2020

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COVID-19 Cases in the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD), as of July 30, 2020. Source: COVID-19 TJHD DATA PORTAL

Events

January

  • January 1 – A man wearing a mask shot a gun into the bar at 11 Elliewood Avenue just after midnight, injuring one [1]
  • January 6 – Charlottesville City Council approves special use permit and a critical slopes waiver for the second phase of South First Street [3]
  • January 14 – Charlottesville police responded to a reported armed robbery at Atlantic Union Bank on Barracks Road. The suspect brandished a firearm at the teller and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash, authorities said. No injuries were reported. [4]
  • January 15 – Deed recorded in Albemarle County court for conservation easement for 1,150 acreas at Morven Farms [5]

February

  • February 19 – County Executive Jeffrey Richardson unveils $451 million recommended budget for FY2021, a slight decrease from adopted FY2020 budget. This delays for one year an anticipated 1.5 cent rate increase to pay for additional debt service [8]
  • February 20 – Charlottesville School Board voted to adopt $92.1 million funding request for FY2021 [10]

March

  • March 2Charlottesville City Manager Tarron Richardson presented his $196.6 million operating budget and $35.3 million capital improvement program budget to City Council meeting. Public safety employees appeared during the matters from the public section to lobby for more funding. [15]
  • March 3 – 2020 March Democratic Presidential Primary: Virginia, one of 14 states, held primaries on this day, also known as "Super Tuesday." Former Vice President Joe Biden won all but three localities in Virginia. Floyd County in the far Southwest and the cities of Harrisonburg and Charlottesville went for Bernie Sanders. The Democratic primary was open, meaning all registered voters could vote in the party primary regardless of the their own party affiliation. The Republican Party voted to cancel its primary.
  • March 5 – Council opts to not raise the property tax rate for FY2021 [16]
  • March 12 – In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Albemarle County and Charlottesville declared local emergencies in order to help coordinate public safety efforts to contain the spread of the disease. This gives officials more flexibility to conduct business. It resulted in the temporary halt of public meetings as well as the delay of the adoption of the FY21 budget in Albemarle County. [17] [18]
  • March 13 – Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.[21]
  • March 15 – A Facebook post on restaurant Rapture’s page said it will be “closing its doors indefinitely...after over 21 years on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.” [22]
  • March 17 – Beginning this day, Charlottesville City Schools will provide combined breakfast and lunch bags to children up to the age of 18. The Monday/Wednesday deliveries will be available from the hours of 11am-noon at locations throughout the city. Families can go to the location that is closest to them. Parents are not required to be present in order for their child to receive a bag, but it is helpful since children will be carrying multiple days’ worth of food — students are encouraged to bring an adult or at least a backpack. [23] [24]
  • March 24 – Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Fifty-Three which bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment, and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.
  • March 27 – Albemarle County Board of Supervisors adopts continuity of governance ordinance [25]

April

  • April 7 – Virginia Announces Changes in Unemployment Insurance program as a result of the Federal CARES Act. The CARES Act provides increased benefits for workers collecting unemployment insurance by $600 for claims effective March 29th until July 31st.[27] The Act expands eligibility for unemployment insurance and provides people with an additional $600 per week on top of the unemployment amount determined by each state. Currently the maximum weekly benefit amount is $378 and the minimum is $60. [28] Virginia's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour ($290 a week is the pay before taxes for an employee who works 40 hours a week at $7.25 an hour; $600 a week is the pay before taxes for an employee who works 40 hours a week at $15 an hour, or 30 hours a week at $20 an hour.)
  • April 15 – Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he will extend Executive Order Fifty-Three for two weeks, through May 8, 2020. The order, originally signed March 24, bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment, and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.[30]
  • April 20The Downtown Grille announced on the company's Facebook page: "With heavy hearts, we have decided to cease operations on the historic downtown mall. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic hardship, and we feel that closing the restaurant permanently is the best way to move forward."[31]
  • April 24 – The Virginia Department of Health's Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) is hosting a live town hall to answer questions about COVID-19. [32]
  • April 27 – City of Charlottesville will launch their new website using the domain name gov [33]
  • April 272020 Unity Days: as of this date, the Unity Days Committee for 2020 has not been appointed by the City Manager nor has City Council approved program funding for 2020.[34]

May

June

July

August

  • August 12020 Unity Days: Unity Days events will occur primarily during August 1 through 12, 2020. Charlottesville City Council (2018-2019) designated the second weekend of August (and August 12 when it falls during the week) for the annual Unity Days events as the anniversary of the events of August 11 to 12, 2017. [53]
  • August 7 – Governor Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent.[54]
  • August 10 – A temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia began and is to remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July 24.[55]
  • August 14 – The Albemarle County Police Department was investigating an early morning armed robbery at the 7-Eleven on Greenbrier Drive. Police say around 6:30 a.m the suspect enter the store and displayed a gun. The suspect demanded money from the register and hit the store clerk before driving off in a dark colored SUV.[56]
  • August 18Albemarle Planning Commission recommends approval of Albemarle Business Campus on a 5-0 vote [57]

September

Memorial to Confederate soldiers, cannons, and stack of cannonballs removal. (September 12, 2020)
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile visits The Shops at Stonefield. (September 12, 2020)
  • September 4 – Detectives with the Charlottesville Police Department are investigating an armed robbery at a business that occurred in the 100 block of Maury Avenue. [58]
  • September 12 – Memorial to Confederate soldiers, nicknamed the At Ready statue, cannons, and stack of cannonballs located in front of the Albemarle County courthouse at Court Square. Albemarle County is one of the first localities in Virginia to take action under the enabling authority provided under an amendment to Virginia Code § 15.2-1812 that authorizes localities to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover war monuments and memorials in their community.

October

  • October 13 – November General Election: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration.[59]
  • October 26 – Trial is set for lawsuit against groups and individuals who organized the Unite the Right rally in August 2017. [60]

November

December

Deaths

Images


References

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