Lynchburg Police Chief discusses COVID-19 crisis in online video message to residents


Courtesy: Lynchburg Police / YouTube

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema took the time to create a video message to residents of the Hill City talking about issues surrounding the coronavirus.

The Governor’s orders are in the interest of public health, and our goal for this public health emergency is for our citizens to voluntarily comply with these orders to ensure the long-term health and well-being of our community.”

Ryan Zuidema, Lynchburg Chief of Police

Chief Zuidema also touched on items included in the governor’s Executive Order 53 which officially took effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

  • Restaurants and other dining establishments may only offer take-out and delivery service
  • No gatherings of 10 or more people are permitted
  • All recreational and entertainment businesses are closed
  • Retail businesses that are deemed essential can remain open, such as grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Retail businesses not deemed essential can remain open if they limit shoppers to no more than 10, while also practicing social-distancing

The Lynchburg Police Department encourages residents to patronize these businesses, citing that “they need our support now more than ever.”

View the City of Lynchburg‘s and Downtown Lynchburg‘s website for contact information for these businesses.

The Lynchburg Police Department also has announced some changes the department has in place.

  • We will have less direct community engagement because of the precautionary measures everyone in the city should be taking
  • We are still answering 911 calls and we will do everything we can to keep our community safe in these trying times
  • Some of your non-emergency calls may be handled by phone, instead of in-person

To view the video in its entirety, click here.

Residents who have further questions regarding Executive Order 53 can click here.

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