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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
News and updates related to coronavirus impacts
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Updated 2 pm August 4, 2020

Throughout the coronavirus emergency, the Town of Vienna remains committed to providing residents with essential services - including police protection, water and sewer services, and sanitation, among others. However, the pandemic and efforts to limit spread of COVID-19 have required that the Town extend limitations to Town facilities, adopt modifications to how some services are provided, and cancel community events and many board and commission meetings.

Do your part in preventing spread of COVID-19
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Practice social distancing by staying six feet from others and limiting social gatherings.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when in public places.
  • Stay home if you don't feel well.

Town of Vienna openings, closings, and adaptations 
  • 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.
  • Community events through October 3 have been canceled. Virtual programming is being offered this summer.
  • The Community Center is open with adjusted hours with strict social distancing, reduced occupancy, and enhanced cleanings. See the Parks and Recreation Department's 2020 Reopening guide.
  • 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. (The community center will be closed August 29-September 7 for annual maintenance.)
  • 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 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.
  • No- and low-touch summer camps and 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.

Virginia is in Phase Three
On July 1, Virginia 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 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.

Summertime events go virtual
Friday evening concerts and programming for kids are coming to the screen this summer. Due to precautions taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Town of Vienna’s Summer on the Green concerts will be performed on Facebook Live through August 14. Watch live at 6:30 Friday evenings to make song requests and dedications, enjoy trivia and virtual bingo, and win prizes! If you happen to miss the live shows, you can watch later on Facebook or on YouTube at TownofViennaVA.

Gather together (following social-distancing guidelines set out by CDC), set up a picnic, light up the grill, and enjoy these concerts on a projector, computer, or tablet in your backyard!

2020 Concerts on the Green Live Stream Schedule
July 10 The Sarah Bennett Swanner Band
July 17 Richard Walton Group
July 24 Karl Stoll and the Danger Zone
July 31 US Army Band: Swamp Romp
Aug. 7 Big Bad JuJu
Aug. 14 The Hot Lanes Trio with Bobby Jasinski

Enjoy the Town of Vienna’s third annual series of free, interactive kids programs, presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Vienna and other sponsors. All Kids on the Green programs will be presented via Facebook Live this year. If you miss the live stream, watch the shows later on Facebook or on YouTube. Performances will be held at 10 am Tuesdays July 7-August 18.

2020 Kids on the Green Live Stream Schedule
July 7 Wildlife Ambassadors - live animal show
July 14 Marsha and the Positrons - kindie rock
July 21 The Great Zucchini - magic (sponsored by Green Hedges School)
July 28 Groovy Nate - songs and stories
Aug. 4 Beech Tree Puppets
Aug. 11 Lorenzo the Great - magic
Aug. 18 Mr. Jon - music for kids and families

In addition, in partnership with Historic Vienna, Inc., the Town is offering Stories & Sprinklers virtually at 1 pm Wednesdays in July. 

Face coverings required when in public establishments
Beginning May 29, Virginia residents are required to wear face coverings when in public establishments and on public transportation. In announcing this mandate, Gov. Ralph Northam noted that research increasingly indicates that the coronavirus spreads less easily when everyone is wearing a face covering. Exceptions to wearing face coverings in public include people exercising, children under 10, people with health conditions, and while eating at a restaurant.

Everyday actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19: Additional tips
  • If you are feeling ill, do not leave your home except to seek medical treatment.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer– for at least two rounds of “Happy Birthday.” Soap and water is better than hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing and remain at least six feet from others.
  • Wear a cloth mask when in public.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough. If possible, cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw away the tissue. Otherwise, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning spray and wipes.
  • Practice other good health habits related to sleep, physical activity, and managing stress.
CDC: Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Safety Health Tips

Town of Vienna

Virtual Vienna
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Virtual Vienna Community Center through which several classes and programs are available via video and links to a variety of activities for kids, mature adults, and teens are provided.

Town gives $1 million to county grant program for Vienna businesses
The Town of Vienna has provided $1 million in CARES Act funding to Fairfax County’s RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) grant program specifically to support Vienna businesses. More than 300 Town of Vienna businesses applied for a grant, and 116 were invited to the second phase. Approximately $1.6 million of the $26 million total in RISE grant funds is being directed to Vienna businesses. The Fairfax County Board of supervisors has approved another $20 million for the program to assist businesses that have already applied.

Town Council adopts relief measures
At its June 1 meeting, Town Council adopted a temporary emergency ordinance that allows businesses to utilize outdoor spaces for commercial activity. Find more information and a link to the permit application here. At its June 15 meeting, Council readopted the emergency ordinance to extend temporary outdoor commercial activity through the end of September. 

At its April 13 meeting, Town Council adopted two resolutions to aid residents and businesses:
  • Council extended the due date for first installment of Town of Vienna real estate taxes by one month. The initial 2020 real estate tax installment is now due August 28.
  • Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance to temporarily amend the Town's meal tax provision.  The changes, in effect for 60 days, suspended penalty and interest fees for late payments and increased the on-time payment discount from 3% to 10%. The ordinance was in effect April 14-June 13 and applied to meals tax payments for April and May.

Town temporarily waives temporary sign permit fees, application
Throughout the duration of Fairfax County's emergency declaration related to the coronavirus, banners and other temporary signage in the Town of Vienna will be considered exempt. No fees or applications are required for use of these temporary signs during this time. See more information about code requirements. 

Links for conducting business with the Town online
  • Pay water bills and other Town fees online at viennava.gov/onlinepayments or mail payment to 127 Center Street S or drop your payment in the drop box on the Town Hall front door. For water and sewer billing customer service, call 703-255-6385
  • For questions about real estate taxes, call 703-255-6325.
  • Apply for zoning permits (driveways, fences, patios) online. 
  • Register for summer camps and classes online. Call 703-255-6360 with any questions.

Police responses
To reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus, the Vienna Police Department is:
  • taking reports for minor and nonviolent crimes via telephone
  • suspending low-priority services such as ride-alongs, VIN verification, and child safety seat installations

These modifications do not apply to crimes in progress or when there is a need to collect evidence. Residents who wish to have an officer respond in person may request so. See the press release about operation modifications in response to COVID-19.

Water and sewer billing, other utilities
If you are having 
difficulty paying your Town of Vienna water and sewer bill, contact  to establish a payment agreement.

Dominion Energy has announced that it will not shut off power for nonpayment. On its website, Dominion says: "We have suspended all service disconnections as individuals, families, businesses, and communities pull together to meet our collective needs."

Assistance for businesses
The Town of Vienna has created a business resources webpage that includes information about federal loans, government and private assistance programs, and webinars.

Where to find more information
The Town of Vienna is providing updated information via this page as well as its social media channels - @TownofViennaVA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. A periodic digital newsletter related to the emergency is being sent to Vienna Happenings and Town Business Matters subscribers. You can sign up here. Additional information is being broadcast on TVCN, channel 27 on Cox and channel 38 on Verizon Fios. TVCN programming can also be live-streamed via the Town website.

Fairfax County is providing information and updates at: 

  • fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus
  • 703-267-3511 
  • Facebook: Fairfax County Health Department 
  • Twitter: @fairfaxhealth 
  • Text updates: FFXCOVID to 88877
  • Board Chairman Jeffrey McKay sends out a digital newsletter with county updates and resources. Sign up here.

Fairfax County Public Schools information and updates. Also see information for families who rely on free and reduce-priced school meals. The Vienna site is Cunningham Park Elementary at 1001 Park Street.

National and local health agencies can provide the most complete and up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus: 

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary
• CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the U.S.
• Fairfax County Health Department
• Virginia Department of Health
• CDC – Information for Travel
• CDC – Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

A reminder - keep wipes out of the pipes
We're all using more sanitizing wipes these days. Please be sure to dispose of them in the trash, not down the toilet - even if they say they're flushable. The wipes can clog toilets and drains and contribute to sewer backups. Don't believe us? Watch this.

Town of Vienna Coronavirus Digital Newsletters

August 4 Newsletter
July 1 Newsletter
June 23 Newsletter
June 11 Newsletter
June 3 Newsletter
May 28 Newsletter
May 21 Newsletter
May 18 Newsletter
May 12 Newsletter
May 5 Newsletter
April 27 Newsletter
April 23 Newsletter
April 16 Newsletter
April 10 Newsletter
April 7 Newsletter
April 1 Newsletter
March 27 Newsletter
March 24 Newsletter