COVID-19: Support & Guidance for Businesses

Page updated on May 26, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Support for Businesses

  •  As Northern Virginia approaches Phase One of the Governor’s Forward Virginia blueprint, the Alexandria Health Department will post information on training and new initiatives to help support local businesses while keeping their employees and the community safe.
  • View resources from the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership about disaster assistance, tax and regulatory changes, support for affected workers, and how to support small businesses.
  • Visit ALX at Home to 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 100 ways to support the independent businesses that make Alexandria so special. 
  • The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 updates and resources webpage provides links to webinars and updates on the operating status of local businesses, and links to other resources.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers and frequently asked questions for businesses, including information about reducing the spread of COVID-19; workplace cleaning and disinfection; dealing with potential or confirmed cases in the workplace; healthy business operations; and critical infrastructure.
  • Watch a recorded webinar from March 10 with updates for Alexandria businesses, sponsored by the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Restaurant Operations

Restaurant owners and operators may obtain regulatory information and recommendations from the links below:

To support local business and access to food, the City has suspended enforcement of the following regulations and special use permit conditions that limit hours of operation, deliveries, off-premises alcohol sales, and outdoor sales/dining. The City will also begin work on legislation to implement temporary or, where appropriate, permanent changes to the City Code to allow these activities.

  • Restaurant Deliveries and Pick-up: Suspended enforcement of delivery regulations in order to allow all restaurants to provide delivery service and pick-up service. Delivery vehicles and customer pick-ups may use on-street parking subject to posted parking requirements.
  • Hours of Operation: Suspended enforcement of hours-of-operation restrictions on restaurants, convenience stores, catering operations and automobile service stations (gasoline stations).
  • Sidewalk/Parking Lot Vending: Restaurants and retail establishments may vend on adjacent sidewalks or parking lots.
  • Off Premises Alcohol Sales: Suspending enforcement of local restrictions on alcohol sales, including off-premises alcohol sales and delivery. Businesses remain subject to all VABC licensure requirements.
  • Outdoor Dining Expansion: There are no changes to outdoor dining regulation. Restaurants may not operate when more than 10 patrons are present between all indoor and outdoor areas.

Visit Alexandria is helping everyone experience Alexandria’s restaurants, shops and attractions from the comfort of their own home

On March 23, the Governor and the State Health Commissioner issued a second amendment to Executive Order 53 declaring a public health emergency in Virginia and prohibiting fitness centers and theaters from operating, and prohibiting dine-in service for restaurants. On May 12, Executive Order 62 extended the previous restrictions through May 28 for Northern Virginia. As part of that extension, restaurant establishments may continue to provide only carry-out and delivery options. Violation of the order is a criminal offense.

Pool Operations

As a result of EO53, all pools including municipal, hotel, clubs, condominium/apartment, etc. are required to be closed. As the weather improves, pool owners and management companies should perform maintenance on their pools so that water does not stagnate and become a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Once Northern Virginia moves to Phase One of the Forward Virginia blueprint, outdoor pools that can accommodate individual lap lanes will be allowed to reopen with only one swimmer per lane. Please contact the Environmental Health team on 706.746.4910 to discuss opening requirements for the 2020 pool season.