City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Library Amnesty Period and Curbside Pickup: Car Loan Relief; Virtual Events & Activities
For Immediate Release: June 14, 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.
Alexandria Library Offers Amnesty Period, Curbside Pickup
While Alexandria Library buildings remain closed, services are available to provide safe access to and return of materials. Starting June 15, the Alexandria Library will offer an amnesty period, during which the library will waive fines and fees associated with materials that customers return during the amnesty period only. Fines and fees associated with items returned before the amnesty period will not be waived. Damaged and lost items will incur a replacement cost, but overdue fines will be removed. The amnesty period will last at least until July 31. As a reminder, items may be returned in the book drops at all library locations. Because returned items will be quarantined, they will continue to show on customer accounts for at least 72 hours until they are checked in. Contact any local branch for questions about amnesty.
Curbside pickup will start on June 15 for customers who had items on hold before library branches closed. These customers, who will receive a notification that their holds are available, can then make reservations to pick up the materials. On or around June 29, customers will be able to place new holds on items. Customers using the curbside service are asked to wait to receive notifications from the library before making reservations to pick up materials. For details, visit the Alexandria Library website.
COVID-19 Car Loan Payment Relief
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay monthly bills, including auto loan payments. Many automakers and lenders are offering relief programs for borrowers.
Virtual City Events, Recreation Activities
Many City meetings, events and activities can now be attended virtually. Visit the City Calendar for a complete list of virtual events, as well as cancellations. Looking for some virtual fun? Visit alexandriava.gov/Recreation for a listing of #RPCAatHOME virtual and on-demand programs. Choose from fitness classes, concerts, story times and more. Programming is updated regularly; check back often.
17 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,151, including 48 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. Now that Northern Virginia is in Phase Two 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.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/116052.