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December 11, 2020 5:24 PM

Coronavirus impacts on Town services


With daily covid-19 case numbers the highest they've been since the pandemic began, Gov. Ralph Northam has announced temporary new measures to slow the spread of the virus.

The following measures are effective at 12:01 am December 14.

Modified stay-at-home order All residents should stay home between 12 and 5 am. There are exceptions, including traveling for work and seeking medical attention or certain food items. Those who can work from home are encouraged to do so.

Expanded mask mandate All Virginians aged 5 and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with individuals outside their household and outdoors when six feet of physical space cannot be maintained. The changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines that recommend universal face coverings.

Reduction in social gatherings The limit on all social gatherings was reduce from 25 to 10. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, and other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This restriction does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings; restaurants and retail stores are governed by strict social-distancing requirements and are not included in this limit.

Onsite alcohol curfew Onsite sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol continues to be prohibited after 10 pm in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room - all of which must close by midnight.

Town Hall is open to the public, however citizens are encouraged to limit unnecessary trips to Town Hall and to utilize online services when possible.
>Most community events through the end of the year have been canceled or modified.
>Through January 3, the community center's operating hours are 8 am-9 pm Monday-Friday and 8 am-6 pm Saturday; the center is closed Sunday. The center is closed from 12-1 pm daily for cleaning.
>Community Center rentals are limited to room occupancy calculations taking into consideration social distancing and the governor's requirements.
>The Town continues to operate under the continuity of governance ordinance that originally was passed March 31, which means that virtual attendance at meetings by Council and board members is permitted, and citizens are encouraged to attend and participate virtually. Only items that are necessary for continuity of governance are included on agendas. Occupancy of Council Chambers is limited.
>Vienna General District Court is in session at Town Hall Monday mornings.
>No- and low-touch classes are being offered with reduced class occupancy.
>Playgrounds, restrooms at parks, the Community Garden, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, and Vienna Dog Park are open. Field permits and picnic pavilion rentals are allowed.
The Teen Center, Bowman House, Freeman Store & Museum, and Town Green rentals remain closed.

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