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July 1, 2020 3:21 PM

Coronavirus impacts on Town services

Virginia has entered Phase Three of Gov. Ralph Northam's Forward Virginia reopening plan. In Phase Three, it still is generally "safer at home," especially for vulnerable populations. Teleworking, strict social distancing in public places, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are still strongly encouraged. It also still is crucial for Virginians to wear masks in public places, wash hands frequently, and stay home if not feeling well.

Below are some highlights of Phase Three guidelines for businesses.
>Restaurants may open with occupancy limited and seating reconfigured to maintain six feet of separation between parties.
>Restaurants should continue takeout and delivery options as well as provide indoor/outdoor dining spaces.
>Brick and mortar retail businesses may reopen. As in all businesses, employees in customer-facing areas must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth.
>Fitness and exercise facilities may open indoor space to no more than 75% of the lowest permitted occupancy level. Instructors and all participants must maintain at least 10 feet of physical distance.
>Indoor and outdoor pools may open at up to 75% occupancy. Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must remain closed.
>Indoor/outdoor recreation facilities may open to the lesser of 50% of occupancy or 250 attendees (including participants and spectators). Sports played on a field must be limited to 250 persons/field. Ten feet of physical distance between instructors, participants, and spectators, is required.
>Entertainment and public amusement facilities such as concert venues, movie theaters, carnivals, and amusement parks may open to 50% of the lowest occupancy load or 1,000 patrons. All private bookings are limited to no more than 250 people. Ten feet of physical distance is required between performers, participants, and patrons.

Tentative Town of Vienna openings, closings, and adaptations
>Town Hall will open to the public on July 6. For now, Town Hall is open to citizens by appointment only. Citizens are still encouraged to limit unnecessary trips to Town Hall and to utilize online services when possible.
>The Community Center will open July 6 with strict social distancing, reduced occupancy, and enhanced cleanings.
>Community Center rentals will be 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 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, and thus some boards and commissions are not meeting. Occupancy of Council Chambers is limited.
>Vienna General District Court is in session at Town Hall Monday mornings.
>Community events through August have been canceled. Virtual programming is being offered this summer.
>No- and low-touch summer camps and classes will be offered beginning July 6 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 now allowed.
>The Teen Center, Bowman House, Freeman Store & Museum, and Town Green rentals remain closed.

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