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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Phase Three of the Reopening Plan

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What Residents Should Know through Any Phase

  • Safer at Home -- Everyone is safer at home. If you choose to go out, follow the guidelines below.
  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering -- Since May 29, wearing a mask or face covering is required in public indoor places, and recommended for any time you leave your home. Find details here.
  • Social Distance -- It is very important to stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not in your household.
  • Wash Your Hands -- Washing your hands and not touching your face are key ways to stay healthy.
  • Pay Attention to Signage -- Businesses may post signage about guidelines for masks, waiting and seating areas, check-out lines, and more.
  • Telework When Possible -- You are Safer At Home, so telework if your job permits.

Phase Three (Current Phase)

Governor Northam announced that Phase Three will start on Wednesday, July 1. Please remember you are Safer At Home, and there is risk every time you leave your home.

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General Guidelines for Phase Three

  • You will still be "Safer at Home," especially if you are vulnerable; stay home whenever possible.
  • Telework or working remotely will be strongly encouraged.
  • Practice strict social distancing when you are outside of your home.
  • Wear a face covering whenever you are outside of your home. Face coverings will still be required while inside public buildings.
  • Social gatherings will be able to have up to 250 people (up from 50 in Phase Two).

Business-Specific Guidelines for Phase Three

  • Non-essential retail businesses will no longer have to restrict the number of people in their stores, but social distancing and face coverings will still be required
  • Restaurants will no longer have to restrict the number of people in their restaurant, but social distancing and face coverings will still be required.
  • Entertainment establishments like museums and zoos may open at 50% capacity, but they will be capped at 1,000 people.
  • Gyms may open at 75% capacity or 250 people, with 10 foot social distancing requirements.
  • Salons and barbershops will continue as in Phase Two.
  • Overnight summer camps will still closed.
  • Recreational sports attendees (including both participants and spectators) cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 250 persons; For sports played on a field, attendees are limited to 250 persons per field.
  • Pools will be able to open at 75% capacity, with 10 foot social distancing requirements.
    • Related: Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must remain closed. 
  • Entertainment and fun -- performing arts venues, concert venues, movie theaters, drive-in entertainment, sports venues, botanical gardens, zoos, fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, museums, aquariums, bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, carnivals, arts and craft facilities, escape rooms, trampoline parks, public and private social clubs, and all other entertainment centers and places of public amusement: open with occupancy at 50% of the lowest occupancy or 1000 patrons; 10 foot social distancing requirements.

Phase Three for City Government Programs and Services

  • Mary Riley Styles Public Library
  • Recreation and Parks
    • Parks: Open with social distancing
    • Tennis Courts: Open for reservations by City residents
    • Playgrounds: Open; no special cleaning or disinfecting, so visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
    • Basketball Courts, Volleyball Court and Skate Park: Open; users must stay 10 feet apart.
    • Athletic Fields: Open; fields will open for individual use by the community. All users must obey field closed signs when on display.
    • Picnic Shelters: Open; visitors should use at their own risk and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Rentals for picnic shelters are not being accepted at this time.
    • Community Center: Closed to the public
  • City Hall
    • City services online, by phone, by email, or by appointment; online payment for real estate taxes, personal property taxes, parking tickets, yard waste stickers, dog licenses, permits, business license, and meals taxes
    • City Hall Open for Limited Services for Neighbors in Need (Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, Permits open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those without computers and reliable internet at home).



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