PO Box 104, The Plains, VA 20198

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03.30.2020 GOVERNOR NORTHAM STAY AT HOME ORDER - MARCH 30, 2020 2:00 PM Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

The executive order also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person classes and instruction. Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise.

“We are in a public health crisis, and we need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly,” said Governor Northam. “Our message to Virginians is clear: stay home. We know this virus spreads primarily through human-to-human contact, and that’s why it’s so important that people follow this order and practice social distancing. I’m deeply grateful to everyone for their cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Five can be found here.

Last week, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Three closing certain non-essential businesses, prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people, and directing all K-12 schools to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. A Frequently Asked Questions guide about Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here.

For the latest information about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus or CDC.gov/coronavirus.
03.26.2020 A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR To: Town Council Members
Clerk/Treasurer
Zoning Administrator
Town Attorney
Planning Commission Chairman
ARB Chairman
BZA Chairman
Park Authority Chairman

From: Mayor
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Re: Governor Northam Ban

Due to an abundance of caution and in light of the Governor's recent announcement to limit group meetings, I am cancelling our next meeting in April.

Please advise your memberships and others about cancellation as needed. Mrs. Brady will make arrangements for advertising on Monday, March 30th and in conjunction with Mr. Gyurisin make and prepare needed notifications and notices.

Please feel free to contact me directly with questions or comments at 540-364-6174.

Thank you for your support and cooperation,
Blakeney Gallagher
Mayor
03.23.2020 MAY 5, 2020 TOWN ELECTION - VOTE ABSENTEE May 5th Town Election: Voting absentee in the coming local May elections is strongly encouraged. Voters may choose reason "2A My disability or illness" for Absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19. Voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day.

Click this link to register: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
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03.19.2020 MAKE FOOD DONATIONS HERE The Peas & Grace food pantry will be open on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting March 31, 2020. Call (540-253-5177, ext. 101) leave a message with your name and phone number. Come to the entrance is under the clock tower, by the church office in the education wing.

Donations of non-perishable food items are always welcome, to help us keep our shelves stocked. Call (540-253-5177, ext 101 for drop off instruction. Not sure what we might need? A good rule of thumb is to “donate whatever you think you would want to eat.”
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03.16.2020 LIST OF CANCELLATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS (PDF VERSION) - Town Government, Local Organizations, Churches & Local Businesses The most current list as of April 1, 2010 2:00 pm.

Town meetings are listed on page 1 of 8. Other local organizations, churches and business start on page 2 of 8.

NOTICE: THE APRIL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING IS CANCELED.
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Welcome to The Plains, Virginia

Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

The executive order also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person classes and instruction. Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise. 

“We are in a public health crisis, and we need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly,” said Governor Northam. “Our message to Virginians is clear: stay home. We know this virus spreads primarily through human-to-human contact, and that’s why it’s so important that people follow this order and practice social distancing. I’m deeply grateful to everyone for their cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Five can be found here.

Last week, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Three closing certain non-essential businesses, prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people, and directing all K-12 schools to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. A Frequently Asked Questions guide about Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here.

For the latest information about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus or CDC.gov/coronavirus.

Local Food Options - Menu’s and features from our local shops and restaurants appear above as images arrive from our shop owners and restaurant chefs. Please keep street parking spaces open along the street in front of each so that patrons can pick up items.  If you are ordering out, please shop locally.  Consider a gift certificate to help our local shop owners and restaurant owners.  The best place to look for local food options is each shop or restaurant Facebook or Website page.  Images thanks to Lisa Vella owner of Bailywyck Antiques, Tom Key of The Rail Stop, Ben Merchant, Steve Gyurisin, Gabriella Patierno of Girasole Restaurant, Salvatrice"Sally" DeLuca of the Crest Hill Antique and Tea Room.

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Click here to make food donations

 

Or paste this link to your web browser

https://www.gracetheplains.org/now-open-the-grace-church-food-pantry-peas-grace/

 

Starting March 31, 2020 Peas & Grace Food Pantry will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 540-253-5177 x101  Leave your name and phone number on the answering machine.

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Click here for local shops owners & restaurant chefs food options.

 

Or paste this link to your web browser

 

http://www.theplainsvirginia.org/files/upload/Announcements%20ToTP%20%2003-28-2020%2010AM%20%20PDF.pdf

 

Information, announcements and restaurant food options start on page two.

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Click here for the Fauquier County Emergency Event Information

 

 

Or paste this link to your web browser:

https://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-a-g/fire-rescue/covid-19-information 

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Click here for Coronavirus Updates 

 

 

Or paste this link to your web browser:

https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

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Click here for a list of postponed & cancelled Town Meetings

 

Or got to scrolling "News and Event”area on this page.

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May 5th Town Election: Voting absentee in the coming local May elections is strongly encouraged. Voters may choose reason "2A My disability or illness" for Absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19. Voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day. 

 

Click this link:

https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

 

 

 

 

Click here for a list of postponed & cancelled Town Meetings

 

Or got to scrolling "News and Event" area on this page.

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WELCOME TO OUR TOWN 


Please visit "News & Events" for local cancellations and announcements.  The April 2020 Town Council meeting is canceled. Go to Fauquier County, VA under the "Links" tab for any school and emergency service announcements.   During this crisis, we want to provide you with as much local information as possible. Please let us know if you have a special announcement about your organization or business.  It is important that your support our local shops and restaurants, donate to our local food pantry; and adhear to the stay at home order for the safety of your friends and neighbors.  Please consider absentee voting in the upcoming election.


Our website is designed with you, our residents and our many visitors, in mind. We hope you'll find your visit here valuable and informative, and hope that you will find what you're looking for.


Please, take time to visit our shops and restaurants which are now providing carry-out menu items.  Consider buying a gift certificate to help your local favoriate place. Slow down and enjoy your time with us. Relax. Our shopkeepers and chefs can't wait to see you again. Everything is within easy walking distance. Just park your car and enjoy a peaceful stroll on Main Street in The Plains.  We are a nationally recognized historic community with plenty of small town charm.

 

Come on by and get to know us when our Governor's order to stay at home is over.

Mayor Blakeney Gallagher

 

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May 5th Town Election: Voting absentee in the coming local May elections is strongly encouraged. Voters may choose reason "2A My disability or illness" for Absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19. Voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day.

 

Click this link:

https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation