Alexandria, as part of the Northern Virginia region, is expected to enter Phase 1 of the state’s Forward Virginia reopening plan on Friday, May 29, 2020. During Phase 1, known as “Safer at home,” individuals are still encouraged to stay at home and gatherings of greater than 10 people are prohibited. Businesses that are open must strictly adhere to the physical distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, and enhanced workplace safety practices in Governor Northam’s “Guidelines for All Business Sectors” document. Restaurants can operate partial outdoor dining. Fitness and exercise facilities can offer limited outdoor operations. Personal care and grooming services can open if they follow mandatory requirements. This “Safer at Home” phase is expected to last 2-4 weeks, but the reopening timeline will ultimately be determined by public health metrics.
Additionally, Governor Northam announced on May 26, 2020, that it is mandatory to wear a face covering when in an indoor public setting, except when eating, drinking, or exercising. Learn more here. To learn where to get a face covering in Alexandria or how to make your own, click here. To learn more, read the state’s FAQs. Read about the about the City of Alexandria’s precautions and updates here.