From Delegate Scott

Together, we are facing a global crisis none of us have seen in our lifetimes.  The COVID-19 virus is an ongoing situation, and we all need to pay attention and take it seriously.

I am sharing some important resources for you and your family.  We are updating this information regularly, and I encourage you to visit the links provided for the latest updates.

If you need more information on available community services, you can call 2-1-1.  The Commonwealth also has a Coronavirus hotline (1-877-275-9343).

There is a lot of misinformation and scams related to COVID-19.  Please be careful.  You can look to the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC for guidance.

Above all, please take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those you come in contact with every day.


To help contain the spread of COVID-19, remember:

Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.

Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Avoid close contact with others – stay six feet apart.

Avoid touching your face.

Cover all coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of your elbow.

STAY HOME – even if you are not considered high-risk, you can still pass the virus to others.


If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your doctor or emergency room to seek medical attention.  The CDC has prepared a fact sheet you can read HERE.

Forward Virginia:  Re-Opening

Beginning May 15, Virginia will enter Phase 1 of our re-opening plan – click HERE to read the plan.

  • Indoor gyms, movie theaters, and restaurants without outdoor seating must re main closed.

  • Brick and Mortar Retail: Capacity must be limited to 50% of the lowest occupancy load, employees and customers must be six feet apart, employees must wear masks, and fitting rooms will be closed.

  • Restaurants can re-open ONLY if they are licensed for outdoor seating and single-use, disposable menus.

  • Personal Care and Grooming Services:  Services can be offered by appointment only, and stations must be six feet apart.  Capacity must be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load and EVERYONE (employees and patrons) must wear masks at all times.

  • Fitness & Exercise Services:  Outdoor group exercises must be limited to no more than 10 participates and must maintain 10 ft of physical distancing between each other.

We are still under a Stay At Home Order.  While Phase 1 does ease some restrictions, it is imperative we all continue to follow guidelines and rules to keep everyone safe.

Governor Northam has closed all K-12 schools in Virginia for the rest of the school year.

Meals are available for pick-up to students.  Meals are available “grab-and-go” style, and your child MUST be present to receive a meal.

Pick up sites and schedules are below.  Please check the website HERE.

Churchland High School 10:00am – 12:00pm
I.C. Norcom High School 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wilson High School 10:00am – 12:00pm
Churchland Elementary School 10:30am – 12:30pm
Churchland Primary/Intermediate 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cradock Middle School 10:30am – 12:30pm
John Tyler Elementary School 10:30am – 12:30pm
Waters Middle School 10:30am – 12:30pm

To help make meals more accessible,  PPS is also sending the “Magic School Bus” into neighborhoods to make meal pick-up easier for parents.

Magic School Bus pick up sites and schedules are below.  Please check the website HERE.

Magic School Bus Delivery Schedule

10 – 10:30 AM:

  • 3959 Twin Pines Rd (Churchland Shopping Center near Dollar General)
  • Vick & Stanley Rd. (Near Simonsdale Presbyterian Church)
  • 432 Broad St (near Port Norfolk’s Rec Center)

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

  • Bickford Pkwy & Bickford Ln (near DMV Parking Lot)
  • Cherokee Rd & Cheyenne Trail (Near Belle Hall & Ashton Village Apts.)
  • Ann St & Elm Ave (near Parkview Elementary)

11:30 AM to Noon

  • River Pointe Dr & River Pointe Pkwy (near West Norfolk First Baptist Church)
  • Bird Lane & Victory Blvd (Victory Bowling Lanes Parking Lot)
  • Coolidge St & Peach St (near Brighton Elementary)

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

  • Louisa Ave & Griffin St (near Westhaven Elementary)
  • Independence St & Greenwood Dr (near Victory Elementary)
  • Piedmont Ave & Jefferson St (near Emily Spong)

Instructional Packets for students are available HERE.

Visit the City of Portsmouth Public Schools Coronavirus Information page HERE.

Visit the Virginia Department of Education website HERE for more information.

The Child Care Subsidy Program through Virginia’s Department of Social Services has increased their support and flexibility. You can get more information HERE.

 The State Corporation Commission extends ban on utility service disconnection until June  14, 2020.

 If your Dominion Energy services were previously shut off, please contact Dominion HERE.

If your Virginia Natural Gas services were previously shut off, you can contact Virginia Natural Gas HERE.

The Virginia Supreme Court has declared a judicial emergency in response to COVID-19 and all courts in Virginia are CLOSED until June 7, 2020.  You can read the declaration HERE.

Governor Northam has taken several steps for those unemployed as a result of COVID-19.  Waiting periods and other eligibility and restrictions have been updated.  The Commonwealth is taking steps to significantly increase their server and staffing capabilities.  You can visit the Virginia Unemployment Commission website HERE.

The CARES Act has also expanded unemployment benefits to cover self-employed and 1099 workers.  For more information about the CARES Act, click HERE.

The Small Business Administration has guidance for small businesses and disaster relief.  You can visit that website HERE.

If you did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,000 ($24,000 for married couples), you are eligible for payment.  For more information on Economic Impact Payments and to see if you should apply, please click HERE.

The IRS has extended the tax deadline to July 15, 2020.  You can learn more HERE.

For state taxes, the deadline to file Virginia income tax returns remains May 1st.  The deadline to pay any income tax due was moved to June 1st.  Virginia isn’t able to extend the tax deadline as the federal government and other states have done due to our two-year budget cycle, our July 1 start of our fiscal year, and that we cannot go into debt to meet shortfalls.  For more information, click HERE to see a fact sheet.  If you think you owe taxes, click HERE to estimate what you could owe.  You will need to pay 90% of that amount by June 1st.

Governor Northam has moved Virginia’s primary elections from June 9, 2020 to June 23, 2020.  You can read the press release HERE.

 The May 5, 2020 election has been moved to May 19, 2020, although Portsmouth does not have an election in May surrounding localities do.

Finally, you can request an absentee ballot to vote in the June election by mail.  The information to do so is HERE.

All in-person visits to all correctional facilities are cancelled until further notice. Off-site video visitation is available. You can find more information HERE.

Governor Northam and Legislators passed The Inmate Early Release Plan in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can find more information HERE.

Beginning May 26 ,2020, DMV is opening an additional 6 customer service centers statewide for specific, appointment-only services.  You can read more at the DMV website HERE.

*Hampton: 8109 Roanoke Ave, Hampton Virginia 23605 Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*Virginia Beach: 3551 Buckner Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453 Hours: 8 a.m – 6 p.m.

*Newport News (12730 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News, VA 23602), 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

*Portsmouth (6400 Bickford Parkway, Portsmouth, VA 23703), 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Book your appointment HERE.

The federal enforcement deadline for REAL ID has been extended until October 1, 2021.  You can read more about REAL ID and what it is HERE.