The Governor of Virginia has announced Forward Virginia Guidelines as the Commonwealth continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Northern Virginia moves into Phase Three of the guidelines on July 1, 2020 many businesses and places of interest in Fairfax County will be implementing new standards of service in accordance with the guidelines.
Detailed information can be found regarding Forward Virginia Guidelines on the official Commonwealth of Virginia website, including general guidelines and best practices for all types of businesses, as well as additional resources related to COVID-19. Visit the Forward Virginia Website.
***Please reach out to individual businesses directly or visit their website and social media feeds for the latest information regarding operating status.
Always continue to follow proper social distancing guidelines and use face coverings when in public spaces. If you feel sick or are showing any symptoms of being sick, stay home.
All patrons aged 10 and over shall wear face coverings over their mouth and nose when entering, exiting, traveling through, or spending time inside buildings. Individuals who have trouble breathing or have medical conditions that prohibit wearing a mask or face covering will not be required to do so. These individuals will not be required to prove or explain medical conditions. ***
Phase Three: The new guidelines end the cap on the number of customers allowed inside non-essential retail stores, restaurants and bars. Previously, these businesses were limited to 50% capacity under Phase Two. These establishments must continue to follow physical distancing requirements such as keeping tables six feet apart. Please note that bar seating will remain prohibited in restaurants to reduce the likelihood of patrons gathering there.
Businesses Impacted: Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, food trucks, wineries, tasting rooms
Fairfax County Resources: Wineries | Breweries | Fairfax County Take Out Trail | Outdoor Dining
Phase Three: New protocols and procedures are being put in place at our parks, trails, and outdoor recreation areas throughout Fairfax County to comply with proper social distancing guidelines. Parking lots are open but most facilities (bathrooms, visitor centers, etc.) remain closed.
Businesses Impacted: National Parks, State Parks, Regional Parks, Fairfax County Parks, Trails
Fairfax County Resources: Hiking | Parks and Outdoor Rec
Phase Three: Farmers markets should continue to offer pre-scheduled ordering and pickup options. On-site shopping is allowed as long as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to and there should be a minimum of 6 feet between parties at tables.
Fairfax County Resources: Fairfax County Farmers Market Schedule
Phase Three: Retail businesses may reopen and assist customers in keeping at least 6 feet of space between individuals.
Businesses Impacted: Shopping Centers and local retailers
Fairfax County Resources: Shopping In Fairfax County
Phase Three: Gyms, recreation centers and sports centers may open indoor areas at 75% of their lowest allowed occupancy. Customers must be screened for COVID–19 symptoms before allowed inside, including whether they have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. Fitness equipment must be spaced 10 feet apart, and similarly, personal trainers or instructors and exercise class participants must stay 10 feet apart from each other. Indoor and outdoor pools may reopen at 75% capacity, and pools are open for free swim, instruction and exercise classes. Swimmers must be screened for coronavirus symptoms before entering. Swimmers and divers must stay 10 feet apart.
Businesses Impacted: Waterparks, County RecCenters, gyms, indoor sports facilities
Phase Three: Beauty salons, barbers, spas, massage centers, tanning salons and tattoo shops may reopen at their normal capacity — but customers still must make appointments to come in. Both customers and employees are required to wear face coverings.
Businesses Impacted: Salons, barbershops, spas, massage centers, tanning salons, tattoo shops, other locations where personal care or grooming services are performed.
Phase Three: Entertainment and amusement venues, such as movie theaters, concert venues, bowling alleys, arcades, amusement parks, museums, botanical gardens and zoos, may reopen at 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people. Performers and audience members must stay 10 feet away from each other, and cars must be parked six feet from each other at drive-ins. There will be additional requirements and guidelines based on the specific type of business.
Businesses Impacted: Outdoor performing arts venues, outdoor concert venues, outdoor movie theaters, drive-in entertainment, outdoor sports venues, museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, walking tours, public & private social clubs
Fairfax County Resources: Attractions | Calendar of Events | Calendar of Virtual Events | Gardens |
Phase Three: Private campgrounds may reopen but all lots rented for short term stays must provide a minimum of at least 20 feet between units. There should be no gatherings of greater than 250 people in one location.
Businesses Impacted: Park campgrounds
Fairfax County Resources: Camping
Phase Three: Indoor and outdoor recreational sports are limited to 250 people or 50% capacity whichever is less. No more than 250 players and attendees are permitted per field at a time, and a 10-foot distance is required between players, spectators and sports officials where possible. Players, coaches and officials must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering a facility.
Businesses Impacted: Indoor & outdoor recreational sports activities
Fairfax County Resources: Golf
Phase Three: Entertainment and amusement venues, such as movie theaters, concert venues, bowling alleys, arcades, amusement parks, museums, botanical gardens and zoos, may reopen at 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people. Performers and audience members must stay 10 feet away from each other, and cars must be parked six feet from each other at drive-ins.
Businesses Impacted: Indoor theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, indoor entertainment centers, bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, trampoline parks, escape rooms, indoor public amusement facilities