23

  • Parks and recreation events and rentals

  • Martinsville Fire and EMS tours, events and public visits

  • Martinsville Police tours, events and neighborhood watch meetings

  • City parks will remain open to the public

No new special event permits will be issued for the next 30 days.

To limit physical contact, city residents should utilize online resources for payments, permit applications and other services.

All essential city services including police, fire and EMS, utility services, and city hall will stay open.

City council will hold its meeting on Tuesday, March 24, but city residents are urged to view it through MGTV-22, news media, or YouTube.

“Although cases of the Coronavirus in Virginia have gone up, we have not seen community transmission of the virus, and there are currently no known cases in the Martinsville-Henry County area. That is why we are taking this time to plan and mitigate to decrease the chances of further spreading the virus,” Human Resources Director Travis Hodge said.

The city is working closely with neighboring jurisdictions, the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local partners and health officials.

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