City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Face Coverings Required Tomorrow; Farmers’ Markets to Resume On-site Sales; Free Jobs Event
For Immediate Release: May 28, 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.
Face Coverings Required Beginning Tomorrow
Executive Order 63 will require face coverings in indoor public settings starting tomorrow, May 29, and until further notice. This includes 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. Violation of the order will be a Class 1 misdemeanor. For questions about the order, call the Virginia Department of Health at 877.ASK.VDH3. Watch a video to learn how to make and use cloth face coverings correctly. Remember that cloth face coverings do not protect the wearer; they protect other people from the wearer. They are not substitutes for staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distance in public.
The Del Ray, Four Mile Run, Old Town and Old Town North farmers' markets have submitted management plans to safely comply with the Governor's Forward Virginia Phase One blueprint for reopening, and may resume on-site sales. Vendors and staff must wear face coverings when entering or working at the market, and customers are strongly encouraged to do so, as well. Everyone should practice the Six Steps to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Vendors will be required to use enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and there will continue to be no food preparation, food sampling, or on-site dining allowed. Customers are strongly encouraged to use pre-order and delivery options when offered; visit ALX at Home to browse options.
Free Online Event for Job Seekers on May 29
The City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center and Catholic Charities of Arlington are hosting an online “Meet the Employer” event on Friday, May 29, 1-2 p.m. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet the Premier Staffing Source team and learn more about immediate COVID-19 contact tracing employment opportunities in Virginia. Attendance and registration are free. Learn more about the event and how to register.
63 New COVID-19 Cases and 2 New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 1,887, including 44 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. As Northern Virginia moves into Phase One of the Forward Virginia blueprint, it is important to note that there is still community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and everyone is safest at home. This is especially true for persons at higher risk for severe illness, including those who are pregnant, over the age of 65, or have underlying medical conditions. Those who do go out are reminded to remain 6 feet apart from others; wear a cloth face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors and at all times in indoor public spaces; and wash hands frequently.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/115626.
Note: This news release was edited on May 28, 2020, at 9:10 p.m., to correct the number of new fatalities.