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Businesses brace for another year without typical Final Exercises

Local hospitality businesses weren’t surprised by the University of Virginia’s Wednesday decision to cancel its typical May graduation ceremony due to COVID-19 concerns. Although expected, the call represents another hit to Charlottesville businesses buffeted by pandemic.  A non-pandemic year sees thousands flood into Charlottesville to watch graduating university students walk the Lawn. Families book hotels […]

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When Charlottesville City Schools begins some in-person learning next week, there will be a dearth of buses.

When Charlottesville preschool and elementary schoolers return to in-person learning Monday, few will be arriving on buses. Amid a national shortage in school bus drivers that predated the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlottesville City Schools is urging students to walk, bike or carpool to school. The district has lost 12 bus drivers since September, Sherri Eubanks, pupil transportation […]

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Some COVID rules to be loosened March 1

Charlottesville may see increased activity downtown after Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Virginia would relax certain COVID restrictions starting March 1.  The new measures extend the current 10 p.m. cutoff for alcohol sales to midnight and lift the stay-at-home curfew. Outdoor entertainment venues may also increase their capacities from 250 people to up to […]

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Bill heading to governor would end May elections in Scottsville

Scottsville is among 16 cities and 107 towns across Virginia that would be affected by a bill the General Assembly passed that would move May municipal elections to November.  Scottsville Town Administrator Matt Lawless said the potential shift comes with pros and cons. While holding town elections alongside state and national races might increase voter […]

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UVA declines to assign blame for COVID spike, but some point fingers at fraternity, sorority recruitment

Eyes turned to social Greek life as surging cases of COVID-19 prompted what is essentially a campuswide lockdown at the University of Virginia. Still, university officials maintain that no particular group is solely responsible for rising cases. In an email to Charlottesville Tomorrow, university spokesperson Wes Hester said the case spike parallels trends at other […]

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Charlottesville council still weighing capital improvement project choices

Related Article: West Main Streetscape in limbo as council grapples with budget Weighing different infrastructure projects amidst budget season and the continued impacts of COVID-19,  the Charlottesville City Council is continuing to deliberate its options.  Councilors delayed deciding on the future of the West Main Streetscape in a Tuesday night meeting, opting instead for city […]

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121 COVID cases recorded in one day at UVA; restrictions underway

The University of Virginia announced on Tuesday night a litany of health and safety restrictions after reporting its highest single-day spike of new cases of COVID-19. The measures went into effect at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will remain in place until Feb. 26, at which point university leaders will assess lifting them.  The additional restrictions […]