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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
News and updates related to coronavirus impacts
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Updated 10:30 am January 6, 2021

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.

Information about vaccines
The Fairfax County Health Department is coordinating distribution of vaccine doses in the county; at this time no locations in the Town of Vienna have been designated for distribution to eligible residents. Beginning January 11, adults 75 and older are eligible for the vaccine and may schedule an appointment to receive one from the health department by registering online or calling the health department's vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (9 am-7 pm Monday-Friday and 9:30 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday). More information about vaccines is available from the Fairfax County Health Department here. The Virginia Department of Health also is providing information.

Additional statewide restrictions implemented Dec. 14

With daily covid-19 case numbers the highest they've been since the pandemic began, Gov. Ralph Northam has announced temporary new measures to slow the spread of the virus.

The following measures are effective at 12:01 am December 14. For additional details see Executive Order 72.

Modified stay-at-home order All residents should stay home between 12 and 5 am. There are exceptions, including traveling for work and seeking medical attention or certain food items. Those who can work from home are encouraged to do so.

Expanded mask mandate All Virginians aged 5 and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with individuals outside their household and outdoors when six feet of physical space cannot be maintained. The changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines that recommend universal face coverings.

Reduction in social gatherings The limit on all social gatherings was reduce from 25 to 10. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, and other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This restriction does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings; restaurants and retail stores are governed by strict social-distancing requirements and are not included in this limit.

Onsite alcohol curfew Onsite sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol continues to be 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. 

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. 
  • 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 March 31, 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 open by appointment only in January and February. To schedule a tour or for additional information, email or call 703-994-9054.

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 July 4, 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 July 4.

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

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

December 11 Newsletter
November 16 Newsletter
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."