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Posted on: March 18, 2020

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Joint Statement from Mayor Tarter and Other Chief Elected Officials in Virginia, Maryland: Stay Home (Tuesday, March 31)

Mayor David Tarter joined 20 other chief local elected officials of Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland to release a joint statement on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read the full statement here.)

 As the chief elected officials of 21 local governments in the National Capital Region, we are joining in one voice to implore each of the more than five and a half million individuals in our region to stay home unless you are performing an essential activity as permitted by authorities. This is the most important thing each of us can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the threat to our most vulnerable neighbors, including older individuals and those with chronic health conditions.
“The COVID-19 virus ignores jurisdictional boundaries, political viewpoints, and socioeconomic differences. We must be united as one region while we each do our part to protect ourselves and each other. Staying home, practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings, washing hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces regularly, and staying away from others when sick are simple but vitally important ways to keep each other safe. Please join us in this most critical fight.”


Governor Northam’s Mandatory Order: STAY HOME (Monday, March 30)

Governor Northam ordered all Virginians to STAY HOME. “To date, this has been a suggestion to Virginians,” said Governor Northam. “Today it’s an order.” Read the full order here and the Frequently Asked Questions here.

This order is critical to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases continue to climb across the state with 225 confirmed cases in the Fairfax County Health District. Social distancing is the most effective method to limit the disease’s transmission.  The governor’s action, which currently remains in effect until June 10, means that residents should stay in homes with only a few exceptions for essential activities, including: 

  • Getting groceries or medicines. 
  • Caring for a sick family member or friend. 
  • Getting medical care for yourself .
  • Going outside for exercise for yourself or pets (although not in groups larger than 10 people). 
  • Getting essential social or government services.
  • Traveling to and from work or place of worship. 
  • Do not go out unless you need to go out.

Read the Executive Order Fifty-Five news release or the Executive Order Fifty-Three frequently asked questions here.

Community Spread in Northern Virginia; City and Public Health Officials Urge Vigilant Social Distancing (Thursday, March 19)

Community transmission, or "community spread," is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a "spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown." (News release.)

Video: City of Falls Church Virtual Town Hall Meeting (Monday, March 23)

  • Click here for the full video via YouTube
  • Click here for the full video (then click on "Agenda" to access skip-ahead bookmarks)
  • Click here to skip ahead to the presentation by the Fairfax County Health Department
  • Click here to skip ahead to the Question & Answer session

Message from Mayor Tarter and the City’s Local Emergency Declaration

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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