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What’s Open in Alexandria, Virginia for Visitors

Page last updated September 9 at 3 p.m.

Alexandria is currently in Phase 3 of the state’s Forward Virginia reopening plan. Our independent restaurants and boutiques, historic sites and attractions and hotels are taking the necessary precautions to create a safe and welcoming environment for visitors. Here you’ll find the reopening status of our top attractions and which ones are ready for you to visit right now.

The Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King street in Old Town is currently open 7 days a week. 

Plan Ahead, Be Prepared

We look forward to seeing you stroll down our cobblestone streets and relax at our waterfront, but ask that you plan ahead and do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. While here, remember to practice physical distancing and to wear a mask, as face coverings are required in Virginia at all indoor public places, except when eating, drinking or exercising. Additionally, a mask is required when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, even outdoors. It is important to always have a mask with you as sometimes walkways, sidewalks and trails can become crowded unexpectedly. To learn more and for answers to other commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.


Reopening Timeline

Alexandria is currently in Phase 3 of the state’s Forward Virginia reopening plan. We encourage you to call ahead before visiting a site to confirm that they are open, as many may choose to remain closed during early phases. Advanced reservations are recommended at restaurants, as they are operating at a reduced capacity.

 

Phase 0

Phase 1, “Safer at Home”

 

Phase 2

Phase 3

Current Phase

Hotels

Open

Open

Open

Open

Restaurants

Takeout only

Outdoor dining at 50% capacity

 

Indoor dining at 50% capacity, tables 6 feet apart, no standing at bars

 

Open, but must maintain six feet of physical distance between parties. Bar seating remains closed.

See who's open in Alexandria for outdoor, indoor, and to-go here.

Shops

Open, limited to 10 customers or less

Open, limited to 50% capacity

Open, limited to 50% capacity

Open with no limits on capacity. Customers must maintain six feet of physical distance.

Attractions

(including museums, theaters, concert venues)

Closed

Closed

Open, but varies by site.

Open, but limited to 50% occupancy or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Private bookings limited to 250 people.

See below for details on attraction reopenings.

Waterfront

Open

Open

Open

Open

Parks

Open

Open

Open

Open

Trails

Open

Open

Open

Open

Tours

Canceled

Canceled

Permitted, limited to no more than 50 people

 

Permitted, but limited to 250 people.

Farmers’ Markets

Pre-order, pick-up only

Open, pre-order encouraged

Open

Open, but vendors and customers must maintain six feet of physical distance.

Special Events

Canceled, no social gatherings of more than 10 people

Canceled, no social gatherings of more than 10 people

Social gatherings limited to no more than 50 people  

Permitted, but limited to 50% occupancy of the event space or 250 participants, whichever is less. 

Components of phases are subject to change due to conditions.

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Status of Attractions, Tours, and More

Here is a look the opening status of Alexandria’s top attractions and tours. Please check each site’s individual website to learn more and for detailed information before visiting. Masks are required to be worn indoors except when exercising or at a table eating, and may also be required at certain outdoor attractions as well.  

Museums

More Alexandria Attractions

Water Taxi & Cruises

Tours

Transportation

  • King Street Trolley: Currently not operating. Consider alternate Old Town bus routes AT-2, AT-7, or AT-8.
  • WMATA ("Metro"): Metrorail operating at all Alexandria stations on a normal schedule, but closing at 11 PM
  • DASH: Alexandria's bus system operating on a limited schedule
  • Amtrak: Operating on a reduced schedule

Events

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