City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Phase Three Guidelines; Virtual Events & Activities
For Immediate Release: June 21, 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 home, you are required to wear a face covering when inside buildings. Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Planning Ahead: Phase Three Guidelines for Business
While all of Virginia remains in Phase Two of the Forward Virginia reopening blueprint until further notice, guidelines are available to plan for what to expect when Phase Three begins. Under Phase Three, the limit on social gatherings will increase from 50 to 250 people. Restaurant and beverage establishments will continue to maintain 6 feet of distance between tables; fitness centers may open indoor areas at 75% occupancy; and recreation and entertainment venues may operate at 50% occupancy, up to 1,000 patrons. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools will be allowed to expand operations to free swim, exercise, diving and instruction, at up to 75% occupancy if applicable, with 10 feet of physical distance between patrons not of the same household. Overnight summer camps will remain closed in Phase Three.
Virginians will still be “Safer at Home,” especially for those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to continue teleworking when possible, and should maintain physical distance in public spaces. Face coverings in indoor public settings will still be required. All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high-contact surfaces, and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place.
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, workshops and meetings, 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.
10 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,227, including 49 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. 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. If you must go out, please remember to keep 6 feet of distance from others; wear a cloth face covering, especially when inside public spaces; wash hands frequently; and remember to always carry tissues and hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol with you.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/116182.