COVID-19: Support & Guidance for Businesses

Page updated on Oct 26, 2020 at 10:06 PM

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

The Department of Labor and Industry recently introduced regulations that require employers to report all COVID-19 employee cases. If one of your employees has tested positive for COVID-19, please complete this online report form . Once we receive this confidential report, AHD staff may contact you or the employee for further information as we try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.   

Support for Businesses

  • Take the ALX Promise training to learn about new local and state requirements for businesses to protect your customers and employees.
  • 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.

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: Outdoor dining expansion is available through the Planning & Zoning department. Patrons must be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart in all dining areas.

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

On July 1, the Governor and the State Health Commissioner issued a Executive Order 67  which took Virginia in Phase 3 of the gradual re-opening process. As part of that extension, restaurant establishments were able to expand their indoor dining providing that all seated parties were spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart. Violation of the order is a criminal offense.

Pool Operations

As a result of EO 67, all pools including municipal, hotel, clubs, condominium/apartment, etc. were allowed to operate at a reduced capacity. Lap lane and free swim were permitted, with good social distancing and no more than 3 swimmers per lap lane. Please contact the Environmental Health team on 706.746.4910 to discuss opening requirements for the 2020 pool season.


Virginia Business Safety Regulations - The Governor's Executive Order 67 provides specific guidelines for businesses by sector. Learn more about the guidance.