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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
News and updates related to coronavirus impacts
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Updated 2 pm September 29, 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 at least 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.

Tips for celebrating Halloween
The Virginia Department of Health has issued interim guidance for participating in Halloween events. In addition, the CDC has issued guidance for holiday celebrations.

Vote!
Find important dates and information about voting in the November 3 General Election by absentee ballot by mail and early in-person voting here as well as on the Fairfax County Office of Elections' website. To check your polling location, apply online for an absentee ballot, check your registration status, or update your address, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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.
  • Most community events through the end of the year have been canceled or modified. This year, the Town's annual Halloween Parade will come to residents' neighborhoods. A wave parade consisting of 10-15 floats will visit all four quadrants of Town - but not every street - beginning at 10 am Saturday, October 31. The route will be released to the public after 3 pm Thursday, October 29. Don your costumes and wave from sidewalks near your home as the parade passes by.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Freeman Store & Museum is now open 12-3 pm Saturdays in October. November and December hours will be posted online.

Town of Vienna - Information for Residents

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.

Links for conducting business with the Town online
  • Pay water bills and other Town fees online at viennava.gov/onlinepayments or email 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 parks and recreation classes and programs online. Call 703-255-6360 with any questions.

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, too, has payment options, assistance programs, and payment arrangements.

Continuity of governance
As noted above, t
he Town continues to operate under the continuity of governance ordinance that originally was passed March 31 and has since been extended, 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. 

Town of Vienna - Information for Businesses

Town Council adopts relief measures
Town Council has passed several temporary emergency ordinances designed to assist Town of Vienna businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the ordinances described below requires that a business apply for a temporary permit.
  • Outdoor commercial activity Originally adopted June 1, this emergency ordinance waives zoning regulations and allows restaurants and other licensed businesses in Town to conduct commercial activity outdoors. The ordinance is currently effective through March 31, 2021.
  • Child care in commercial zones This ordinance provides a temporary waiver of zoning restrictions for child day care in commercial and industrial zones and for public, semi-public, and private institutions in other zones. This ordinance is effective through January 31, 2021.
  • Outdoor activity by public, semi-public, and private institutions This allows organizations that don't traditionally have business licenses, such as the American Legion, golf courses, and schools, to conduct business outdoors. Currently, this ordinance is effective through November 13, but is expected to be readopted and extended by Town Council.

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. 

Additional 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.

County RISE grant program assists area businesses,
including nearly 300 in Vienna

The Town of Vienna provided $1 million in CARES Act funding this spring to Fairfax County’s RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) grant program specifically to support Vienna businesses. In addition, Fairfax County has twice voted to expand the assistance program (in July and September), so that the program now will provide $58 million in total to all of the 6,280 business applicants found eligible to receive a grant. Nearly 300 Town of Vienna businesses will receive a grant, which totals $10,000, $15,000, or $20,000 per business, depending on the number of employees.

Additional information and resources

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 encour
aged. 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.

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


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

September 29 Newsletter
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








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 thepress 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 itswebsite, Dominion says: "We have suspended all service disconnections as individuals, families, businesses, and communities pull together to meet our collective needs."




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 thepress 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 itswebsite, Dominion says: "We have suspended all service disconnections as individuals, families, businesses, and communities pull together to meet our collective needs."