What’s Open in Alexandria, Virginia for Visitors
Page last updated January 14, 2021.
Alexandria is open for visitors, but the Commonwealth of Virginia has imposed some restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our independent restaurants and boutiques, historic sites and attractions and hotels are taking the necessary precautions to welcome visitors as safely as possible during this challenging period. Here you’ll find the opening 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 for everyone age 5 and up, except while 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.
Studies show that spending time unmasked indoors at businesses such as restaurants and gyms significantly increases your risk of contracting COVID-19, even when physical distancing is present. Getting food to-go, dining outside and taking part in virtual activities from home are much safer.
Current Opening Status and Restrictions
- Hotels: Open and taking extra precautions for health and safety.
- Restaurants: Open as late as midnight, but must maintain six feet of physical distance between parties. No alcohol is served after 10 PM. Bar seating remains closed. Masks required except while eating or drinking. See who's open in Alexandria for outdoor, indoor, and to-go here.
- Shops: Open, but customers must maintain six feet of physical distance.
- Attractions, Museums, and Performing Arts Venues: Some are closed and others are open with limited capacity. See below for details.
- Parks and Trails: Open
- Tours: Permitted, but with limited capacity
- Farmers’ Markets: Open, but vendors and customers must maintain six feet of physical distance.
- Special Events: Permitted, but limited to 50% occupancy of the event space or 10 participants, whichever is less
The Commonwealth of Virginia has also imposed a nightly curfew from midnight to 5 AM each night through at least January 31, 2021 unless travelling for work, buying food, or seeking medical attention.
Note that there are numerous restrictions in Washington, DC for security purposes during the week of Inauguration. These restrictions include reduced access to the National Mall, closed Metrorail stations in downtown DC, closed museums, and no indoor dining. President Elect-Joe Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and their teams, along with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, have already advised against travel to Washington, D.C. for the event due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Get more information at Destination DC's Inauguration page.