The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the state order and City ordinance require everyone to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places, with limited exceptions. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you.
Impact of Restrictions on Restaurants and Businesses
The new statewide mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 are now in effect and will impact restaurant and fitness center operations, but will have limited impact on other businesses.
• In restaurants, on-site sale and consumption of alcohol must end at 10 p.m., and the restaurants must close by midnight. Parties of more than 25 may not be seated or served, and customers must be served at tables 6 feet apart (and not at bar seating). Masks must be worn at all times when not drinking or eating. Delivery and take-out services may continue to serve alcohol after 10 p.m. as permitted by existing regulations by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.
• Fitness and exercise facilities must reduce their occupancy of indoor and outdoor activity to 75% of the normal occupancy limit, not to exceed 25 persons, including instructors and participants. All other existing guidance in section A, number 5 of Executive Order 67 remains required.
• All other businesses must follow the Guidance for All Business Sectors of Executive Order 67.
• While the social gathering limit of 25 does not apply to individuals performing functions of their employment, assembled in an educational instructional setting, or participating in religious services, everyone must still observe applicable mask and distancing requirements.
The City strongly urges all businesses to follow these new measures, implement measures to help patrons maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others outside their household, and encourage everyone age 5 or older to wear masks in all public settings, as required by the City ordinance.
AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 13 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask in public, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently wash your hands and carry and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.