You are safest at home except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care. If you must go out, wear a cloth face covering around others and keep at least 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Physical distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing: stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people; do not gather in groups; stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
Help with Food, Jobs, Housing & Human Services
The City and its partners are working together to provide information and resources that may offer some level of support, security and stability for families in need due to COVID-19.
Alexandria City Public Schools
All K-12 public schools in Virginia are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Follow the link for detailed information about ACPS closures and COVID-19 response, including distance education and distribution of food.
Support & Guidance for Businesses
The City and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and other partners are committed to ensuring Alexandria’s business community has the latest information on the impacts of COVID-19 and resources to help businesses respond.
The ALX Promise program encourages the safe and gradual reopening of the local economy. When customers see the ALX Promise shield displayed on a business’s window or website, they will know that the business has committed to higher safety standards for employees and customers than the minimum rules required by law for all businesses.
ALX at Home
Experience Alexandria’s restaurants, shops and attractions from the comfort of your own home. From virtual shopping at local boutiques to curbside pickup at your favorite restaurants to virtual ghost tours, see more than 200 ways to support the independent businesses that make Alexandria so special.
Volunteer & Donation Opportunities
Learn how to volunteer with the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps and other community organizations, and how to donate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Coping with Fear & Uncertainty
Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make our community stronger.
COVID-19 Catalog of Resources
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department have produced a wide variety of information products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All items are available for distribution or printing by residents, businesses and organizations.
City Invites Community to #SpreadCheerALX
The City invites the community to share positive messages and post photos on social media with the hashtag #SpreadCheerALX. Messages can be displayed as signs in windows or yards, chalk art on driveways, notes to workers on trash cans, or decorated rocks in yards. Messages should highlight the six steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, thank essential workers for supporting our community, or other messages of gratitude, hope, resilience, solidarity, or good cheer.
City Government Operations
Operating Status: City government remains open, but there are many facility and service changes. All City facilities are now either closed to the public or open by appointment only, until further notice. Customers may call 311 or 703.746.4311 to request in-person information or service. If the request cannot be resolved over the phone or online, the customer will be accommodated in person if possible. All City recreation, nature and art centers; museums and indoor historic sites; and library branches are closed to the public. All other facilities, including City Hall, are open by appointment only.
Map Resources: Use the City's Operational Viewer to see the status of City facilities and other operational information.
Recreation and Parks : The City and the Alexandria City Public Schools have closed the following public play spaces until further notice: recreation, nature and art centers; playgrounds; fenced fields; fenced basketball and tennis courts; fenced dog parks; and park amenities, including restrooms and parking lots. All unfenced parks, trails and fields remain open to the public. The City, ACPS and AHD believe that safe, physically distant opportunities for exercise are crucial for our community, to maintain both physical and mental health. Patrons are urged to practice physical distancing and wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, to protect themselves and others. Signage with these guidelines is being posted at play areas.
State of Emergency: The City Manager has declared a local state of emergency in Alexandria, which provides streamlined regulations for logistics coordination and prepares for the possibility of federal and state reimbursement of emergency costs. On March 24, the Alexandria City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to provide for the continuity of government during a period when in-person meetings cannot take place.
Non-Essential Meetings: The City Manager has directed all departments to evaluate each scheduled internal and public meeting and event on a rolling three to four-week basis, to determine if it is essential. Non-essential meetings or events will be cancelled or modified in consultation with the City Manager’s Office and any applicable board or commission chairs.