Editor’s note: This list will be regularly updated with the newest information on closures.
In efforts to lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus, Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the Town of Vienna are canceling meetings and closing places.
All three local governments have updates on their websites with coronavirus information — Fairfax County rolled out its new coronavirus webpage today (March 16).
As of Sunday, March 15, the Virginia Department of Health says there are 10 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Fairfax County — a number that officials say is expected to grow.
All Fairfax County public schools are currently closed.
“If FCPS schools cannot reopen as scheduled on April 14, our plan is to begin distance learning either online, or by learning packets at that time,” according to a message from Superintendent Scott Brabrand. “Over the next two weeks, we will begin distance learning training for teachers and give teachers the opportunity to plan and prepare for distance instruction and reconnect with their students.”
Food distribution to students will continue throughout the closures.
Other closures and changes around the county include:
- indoor parks, community facilities and libraries: closed for two weeks starting Monday, March 16;
- senior and adult day health care centers: closed until further notice;
- most Fairfax County courts’ hearings and trials: canceled
- all Fairfax County Park Authority playgrounds, skate parks and restrooms: closed
- Town Hall and other offices/facilities will be open by appointment only through April 12
- Vienna General District Court: closed Monday, March 16
- The Freeman Store and Museum: closed through April 14
- the Bowman House: closed
- all Town of Vienna special events canceled from Monday, March 16, through April 12
— Town of Vienna, VA (@TownofViennaVA) March 20, 2020
#coronavirus updates 2/2: Register for parks and rec activities online. Email or call staff for help.
Rather than coming to Town Hall during this crisis, the Town strongly encourages residents and others to conduct business with the Town online whenever possible.
— Town of Vienna, VA (@TownofViennaVA) March 17, 2020
“Town of Vienna board and commission meetings have been canceled until April 13,” according to the town’s website. “The April 14 On Deck with Mercury event also has been canceled and Mayor’s Volunteer Reception moved to June 9.”
The town added that picnic shelter reservations will not be accepted right now.
- community center: closed from Monday, March 16, through April 12
- Mary Riley Styles Public Library: closed from Monday, March 16, through April 12
“The Community Center (223 Little Falls Street) and library host a large number of visitors every day, and closing the buildings could help reduce opportunities for public gatherings,” the city said in a press release.
People can drop off books at the library’s temporary location near the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School at 601 S. Oak Street.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Falls Church is suspending the weekly Farmers Market for this Saturday, March 21,” the city announced. “The city is awaiting further guidance from the Commonwealth regarding mass gatherings and food sources.”
All Virginia DMV customer service centers are closed from March 18-April 2 and driver and vehicle credentials have been extended 60 days.
McLean Community Center, which is home to the Alden Theatre, galleries for the McLean Project for the Arts, the Susan B. DuVal Art Studio and meeting rooms, is closed through April 12. The Old Firehouse Center is also closed.
“All classes, activities and performances are canceled, as are all scheduled facility rentals, community organization uses and the MCC Governing Board meeting and public hearing, which were scheduled for Wednesday, March 25,” according to MCC’s website.
Wolf Trap is postponing all of its performances, classes and events between March 13-31.
“We are working with the artists to reschedule their performances for future dates and will share that information as it becomes available,” according to Wolf Trap’s website. “All current tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performances.”
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