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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: January 25, 2020

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Vaccine Appointments

  • Who Can Register for the Vaccine Now?
  • How Those Groups Can Register
    • If you are police, fire, hazmat, corrections and homeless shelter workers, or childcare/K-12 teachers/staff, check with your employer about getting the vaccine.
    • The other groups:
      • Register for an appointment online and a health department representative will call or email to schedule the appointment.
      • If you do not have access to the internet or speak English as a second language, you can register for your appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please note there is a very high call volume, and the online registration is preferred.
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Virginia Phase Three: Measures and Restrictions to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Find more details on the governor's website, www.virginia.gov/coronavirus. Also, Phase Three Guidelines (English) and Phase Three Guidelines (Spanish).

  • At Home Midnight to 5am: Residents should be at home between midnight and 5 a.m.
  • Universal Mask Wearing: 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.”
  • Social Gatherings Limited to 10 People: Both public and private social gatherings must be limited to 10 people, down from the current cap of 25. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This limit does not apply to religious services.
  • Restaurants: Continues the existing limits on restaurants, breweries and other dining establishments, including stopping alcohol sales at 10 p.m. closing at midnight, operate at 50% capacity, and all restaurant employees—whether they work in the kitchen or serve diners—must wear masks.
  • Essential Retail Businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • Sports Spectators: Limited to 25 people for recreational sports played indoors and there is a limit of two guests per player for outdoor sports.

Phase Three: City Government Programs and Services

Open

  • 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.
  • 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, but users must stay 10 feet apart.
  • Playgrounds – Playgrounds in City parks are open. There is no special cleaning; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to wearing masks and social distancing.
  • Picnic Shelters – Picnic shelters are open; 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 www.fallschurchva.gov/Tennis to make a reservation and read the guidelines and restrictions.

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