Gov. Ralph Northam said in a virtual town hall this week that he really doesn’t know if beaches will be open by the 4th of July. Northam said that large congregations of beach goers would be a concern.
Will customers be asking for their money back amid signs that this summer the beach will not open?
The pandemic threatens to slam our local economy in ways previously unthinkable. As of now, the town is following the Governor’s lead– the message is, stay home and stay “safe”.
The time leading up to Memorial Day usually gives restaurants an early push as locals, and visitors emerge from winter. Not this spring, which is going to force most to reopen with massive debt with vendors, rents, mortgagors, insurance, utilities, and eventually taxes.
Even if the beach is open by late July, it will pretty much too late for Cape Charles to recover.