City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Metro, DASH to Require Face Coverings; 30 Day Fund for Small Businesses; Beverage Reminder; Parenting Webinar
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2020
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge everyone to follow state orders to STAY HOME except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care. If you must leave your home, keep 6 feet apart from others when in public, and wear a cloth face covering if you cannot maintain physical distance. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Metro, DASH to Require Face Coverings Effective May 18
Effective Monday, May 18, face coverings or masks will be required when traveling in all Metro stations, trains, buses, and MetroAccess vehicles, and all Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) buses. Per CDC guidance, face coverings may include bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or homemade coverings easily made from t-shirts or other materials at minimal cost. Medical-grade masks should be prioritized for first responders and hospitals, and should not be used for this purpose. View a video from AHD for guidance on how to properly make and use a cloth face covering.
In accordance with current executive orders and public guidance, riders are reminded that these transit systems are open for essential travel only, and the public is encouraged to stay at home whenever possible.
Virginia 30 Day Fund Provides Loans for Small Businesses
The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees, and save jobs. Help is designed to be quick, easy, and free of red tape, as small business owners work to keep employees on board in the near term.
Alcoholic Beverages: Take Home, Not “Takeout”
Although bars and restaurants are temporarily allowed to sell beer, wine and mixed drinks along with food for carryout or delivery, these beverages are intended for home consumption. City Code prohibits consuming alcohol or carrying open containers of alcohol in public places, including parks, streets, sidewalks, alleys; any other public or private property open to the public; and vehicles in those locations. Bars and restaurants are helping distribute reminder cards to customers. Please consume alcoholic beverages responsibly, and at home.
“Pandemic Parenting” Webinar
Formed Families Forward, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs, is presenting a webinar Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help, and Hope on Monday, May 18, at 3 p.m. This session offers first-hand perspectives on why the COVID-19 reality is so challenging for parents and caregivers, and what they can do to promote resilient responses in ourselves and their children. The session will offer practical parenting tips, informed by brain science, and attendees will come away from this presentation empowered and confident to know their families will get through these challenging times. Registration is required.
47 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 1,396, including 32 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. It is critical for all community members, even those who don't have a diagnosed illness, to stay home except for essential trips such as brief visits to the pharmacy, doctor, or grocery store.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/115468.