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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
News and updates related to coronavirus impacts
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Updated 3:30 pm June 3, 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.

**NEW**
Town gives $1 million to county grant program for Vienna businesses
The Town of Vienna is providing $1 million in CARES Act funding to Fairfax County’s RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) grant program specifically to support Vienna businesses. Applications for the now $26 million small business and nonprofit relief grant program will be accepted June 8-15. Businesses may verify eligibility and sign up for email notification when applications open at fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/fairfaxrise.


**NEW**
Council adopts temporary emergency ordinance to assist businesses

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.

**NEW** The Vienna Dog Park has reopened!
However, the Town has canceled all in-person special events through the end of August. Look for details about special virtual events to come soon.

Northern Virginia enters phase one of gradual business reopening

Northern Virginia entered phase one of the Forward Virginia reopening plan on May 29. The governor's office has issued phase one guidelines for all business sectors, which include:
  • physical distancing best practices
  • enhanced cleaning and disinfection best practices
  • enhanced workplace safety best practices.

Under Phase One, many businesses may reopen and/or loosen restrictions while following mandatory requirements. Some highlights related to Phase One reopening include:
  • Restaurants may continue takeout and delivery. "Dine-in" customers are allowed only in outdoor spaces at 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the business's certificate of occupancy.
  • Personal care and grooming services may open to customers by appointment only and capacity is limited 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the business's certificate of occupancy.
  • Brick and mortar businesses must limit the number of customers to 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the business's certificate of occupancy.
  • Fitness and exercise facilities must remain closed, but may offer limited outdoor fitness and exercise operations.

Additional sector-specific guidelines are available in the Forward Virginia plan.

Most of Virginia is expected to enter phase two of the Forward Virginia plan June 5. However, Northern Virginia will remain in phase one for now. The governor's office has provided phase two guidelines.

Face coverings now 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 new 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 preventative actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 
  • 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

Additional parks & recreation programming, event cancellations

The Town's Fourth of July fireworks and Sprinklers & Sparklers events have been canceled due to the ongoing public health crisis. All events scheduled for June have been canceled as well, except the Vienna Farmers Market is scheduled to open June 13.

In addition, the Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department has canceled all classes, activities, camps, trips, and programming through June. The traditional playground and summer excursion camps have been canceled for the summer. Currently the Town plans to begin offering no-touch and low-touch programming starting July 6.

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 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 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, suspend penalty and interest fees for late payments and increase the on-time payment discount from 3% to 10%. The ordinance is in effect April 14-June 13 and applies to meals tax payments for April and May.

Town limits access to Town facilities 

The Town of Vienna government continues to operate and provide essential and other services. The Town strongly encourages residents to conduct business with the Town via telephone or online whenever possible.

To mirror Gov. Ralph Northam's "stay at home" executive order, access to facilities and cancellations have been implemented.
 Until further notice, impacts to Town operations include:
  • The Vienna Community Center is closed to the public. All programming, rentals, open gym and drop-in activities, classes, and teen center activities are canceled. 
  • Town Hall and other Town facilities are open to the public by appointment only. Residents and customers are encouraged to do business with the Town via phone and electronic means whenever possible.
  • Town playgrounds and basketball courts are closed. 
  • Field permits are canceled, and picnic shelter reservations will not be accepted during this time period.
  • Park bathrooms are closed.
  • Within the limitations noted above, Town parks and fields remain open. Within certain guidelines, fields, trails, and parks may be utilized so that residents can enjoy nature. No organized exercise classes, group sports, or groups of more than 10 are permitted. The Town would like to keep parks open, but if residents fail to consistently follow social-distancing guidelines, it may be forced to close parks as well. 

Many meetings canceled
Town Council adopted on March 31 an ordinance that allows Town board and commission meetings to be held using emergency procedures. Measures outlined in the ordinance allow for continuity of government during the coronavirus emergency. These measures temporarily suspend the requirement for a physical quorum and allow board and commission meetings to be held through real-time electronic means. The ordinance also provides for postponement of non-emergency public hearings and action items.

Many Town of Vienna board and commission meetings have been canceled until June 10. Some boards and commissions will continue to meet as scheduled provided there are agenda items that are essential to continuity of government.

Many Town Council meetings and some additional board and commission meetings are being held as scheduled. Council and board members may attend meetings in person or via electronic means. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in public hearings and other comment opportunities in writing and via electronic means. Guidelines for public participation are available by keying in viennava.gov/publicparticipation.

Many board and commission meetings have been canceled. Please check the Town's online calendar for updates.

Vienna General District Court will resume hearing and administrating cases at Town Hall beginning June 1. The Town is working with the court to modify procedures to accommodate as much as possible social-distancing requirements and public health concerns. 

Additional impacts to Town services and links for conducting business online
  • Pay your water bill 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.

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 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
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."

Other cancellations, closings, impacts
  • Fairfax County Park Authority parks and amenities are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Fairfax County government buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice. The county government remains open for business online, via phone, and by mail. Additional information.
  • The Bowman House is closed.

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.

The Town of Vienna is providing $1 million in CARES Act funding to Fairfax County’s RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) grant program specifically to support Vienna businesses. Applications for the now $26 million small business and nonprofit relief grant program will be accepted June 8-15. Businesses may verify eligibility and sign up for email notification when applications open at fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/fairfaxrise.

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.

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.

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