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Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: September 21, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EST

Please find answers to frequently asked questions related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation below. For information for meeting planners, please click here.

What is the latest on how COVID-19 is impacting Alexandria?

Alexandria is currently in Phase 3 of the state’s Forward Virginia reopening plan. To see what restaurants are open for outdoor dining, click here. To see what restaurants are open for indoor dining, click here. For a full list of what's open for visitors, click here.

Additionally, Governor Northam announced on May 26, 2020, that it is mandatory to wear a face covering when in a public indoor setting. Face coverings are required to enter restaurants and shops and must be worn except when eating, drinking or exercising. Beginning October 1, 2020, face coverings are required in Alexandria for instances when 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained, even outdoors. Learn more here. To learn where to get a face covering in Alexandria or how to make your own, click here. Read the state’s FAQs here. Read about the about the City of Alexandria’s precautions and updates here.

Are any museums or attractions currently open in Alexandria?

Some of Alexandria’s museums, attractions and tours began reopening in June. To learn more, click here. Please confirm directly with Alexandria attractions for the latest status before visiting. For information about attraction closures and event cancellations in Washington, D.C., click here

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have also been canceled. For information about the status of future events, visitors and residents are encouraged to check individual event organizer’s website for the latest information.

HOW CAN I LEARN WHICH ALEXANDRIA RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN?

To see what restaurants are open for outdoor dining, click here. To see what restaurants are open for indoor dining, click here. To learn about what's open in Alexandria, click here. To learn if a specific shop is open, view their website or social media channels or contact them directly. On ALX at Home you can find out which Alexandria restaurants are offering curbside, takeout or delivery, which retailers have adjusted offerings and other experiences you can enjoy from home.

What are businesses doing to keep visitors safe during this time?

In order for a business to be open during this time, they must follow all federal, state and local guidelines. To learn about the state’s Forward Virginia reopening plan, click here. Additionally, the Alexandria Health Department, supported by Visit Alexandria, recently launched the ALX Promise program. Businesses who have earned the voluntary certification will be listed on Visit Alexandria’s ALX Promise web page. The ALX Promise shield displayed on a business’ window or website indicates that they have committed to higher safety standards for employees and customers than the minimum rules required by law for all businesses.

Do I have to wear a face covering when I am visiting Alexandria?

Governor Northam announced on May 26, 2020, that it is mandatory to wear a face covering when in a public indoor setting. Face coverings are required to enter restaurants and shops and must be worn except when eating, drinking or exercising. Beginning October 1, 2020, face coverings are required in Alexandria for instances when 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained, even outdoors. Learn more here. To learn where to get a face covering in Alexandria or how to make your own, click here. Read the state’s FAQs here. Read about the about the City of Alexandria’s precautions and updates here.

What are the best resources for travelers?

Travelers are encouraged to monitor the following websites for the latest updates related to the coronavirus: 

CDC’s COVID-19 website

City of Alexandria’s COVID-19 website

Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 website

World Health Organization COVID-19 travel advice

For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703-746-4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What should I do if I am sick and suspect I am infected with COVID-19 while I am visiting Alexandria?

Visitors who think they might be sick with COVID-19, or any illness, and need medical attention, should seek care at one of Alexandria's urgent care centers or, if it is an emergency, at Inova Alexandria Hospital. If you think you may have COVID-19, please call ahead so the staff can best prepare for your visit.

For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703-746-4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How can I learn about the City of Alexandria government’s preparation and response to the Coronavirus?
I am a journalist with questions about the coronavirus’ impact on tourism. Who should I contact?

All media inquiries for Visit Alexandria should be directed to media@visitalexva.com.