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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Town Hall, other facilities closed to public through April 12
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Updated @ 2:42 pm March 27, 2020

As our community continues efforts to mitigate spread of the coronavirus, the Town of Vienna remains committed to providing essential services, 

Coronavirus is 'community spread' in Fairfax County Health District

While the Town of Vienna has not been officially notified about COVID-19 cases in the community, Fairfax County Health Department officials have told the Town to expect that there are confirmed cases in the Vienna community. The coronavirus is being spread through "community spread" or person-to-person interactions in the Northern Virginia region. The acknowledgement that cases exist in Vienna is not unexpected.

Due to an increase in testing and positive test results for COVID-19 in Fairfax County, the county health department is no longer able to provide case summaries for each new case. The county will continue to update total cases for the health district, which includes the Town of Vienna, on a daily basis and provide additional information on case investigations that identify significant community exposures.

Governor issues executive order outlining additional temporary restrictions
Gov. Ralph Northam has issued an executive order that places temporary restrictions on restaurants, recreation and entertainment, gatherings, and non-essential businesses for a 30-day period beginning at 11:59 pm March 24. He also closed public schools throughout the Commonwealth for the remainder of the school year.
  • Public and private gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited.
  • Dining areas in restaurants, etc. are closed. Delivery and take-out services may continue.
  • Recreational and entertainment businesses - including theaters, gyms, beauty salons, racetracks, bowling alleys, and more - are closed.
  • Essential retail businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, automotive facilities, hardware, pet and feed stores, etc. may remain open during normal business hours.
  • Other non-essential, brick-and-mortar businesses may remain open, but must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons.
See the full executive order.

Town closings and cancellations
Additional closings and cancellations are likely, especially in light of the governor's March 23 executive order. The Town is monitoring developments before announcing further cancellations beyond April 12.

Town Hall and all other Town offices/facilities will be open to the public by appointment only through April 12. The Town government continues to operate and provide essential and other services; however, we ask that residents conduct business with the Town online or via telephone whenever possible.

As we all deal with the coronavirus's impact on our daily lives, please consider these tips for interacting and doing business with the Town:
  • If you are feeling ill, please do not make an appointment to come to Town Hall or other Town facilities. Please stay at home.
  • Pay your water bill and other Town fees online at or mail payment to 127 Center Street S or drop your payment in the dropbox 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 spring classes and summer camps online. Call 703-255-6360 with any questions.

Town of Vienna board and commission meetings have been canceled until April 13. The April 14 On Deck with Mercury event also has been canceled and Mayor's Volunteer Reception moved to June 9. Additional cancellations may be required beyond April 13; the Town will make that determination at a later date.

All Town of Vienna special events as well as programming, rentals, open gym and drop-in activities, classes, spring break camps, and teen center activities are canceled through Sunday, April 12. The community center is closed to the public through April 12; community center staff continue to work in the building and are available by phone or email. 

In addition:

  • For public safety, Town playgrounds and courts, as well as the Vienna Dog Park, are closed. Parks remain open except that field permits have been canceled through April 12. Please remember to practice social distancing while at parks.
  • Vienna General District Court is postponed through April 17.
  • No picnic shelter reservations will be accepted during this time.
  • The Bowman House is closed.
  • The Freeman Store and Museum is closed through April 14.
  • Park bathrooms are closed.

Fairfax County updates
The Board of Supervisors has extended deadlines for personal property and real estate taxes. The deadline for personal property taxes for individuals and businesses was extended to June 1. The deadline to pay the first half of real estate taxes was extended to August 28.

Beginning 5 pm Friday, March 27, all Fairfax County government buildings and facilities will close to the public until further notice. The county government remains open for business online, via phone, and by mail. Additional information.

Fairfax County Park Authority parks and amenities are closed to the public until further notice. Town parks and the W&OD trail remain open - please be sure to maintain a distance of six feet from others. Town playgrounds and playing courts are closed.

Board Chairman Jeffrey McKay sends out a digital newsletter with county updates and resources. Sign up here.

Other modifications to Town of Vienna services
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.

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 office respond in person may request so. See the press release about operation modifications in response to COVID-19.

Water and sewer billing, other utilities
In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered that all public utilities suspend disconnection of any services for 60 days. 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 has put together a list of resources for businesses. Visit

Customer service remains a priority
The Town of Vienna remains committed to providing high-quality services to residents. When possible, we encourage residents during this uncertain time to conduct business with the Town online. Whatever the future brings, the Town is committed to maintaining essential services. 

Be sure to check this page for updates and on the Town’s social media channels. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all work together to ensure the health and safety of our community and Town of Vienna employees. 

Have additional questions? Give us a call at 703-255-6300.

Everyday preventative actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • 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

Find more information
Fairfax County is providing information and updates at:
• 703-267-3511
• Facebook: Fairfax County Health Department
• Twitter: @fairfaxhealth
• Text updates: FFXCOVID to 888777

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 sanitizer 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.