After Mathews County’s Emergency Declaration and Virginia Executive Stay at Home orders from the Governor, the Mathews Visitor Center will remain closed until early May at the earliest to protect our volunteers, and visitors from the seriousness of the coronavirus.
For visitors, and those who live outside of Mathews – Please refer to this page
As of March 16, 2020, many businesses, essential and non-essential have changed their operations to protect the public and their employees. Please review this page for updates on non-essential businesses, as well as resources for the general public regarding health and safety, state and local orders and announcements, FAQ’s, and resources for businesses and residents.
We apologize that we cannot be your in-person hosts at this time, but information can still be found on our website or we can be reached by email for questions at Mathewsvisitorcenter@gmail.com.
Resources for Small Businesses & Employees:
Outside of human impacts of the virus, COVID-19 will likely have a long-term impact on many of our local businesses, workforce and local economy. Here are a few resources for small businesses to consider in the wake of COVID-19:
- Virginia Small Businesses – Preparing for COVID-19
- Seven Actions for Small Businesses to do now
- Business Resiliency Toolkit – Washington Case Study
- Business Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
- The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters
- Middle Peninsula Alliance list of resources and opportunities for the region.
- CARES Act for Small Businesses
- CARES Act for Non-profit Organizations
- Virginia.org extensive lists for business resources, webinars, podcasts, CARES Act information, health and travel.
- Payroll Protection Program information for assistance to keep employees on the payroll.
- Google Ad Credits Program for small and medium businesses
- Keep up-to-date with State press releases
- Unemployment funds are available through the Virginia Employment Commission. The Governor has waived the one week waiting period so that workers can start receiving benefits right away. Affected workers or businesses can contact the Virginia Employment Commission for information on how to apply for help
- National Main Street Resources and Tools including webinars, marketing suggestions and more
Mathews Event Updates
Mathews Farmers Market – Postponed indefinitely TBD Start Date
Gloucester Daffodil Festival – Canceled
Mathews Spring Cleanup – Postponed
Community Easter Egg Hunt – Canceled
Historic Garden Tour – Canceled
May Faire – Canceled
Tour de Chesapeake – Canceled
Mathews County Wide Yard Sale – Canceled
Gwynn’s Island Festival & Chicken Dinner – Canceled
July 4th Fireworks – Canceled
How to support non-essential business:
Many non-essential businesses (restaurants, stores, hair salons) are finding innovative ways to continue doing business during the coronavirus and they need your help to stay afloat. Most shops and boutiques have resorted to appointment-making shopping experiences, online sales, and Facebook to connect with their customers. Visit their website or Facebook to see how you can support your favorite shop. Contact your hair dresser to purchase a gift certificate to redeem after the pandemic is over. Order delivery, to-go or curbside from a local restaurant (see list below). If you have the means to support a local business, now more than ever they need your support, even if it’s not in person!
1. Purchase gift cards now, and use them later
2. Order food delivery or curbside checkout from a restaurant. Don’t forget to tip!
3. Find your favorite shop, hair dresser, dog groomer (etc) online to see how they are selling: gift certificates, virtual shopping, delivery
4. Give your favorite businesses love and reviews on social media
5. Keep your memberships current at places that rely on recurring monthly payments
(such as the YMCA)
6. If you need to cancel an event or travel plans, consider keeping the deposit down, and rescheduling at a flexible future date instead of asking for a refund
7. Get a long-overdue home improvement project started by calling a local contractor
8. Ask a business owner how you can help them at this time
Which shops are still open during coronavirus?
Which local shops are still open in Mathews? See this list to get you started (updated on 4/23/2020) but visit each shop’s Facebook page for the most accurate information regrind their adjusted hours and operations. We’ve conveniently hyper-linked the Facebook links to each shop below:
Classic Reflections – online shopping and Facebook Live Tours
Back in Time Mathews – Shop online store
Roane’s Antiques – Facebook shopping, by appointment, and virtual shopping tours
Lily Valentines & Antiques – Open by Appointment only
Doodlebug’s – Weekly Appointment, Facebook virtual tours!
Cattails – Facebook Live Shopping
Bay School – Kids art kits to-go; Art Speaks Gallery virtual – online shopping
ETC Vintage – Check their Facebook for online shopping and videos, by appointment
Put-in Creek Carvings – Open for less than 10 visitors at a time
Mermaid’s Crossing – Closed
Animal Care Society – Closed
Thrifty Spot – Open . See Facebook for details
Timeless Antiquities – Visit their Facebook Page for Updates
How can I support Local Watermen?
Watermen are having a difficult time selling their products consistently due to changes in demand from restaurants and the seafood industries. If you know a local waterman, try to buy from him directly. If you do not know a local crabber or oyster farmer, consider purchasing your seafood from a store that sources their seafood locally: Island Stop, Island Seafood, Sea Farms Seafood Shack and Moughon’s.
Restaurants Doing To-Go/Curbside:
The following restaurants in Mathews County are offering take-out services during the public health emergency. The photo below shows how they are offering food to the public and their phone numbers. Visit our Restaurant Page for addresses and additional information. Call for hours or check their Facebook pages as the change frequently.
–Linda’s Diner: (804) 725-7070
-Mathews Grill and Deli: (804) 505-1024
-Mi Casa Azteca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina: (804) 725-7272
-North Star Market: (804) 725-7777
-Salty Dog Pizzeria: (804) 505-1014
-Southwind Pizza: (804) 725-2766
-The Island Stop: (804) 725-2323
-Shun Xing: (804) 725-4682
-Richardson’s Cafe: (804) 725-7772
-White Dog Bistro: (804) 725-7680
-Daily Grind Coffee: (804) 725-3424
-Hole in the Wall Grill: (804) 505-1005
Beach Bum BBQ is Currently Closed.
Volunteering During Coronavirus –
Many residents have asked us what they can do to help during the coronavirus. Not only is this a beautiful reflection of our friendly and generous community, but it’s also motivation for us to compile a list of organizations who are actively seeking volunteers to address the needs during coronavirus, or seeking donations to assist residents directly impacted by the coronavirus.
“FAQ’s” (Frequently Asked Questions) –
See our Blog of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and how to find links to necessities, funding, and organizations helping residents.
Mathews Call Sheet
We asked the Mathews Social Services department to help create a list of phone numbers for resources connecting the most vulnerable to the coronavirus disease. This sheet will show the contact information for individuals who cannot afford food, are being threatened eviction, feel unsafe in their households, can’t afford health insurance, and more.
If you cannot read this well, please send us an email and we will send you the document ASAP, or contact the Mathews Social Services Department regarding any information provided below. 804-725-7192