Bridge Littleton, Mayor
On behalf of the Town of Middleburg, we wanted to reach out to provide some information for everyone on our current efforts to address the corona virus and its impacts to our community. First and foremost, we want to assure everyone that the safety and well-being of our citizens and our businesses is and will be our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the situation each day and working directly with Loudoun County, the Virginia Department of Health, the other Towns, and our State and Federal representatives. This focus is to ensure we are doing our part to stop the spread of this virus and getting the support we need from those government agencies for our community.
The most important thing we all must do to stop the spread and of this virus and defeat it is to heed the directions of the health professionals. Vigorously practice strict social distancing, wash hands regularly and avoid crowded places. To this end, we have put in place Town guidance detailing how to protect against transmission of the virus, including hand-washing protocols and enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas in our offices. Also, we have added a Corona Virus Updates page to our town website for all the latest information. Link: www.middleburgva.gov/AlertCenter.aspx
We are all concerned for business community, many of whom are small and family run, which is being hit extremely hard by the impacts of this virus. As we practice social distancing, please remember that Middleburg is open for business in a slightly different fashion: Shop Locally, Virtually!! Most of our shops have an online presence, so before you browse Amazon, take a look at our many local stores for what you may need. They can ship it, hold it, do curb side and some even deliver. Please support our restaurants as well through eating in with by taking out. Each restaurant offers take out service, and several deliver. To make it easier, the Town website has a complete listing of all businesses and restaurants with links and contact info, and an additional “Support Local” page for delivery and service options has just been created. Every dollar you spend here will help our hard-working business owners and their employees. (and don’t forgot to tip!!!)
Additionally, the Town remains open and will continue to provide all essential services such as policing, water/sewer, trash collection, etc. While we are in the office, to protect our staff and the public we have moved to online and phone service as much as possible. Should you need anything, please call the Town office first for any assistance, 540-687-5152. If you need to come in, we ill accommodate it as best we can.
From a support perspective the Council and our staff are working hard on assistance programs we could implement to help our citizens and businesses. For example, with utility bills, we will move later this week to suspend any water or sewer cut off or the application of any late fees for a period of 60 beyond the due date of the next bill. This will apply to residents and businesses. These options will all be reviewed at the next Council meeting at 6pm on March 26th and we encourage the public to watch live on our website at https://www.middleburgva.gov. We will keep everyone informed as we implement these and other support programs.
For those who have contracted or know someone who has contracted the virus, we wish you a speedy and safe recovery; and we express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost a loved one to it. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
These will be trying times over the next weeks and months, but we will weather this storm, together, and emerge even better than before. What has always made our Town and community so special is our shared sense of place and our determination to help for one another. We are here to help in any way we can so please do not hesitate to contact on any of us, for anything. Please keep safe we will get through this challenging time and be chatting it up at the Post Office again very soon!!