NORFOLK, VA – Today, Norfolk City Manager Dr. Chip Filer released the following statement regarding Norfolk’s beaches.
“The Governor’s staff notified Norfolk prior to Monday’s announcement that Virginia Beach may reopen their beaches, with restrictions, on Friday. The Governor did not make this decision because Virginia Beach has a plan but because Virginia Beach’s tourist oceanfront is a major economic driver for that city. Subsequently, Virginia Beach was asked to submit a plan in the event they were allowed to open. The Governor has also made it clear; this is a pilot program.
Norfolk’s beaches are not closed to the public. Even under the Governor’s current restrictions, the beaches are open to fishing and exercise activities. Norfolk is proud to offer more than 7 miles of bayfront beaches that cater to our residents, whether they live on them, drive a short distance to them or walk to them.
Norfolk is hopeful that Virginia Beach visitors adhere to the guidelines so the Governor will ease restrictions on other Virginia localities with beach amenities. Norfolk will be ready when that day comes.”