The Purcellville Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to end the town’s state of emergency, which was created due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19. The state of emergency will end at midnight on May 28.
The state of emergency was declared by Town Manager David Mekarki on March 16, 2020 and was ratified by the Town Council on March 24, 2020. An ordinance was passed by town council on April 8, 2020 outlining the laws governing operation of the town during and after an extended state of emergency.
Town Attorney Sally Hankins told the town council Tuesday night the town has six months to identify any actions that need to be made to return operations to how they were prior to March 2020.
“Once you adopt this we are right back to where we were before,” she said. “The only reason for the six months is to ratify what we did outside of the state code,” she said.
In addition to ending the state of emergency, the town has continued its phased reopening of Town Hall to the public.
Beginning June 2, Town Hall will reopen for walk-in service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Town officials said the hours of operation will expand as the transition to full-time onsite operations continue.
Town employees will be available to provide assistance via phone and email from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The town will also no longer require visitors to Town Hall to wear masks, if full vaccinated, in alignment with Governor Ralph Northam’s (D) Executive Order 79. Town officials ask that anyone who is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated wear a mask and continue to social distance if visiting Town Hall.