Morning Notes

Workers take Christmas lights off a tree in the Mosaic District (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Inova Revives Face Mask Requirements — “Effective Jan. 4, Inova is requiring that all patients, visitors and staff at emergency departments, emergency care centers and Inova-GoHealth Urgent Care centers wear masks to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.” As of Dec. 29, Virginia was “experiencing a ‘very high’ level of respiratory illness activity — including from COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus.” [On the MoVe]

Leader of Fairfax-Based NRA Steps Down — “The longtime head of the National Rifle Association said Friday he is resigning, just days before the start of a civil trial over allegations he treated himself to millions of dollars in private jet flights, yacht trips, African safaris and other extravagant perks at the powerful gun rights organization’s expense.” [Associated Press/WTOP]

Pedestrian in Springfield Crash Still Hospitalized — ” A mother of two just trying to make it home after work was hit by a car as she tried to cross the street steps away from her home…63-year-old Mary Wong, remains in the hospital more than a week after being put in a coma by a hit-and-run driver on the night of December 27.” [WJLA]

County Seeks to Expand Affordable Rental Housing Program — “The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) seeks to expand the number of rental properties available to local participants of the Housing Choice Voucher program.” The authority will hold a free information session for property owners on Jan. 17 to encourage them to join the program. [FCRHA]

Halal Gyro Restaurant Opens in Reston — “Shah’s Halal Food has taken a spot in the North Point Village Center shopping plaza…The menu at Shah’s includes rice platters served with chicken, lamb, falafel, and other options. There are also gyros, sandwiches, as well as sides such as fries, wings, and hummus with pita chips.” [The Burn]

Reston Man Charged With DWI in Vienna — “A motorist who was traveling westbound in the 600 block of John Marshall Drive, N.W., on Dec. 31 at 5:09 p.m. disregarded the stop sign at Lawyers Road and struck a stone wall, Vienna police said…Police transported the 52-year-old Reston man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.” [Gazette Leader]

Fairfax City Police Add “Cruise Mode” Lights — “Patrol vehicles in Fairfax, Virginia, now have what are being called ‘cruise mode lights.’ ‘These low-intensity, steady burning lights are designed to enhance the presence of police vehicles, especially during evening hours or in low-light situations,’ the City of Fairfax Police Department said in a news release.” [WTOP]

Oakton HS Hires New Basketball Coach — “His climb to the top from an assistant to a head high-school football coach went fairly fast for Brian Slay — about six seasons. Slay, 32, has been hired as the new head coach of the Oakton Cougars. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the McLean Highlanders” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Monday — Expect a sunny day with highs near 45, and a northwest wind at 5 to 9 mph that will become a light westerly breeze in the afternoon. Clouds will increase during the night, with lows around 32 and calm winds blowing southeast at about 6 mph after midnight. [Weather.gov]

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