Operational Updates Due to COVID-19

The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is coordinating with multiple City departments and partners to ensure continuity of our core services. Some non-essential services may be modified or suspended due to COVID-19.

Page updated on Oct 6, 2020 at 1:03 PM

The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is coordinating with multiple City departments and partners to ensure continuity of our core services. Some non-essential services may be modified or suspended due to COVID-19. This page will be updated with departmental service changes, as well as operational changes from our partners. For information about the citywide response to COVID-19, and information from the Department of Health, please visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.


The City of Alexandria will resume enforcement of residential parking zones, weekend meters, and other regulations beginning Monday, July 20. The regulations were temporarily suspended in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On July 20, the City will resume enforcement of the following parking restrictions:

•            Time restrictions for the general public in residential parking permit zones (Signs in these zones include the language “residential permit exempt.”)

•            Weekend time restrictions and meter fees on blocks with pay stations (Time restrictions and meter fees on blocks with pay stations will continue to be enforced on weekdays.)

•            Time restrictions for street sweeping (Signs pertaining to these restrictions prohibit parking during a one-hour window on a particular day of the week.)

•            The prohibition against parking on the street for more than 72 hours

•            The requirement to display a valid state inspection sticker

The City suspended enforcement of these parking regulations to assist vehicle owners who were working from home, caring for others, or trying to ensure the flow of goods and services. As Virginia continues to re-open and state stay at home orders have lifted, the City has determined that it is now appropriate to resume normal parking enforcement.  

In order to give residents, visitors, and workers adequate time to adjust their parking routines, the City is giving advance notice before parking tickets are issued to cars in violation of posted restrictions.  

To encourage continued physical distancing, the curbside pickup zones throughout the city will remain in place at this time. Residents who are still unable to move their vehicles on a regular basis may apply for an exemption of the city’s 72-hour rule. 

For more information about parking, visit alexandriava.gov/Parking

Public Works/Refuse Collection

The City of Alexandria has announced reopening phases for resource recovery/waste management services offered by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES). The City's refuse collectors continue to face the challenge of a historic increase in trash and recycling volume; residents are asked to help protect our workers by continuing to reduce the amount of waste they produce as much as possible.

  • Press release on reopening phases for resource recovery services
  • Chart for reopening phases of resource recovery services

Materials allowed outside of trash/recycling carts beginning June 15              
Beginning June 15, the City will resume collecting properly prepared trash and recycling placed outside of City-issued bins and carts. Residents receiving City collection should still make sure that trash that does not fit inside of their cart is tied or sealed in plastic bags. Recycling should be placed loose, with no plastic bag, inside the blue bins or carts. Recycling that does not fit inside of a City-issued cart can be placed in paper bags or, in the case of cardboard boxes and other oversize materials, broken down and placed next to your recycling cart. For additional guidance, see alexandriava.gov/ResourceRecovery.

  • Bulk material and metal curbside collection resumed the week of June 15. Pickup of metal materials and appliances must be scheduled through Alex311.
  • Curbside yard waste collection resumed Friday, June 19; all residents will receive yard waste collection on Fridays until further notice.
    All City residents, regardless of their normal trash/recycling collection day, should place yard waste materials at the curb for collection no later than 6 a.m. on Fridays. 
  • Yard waste drop-off site: The site closed when curbside yard waste collection resumed; the last day of operation for the City of Alexandria's temporary drop-off site for yard waste was Friday, June 12. 
  • The Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection Center resumed its regular schedule (Mondays and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) on Monday, June 8. The center will continue to adhere to the special operating procedures put in place for the safety of staff and residents.

  • Food Waste/Drop-Off Compost: Food waste composting stations will reopen at the Del Ray and Old Town farmers’ markets on Saturday, August 1, and at the Four Mile Run and West End markets on Sunday, August 2. For operating hours, special precautions related to COVID-19, and other information, visit alexandriava.gov/FoodWaste.
  • Mulch ordering : mulch delivery resumed the week of June 15. Free leaf and wood mulch will continue to be available for pickup at the self-serve mulch facility (4215 Eisenhower Ave.). 

All essential infrastructure maintenance and operations, including sewer service, traffic signals, street light and roadway maintenance, along with private permit issuance and inspection, continue to be provided as normal. 


Service updates from our regional transportation partners can be found on their respective websites. For additional information and updates, see GO Alex's resource on COVID-related changes to transit and other transportation.

  • DASH: Coronavirus updates can be found at dashbus.com/covid19. General alerts and updates will continue to be issued on www.dashbus.com.   
  • WMATAMetro has significantly reduced Metrorail and Metrobus services to protect the health and safety of Metro employees and customers and respond to dramatic reductions in ridership and the difficulty keeping shared surfaces clean. For the most up-to-date information, please visit  wmata.com
    • MetroAccess:  All subscription trips are cancelled until further notice. Customers with a critical need to travel should make a separate reservation calling 301-562-5360 (TTY 301-588-7535) or via the online reservation system. (Alexandria's DOT paratransit program remains operational).    


    All of our utility partners have suspended service disconnections for non-payment. For more information on their COVID-19 response, please visit their respective websites.  

    For questions about T&ES services that are not covered here, please contact Alex311. This page will continue to be updated.