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November 4, 2020 10:36 AM

Coronavirus impacts on Town services


In an effort to slow the growing spread of coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam has issued new statewide restrictions that become effective at midnight November 16.

>All public and private in-person gatherings, whether outdoors or indoors, must be limited to 25 individuals. This limit does not affect schools, churches, or capacity at businesses and offices.
>All Virginians aged 5 and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the mask mandate, which had previously required all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
>All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. Violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
>Onsite sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is 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. Individuals who choose to consume alcohol prior to 10 pm must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

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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