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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: April 14, 2021

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Latest COVID-19 Safety Guidelines from Governor Northam

Find more details on the governor's website, Read the Governor’s Announcement, or Read the Updated Executive Order 72, or Read Updated Guidelines for Specific Sectors

Starting April 1, the Governor's Executive Order 72 includes:

  • Social gathering limits will increase from 10 to 50 for indoor gatherings, and from 25 to 100 for outdoor gatherings.
  • Entertainment and public amusement venues will remain at 30% occupancy, but the cap for indoor venues will increase from 250 to 500 persons, and the cap for outdoor gatherings will be removed.
  • Recreational sporting event spectators will increase from 25 to 100 indoors, and from 250 to 500 outdoors, and remain limited at 30% capacity.
  • Graduations and commencements will be limited to 500 persons indoors and 5,000 persons outdoors, as previously announced.

Other recent updates:

  • Dining establishments: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is permitted until midnight. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must be closed between midnight and 5 a.m.  
  • Overnight summer camps will be able to open this summer with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.   

Mask and Face Covering Requirements: Inside Public Places at All Times, and Outside when Closer than 6 Feet from Others

This content appears courtesy of the Fairfax Health Department, the City’s health department, and Fairfax County.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam requires face coverings when people are inside public spaces. This includes all retail businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies, and entertainment and amusement businesses.

Everyone age 5 and up is required to wear a face mask indoors when not at their own home and outdoors when it’s not possible to social distance. “If you’re outdoors and you can’t stay six feet apart, you need to wear a mask,” Governor Northam said. “When you’re at work, wear a mask. When you’re watching your kid play soccer, wear a mask. That’s really simple and we can all do that.”

Face Covering Exceptions

There are exceptions to the requirement, however. Face coverings are not needed for:

  • Eating or drinking. 
  • Exercising. 
  • Children under the age of two. 
  • People with health conditions that keep them from wearing a covering. 
  • Communicating with people with hearing-impairments when the mouth needs to be visible. 
  • Getting medical treatment or government services when coverings can be removed temporarily. 
  • Participating in religious rituals. 

Report Mask or Face Covering Concerns or Violations

  • Call 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (Virginia Department of Health)
  • Submit an Online Complaint (Virginia Department of Health)
  • Do NOT call the Fairfax Health Department or the City of Falls Church Police about compliance with the governor’s executive order for face coverings.

Phase Three: City Government Programs and Services

  • City Hall -- Open to limited business, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most City business can be conducted over the phone or by email; see this link for more information.
  • Mary Riley Styles Public Library -- Open with curbside service only. The library offers a multitude of online programs; see this link for more information.
  • Community Center -- Closed, except to those registered for activities and classes, or those who need in-person assistance registering for a program.
  • Farmers Market -- Open in a "To Go" formation that encourages pre-ordering and quick pick-up. Masks and social distancing are required. See this link for more information.
  • Athletic Fields – Athletic fields are open for individual use by the community. Organized use by Recreation and Parks sponsored or permitted programs will follow governor’s and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines pertaining to use of athletic fields. As always, fields will close for inclement weather. All users must obey field closed signs when on display.
  • Basketball Courts, Volleyball court and Skate Park – Facilities are open. Use at your own risk and follow governor’s and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines pertaining to face coverings and social distancing.
  • Playgrounds – Playgrounds in City parks are open. There is no special cleaning; visitors should use at their own risk and follow governor’s and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines pertaining to face coverings and social distancing.
  • Picnic Shelters – Picnic shelters are open and reservations are permitted; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to wearing masks and social distancing. Rentals for picnic shelters are not being accepted at this time.
  • Tennis Courts -- Open by reservation for City residents; visit to make a reservation and read the guidelines and restrictions.

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