Travel Information

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: March 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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

The coronavirus is impacting countries across the world and every state in America. The City of Alexandria is following the state’s direction and measures to combat the spread of the virus, including social distancing, no group gatherings of more than 10 people, limiting discretionary travel and self-quarantining for those with chronic health conditions or aged 65 or older. Recreational facilities such as bowling alleys and movie theaters are closed. Restaurants are open for carry out or curbside pick-up, but dining is not allowed inside. Non-essential retail, which includes many of Alexandria’s independent boutiques, can remain open, but social distancing in the stores is required and occupancy is limited to 10 people inside at a time. To learn more about the state’s guidance, click here or view the state’s FAQs. To learn more about the City of Alexandria’s precautions and updates, click here.

Are any museums or attractions closed in Alexandria? Have events been canceled or postponed?

Yes, Alexandria’s museums and attractions are currently closed. Please click on the links below to learn more from each site:  

Please confirm directly with Alexandria attractions for the latest status before visiting. For information about attraction closures and event cancelations in Washington, D.C., click here.

Most events in Alexandria have also been canceled or postponed, following new federal guidelines and recommendations from the state. Visit Alexandria will try to maintain an updated calendar of events, but visitors and residents are encouraged to check individual event organizer’s website for the latest information.

How can I support Alexandria’s local businesses during this difficult time?

Alexandria has the largest collection of independent restaurants and shops in the D.C. region. Visit our new hub, ALX at Home, to learn about creative ways local businesses are bringing their products to you so you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. From curbside pickup from your favorite restaurants to virtual shopping, learn more 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

U.S. Travel Association’s COVID-19 website

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.