City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Moving to Phase One; Face Coverings Order; Recreation Reopening Phases; Food Distribution
For Immediate Release: May 26, 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.
Gov. Northam to Allow Northern Virginia to Move to Phase One Reopening
Governor Northam announced today that he will allow Northern Virginia to move from Phase Zero to Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” blueprint for reopening on Friday, May 29. Phase One lifts some restrictions on businesses while continuing measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The region will move to a “Safer at Home” strategy, which continues the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people and maintains standards for physical distancing, teleworking, and wearing face coverings. Details of the Phase One reopening for Northern Virginia are expected to be published on Wednesday.
Face Coverings Required Statewide Starting Friday
Governor Northam announced today that effective Friday, May 29, Virginians will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public places, including in stores, governmental facilities, and public transportation. There will be exceptions for children under age 10; people with health conditions that do not allow them to wear face coverings; eating or drinking; and exercising.
City Announces Reopening Phases for Recreation Activities
The City has announced reopening phases for programs and services offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA). The timing of the RPCA reopening phases is anticipated to align with the phases in the Governor’s “Forward Virginia” blueprint for Northern Virginia, but is subject to change. Programs and facilities will operate according to federal, state and local health guidelines, which include significant adjustments to capacity and format. Fewer participants than usual will be accommodated during the first two phases in summer camps, classes, pools, fitness rooms and more. Some facility amenities will remain closed until it is safe to reopen in accordance with guidelines. Visit alexandriava.gov/Recreation for reopening updates, including details about registration and participation.
World Central Kitchen Meal Distribution on May 28
In partnership with World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit food distribution organization founded by chef José Andrés, meals will be distributed at Ramsay Elementary School on Thursday, May 28, at 5 p.m, and groceries will be distributed by the nonprofit community organization ALIVE! For more information, view the event flyer in English or Spanish.
31 New COVID-19 Cases and 3 New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 1,785, including 41 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/115578.