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City of Falls Church COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: May 22, 2020

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  • City of Falls Church
    55 total cases, including 11 hospitalized and 8 deaths; 372.3 cases per 100,000 people
    (Compared to yesterday: no change)
     
  • Fairfax Health District (includes the City of Falls Church, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, and towns within the county)
    11,548 total cases, including 1,377 hospitalized and 405 deaths, 992.9 cases per 100,000 people
    (Compared to yesterday: 207 more cases, 47 more hospitalization, 8 more deaths)

  • Data and analytics: Fairfax Health Department and Virginia Department of Health

NEW: Tennis Courts Open to City Residents with Reservations (posted May 29)

Tennis courts reopen by reservations for City residents only, and with restrictions. The City is not disinfecting the tennis courts. All other park facilities (playgrounds, basketball courts, skate park, pavillions, etc.) remain closed. 

Stay Safe So Tennis Courts Can Stay Open! The following rules and regulations apply: 

  • Courts are open for use by City of Falls Church residents by reservation only. 
  • Residents can reserve a court up to 48 hours in advance, either online via Webtrac or by calling 703-248-5027 (TTY 711) on weekdays. 
  • Doubles play is permitted with members of the same household only. Single play is required for all other users
  • Tennis courts, nets, fences, benches, brooms, etc., are not being disinfected. Minimize any unnecessary touching of court surfaces.
  • More at www.fallschurchva.gov/Tennis

Governor Northam Requires Masks in Public Places as of Friday, May 29 

We will release details once we have them, but residents and businesses should prepare to use masks when in public buildings as of Friday, May 29.

City and Northern Virginia to Reopen for Phase One Starting Friday, May 29

Governor Northam’s requirements and best practices for businesses reopening in Phase One are on this website. The Economic Development Office’s website, www.choosefallschurch.org/PhaseOne, has details for businesses that would like to use tents and outdoor areas.

Phase One Guidelines Include:

  • Retail: Open with 50 percent capacity
  • Restaurants: Take-out and delivery only; if they have outdoor seating, it can only be used at 50% capacity
  • Places of Worship: Open with 50% capacity
  • Personal Grooming: By appointment only; social distancing and face coverings required
  • Private Campgrounds: Open
  • Child Care: Open for working families
  • Overnight Summer Camps: Closed
  • "Stay at Home" becomes "Safer at Home": Residents are still encouraged to stay home
  • NEW: Masks or face coverings required in public places, per Governor Northam. More details to come.

City businesses are encouraged to subscribe to email updates from the City’s Economic Development Office, which will share the guidelines as well as information from the Fire Official, Zoning Department, Fairfax Health Department, and more.

Revised Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget (posted April 27)

The revised City budget was presented to City Council and can be downloaded here. The revised budget takes into account the ongoing pandemic. The budget meeting schedule is as follows; all meetings can be viewed on www.fallschurchva.gov/CouncilMeetings and at 7:30 p.m. on FCCTV (Cox channel 11, RCN channel 2, Verizon channel 35).

  • Monday, May 11: Public Hearing on Budget and Tax Rates
  • Monday, May 18: Budget Work Session
  • Tuesday, May 26:  Public Hearing, Second reading, and Final Consideration of Budget and Tax Rates; First Reading of Proposed CIP Ordinance
  • Monday, June 22: Second Reading and Final Consideration of CIP

Confirmed Cases in the City: What Does it Mean? (April 20)

Until recently, only the total number of COVID-19 cases for our health district were reported by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). VDH recently split out the health district on their website and now lists the confirmed cases and deaths in the City of Falls Church.

As of April 20, there were 24 cases and 1 death. Does this mean there are truly only 24 cases in the City limits? Not likely. VDH’s data reflects what has been reported  by healthcare providers and laboratories. This does not include people who were not tested, and since testing is still limited, there are likely many more cases in the City.

Governor Northam and other experts declared that the stay-at-home order, social distancing, and wearing masks are working. Virginia has not yet faced the expected surge in cases -- it is still to come. Please continue to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Extended Tax Payment Deadlines, Temporary Zoning Regulations (April 13)

Certain Tax Payment Due Dates Extended: To help alleviate the financial pressures facing businesses, the City Council passed an emergency ordinance that extends certain tax payment deadlines:.

Temporary Zoning Regulations: To help businesses and support the public’s access to food and retail services during this pandemic, the City Manager can do the following:

  • Allow Certain Temporary Signage without a Permit: Businesses can use temporary signs and banners that promote a drive-up, carryout-style of food and beverage without a permit, provided that no vision or safety obstructions are created. See requirements here.
  • Allow Certain Business to be Conducted Outside: Businesses can take and deliver food and beverage orders from the immediate vicinity of the business entrance or within its parking lot. See requirements here.
  • Allow Temporary Conversion of Parking Spaces for Certain Uses: Businesses can convert their assigned parking spaces to use for ease of carry-out. In the future, should the Governor’s Orders allow, parking spaces could potentially be used for tents and outdoor seating. (See Governor Northam’s Current Executive Order FAQs.)

Message from Mayor Tarter and the City’s Local Emergency Declaration (March 17)

The Falls Church City Council has declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The declaration is effective as of 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16. This activates the City Emergency Operations Plan and authorizes the provision of aid and assistance as prescribed by State law and City Code and the ordinances, resolutions and approved plans of the City of Falls Church, in order to mitigate the City’s response to the pandemic. This emergency declaration shall remain effective until rescinded by a separate action.

Mayor David Tarter released a video addressing the residents and businesses of the City of Falls Church. He asks that residents support one another, although from afar. "We understand that this situation presents significant difficulties for our community," Mayor David Tarter said. "All of us will face challenges. The Little City must pull together for the health and future of all our treasured residents and businesses." Read the full Local Emergency Declaration News Release here


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