City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Resources for Pet Owners; DMV Extensions; When Staying Home Doesn’t Feel Safe

Page archived as of June 13, 2020

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Resources for Pet Owners; DMV Extensions; When Staying Home Doesn’t Feel Safe 

­­For Immediate Release: May 30, 2020

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care. If you must leave your home, wear a cloth face covering around others and keep at least 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.

DMV Extends Validity of Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards, and Vehicle Registrations

Driver’s licenses and identification cards expiring on or before July 31, 2020, are extended for 90 days, not to exceed August 31, 2020. This means that a customer whose credential expires between March 15 and May 31 will have 90 days beyond the expiration date to renew, and credentials with an expiration date from June 1 to July 31 must be renewed no later than August 31, 2020. Vehicle registrations that expire in March, April, and May are extended for 90 days; those expiring in June are extended for 60 days; and those expiring in July are extended for 30 days. In addition to the credential extensions, selected customer service centers are open by appointment only for specific services. For details, visit the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

COVID-19 Resources for Pet Owners

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) offers a variety of COVID-19 related services, including programs to assist pet owners in need. As part of these efforts, the organization has provided more than 5,000 pounds of pet supplies to Alexandria residents since mid-March. Assistance programs for pet owners include the Community Pet Pantry, which provides pet care items like wet and dry food, cat litter, and other supplies. Pet owners are invited to contact the AWLA at or 703.746.5508 to discuss what items are needed for their pet and how to arrange for pick-up or delivery. For eligible homebound seniors, the AniMeals on Wheels program, a partnership between the AWLA and Senior Services of Alexandria, provides monthly deliveries of pet supplies to eligible, housebound Alexandria seniors with pets. For more information about AniMeals on Wheels, contact Senior Services of Alexandria at 703.836.4414, ext. 113. 

When Staying Home Doesn’t Feel Safe

These are stressful times because of health risks from COVID-19 and because everyone must stay home as much as possible. For some people, staying home doesn’t always feel safe, because someone there may threaten or hurt them. If this describes your situation, call the City’s Sexual Assault Hotline at 703.638.7273 or Domestic Violence Hotline at 703.746.4911. Learn more about resources for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, including a shareable flyer on staying safe at home during this crisis.

19 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria

The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 1,960, including 44 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at 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 over the age of 65 and those with 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. 


# # #


This news release is available at