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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: April 23, 2021

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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 23, the Governor's Executive Order 72 includes:

  • Executive order changes taking effect immediately:
    • Entertainment venues: Bar service can resume as long as groups maintain 6 feet of distance between them. Distancing requirements for entertainment and public amusement venues, swimming pool seating, graduations, and recreational sporting events changed from ten feet for spectators to six feet. Musicians are allowed to remove their masks when playing brass and wind instruments and the prohibition on karaoke has been lifted.
    • Recreational sporting events: The maximum size of starting groups in outdoor races and marathons increased from 50 up to no more than 100.
    • Educational settings: Guidance for school performances has been defined as capacity of 30% or no more than 500 indoors or 1,000 outdoors. Groups of students, teachers, administrators or other school staff can gather for educational instruction. Other school gatherings, like club meetings and dances, are still required to follow social gathering restrictions.
    • Personal care and leisure: The requirement for personal care and personal grooming studios to maintain appointment logs and contact information has been removed, along with the prohibition on splash pads, hot tubs, saunas, etc.
  • Changes taking effect May 15:

    • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
    • Entertainment venues: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50% capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30% capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50% capacity, up from 30%, with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
    • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50% capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less.
    • Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5 a.m.
  • 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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