Fairfax County, Virginia


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COVID-19 School Support

Parent Connect

Provides in-person services for parents and guardians at a variety of community locations. 

After School Connects

virtual platform providing programming for youth and teens during after-school hours, Monday through Friday.

K-6 School-Age Care

The program provides full-day on-site programming for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade Monday through Friday.

Coronavirus - Stay Informed

Guide to Face Coverings

Face Covering Requirement

Face coverings are required by executive order of the governor when people are inside public places.

Anyone aged five and over is required to wear a face covering inside certain public places. It is strongly recommended that children older than two wear face coverings. Children aged two and under should never wear a face covering. A person who has trouble breathing, who cannot secure or remove the face covering without assistance, or who has a medical condition limiting the use of face coverings should not wear a face covering.

Report Concerns/Violations

Call 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (Virginia Department of Health)

Do NOT call the Fairfax County Health Department or the public safety non-emergency number about compliance with the governor’s executive order for face coverings.  

Where to Wear Face Coverings

  • Inside essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail establishments
  • Inside personal care and personal grooming establishments
  • Inside places where people congregate, including places of worship, waiting rooms, and libraries
  • Inside food and beverage establishments, except when eating or drinking
  • Inside common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings, and other multi-family residences
  • When utilizing public transportation, as well as when in any waiting or congregating areas associated with boarding public transportation
  • When accessing state or local government services  
  • All employment settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained for more than 10 minutes

Masks with Exhalation Valves or Vents

The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. Masks with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

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Face Covering Tip Sheets

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Phased Reopening Information

What to Know About Phased Reopening in Fairfax County

Phase Three Updates: November 2020


Phase Three Updates: July 2020


Phase Three Overview

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Phase Two Updates: June 2020


Phase One Updates: May 2020


General Information and Resources for All Businesses

Restaurant and Beverage Services

Brick and Mortar Retail and Farmers Markets

Salons and Barber Shops

Campgrounds, Youth Sports and Summer Camps

Fitness and Exercise Facilities

Religious Services

Other Industries


  • Guidelines from the Virginia Department of Social Services

Concerns/Violations About Phased Reopening Guidelines:

Call 703-691-2131 / Fairfax County Public Safety Non-Emergency Number

Report Concerns/Violations About Governor's Order for Face Coverings:

Call 1-877-ASK-VDH3 / Virginia Department of Health


Fairfax County Government Status

Fairfax County Government continues to deliver assistance from a distance for many services. Parks, farmers markets and other services have resumed in a phased way. View our operating status page for details and links. 

Social Distancing

What Exactly Does Social Distancing Really Mean?

The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”

Note: This guidance is for people who are generally healthy. If you are at higher risk or have symptoms of illness, stay home and consult with your health care provider.

Social Distancing Tips

  • Do not hug, shake hands, or high five. These actions can transmit a virus from person-to-person.
  • Maintain a distance of approximately six feet from others when possible.
  • Avoid mass gatherings and congregate settings. The CDC defines congregate settings as crowded public places where close contact with others may occur.
  • Those who are at risk for more severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and persons with compromised immunity, should limit contact with others and be rigorous about social distancing and other protective measures
  • Use good protective behaviors: wash your hands frequently using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds; cover coughs and sneezes; stay away from others if you’re ill, and disinfect high-touch surfaces at home and work.

Small Group Gatherings

Should I Hold My Small Group Gathering? (Playdate, Book Clubs, Sleepovers)

Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home Order that directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

Remember to maintain social distancing (maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others) if you do need to go out. Avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings with 10 or more people.

Additionally, the CDC recommends that children should not have play dates or hang out with children from outside their household. See the blog post.

Work Guidance

Should I Go to Work?

While many are able to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, some people still must report to an office, store or job site to do their work. 

Under the Virginia governor’s emergency orders, people are allowed to travel to and from work, and essential businesses, including construction and landscaping, and may continue to operate as long as they follow social distancing and any other applicable state and federal guidelines. 

As they continue their work, both employees and employers can take steps to stay healthy and limit the spread of the coronavirus. And remember to follow good hygiene practices like frequent handwashing and cleaning of common surfaces.

If you are eligible to telework, plan your work and take-home materials and equipment that you will need.

Ways to Stay Engaged During Social Distancing

Social distancing can feel isolating and tedious but there are many activities in which you can engage while following good social distancing practices. Walk the dog, go for a hike, work or play in your yard, try out a new recipe, download books for yourself and your family from the library and check in on friends and neighbors.

If you get together with one or a few other people, choose a setting that is well-ventilated and offers enough space to maintain appropriate distance. And don’t forget all the other important behaviors to protect yourself and others.


Keep Your Neighborhood Healthy

With coronavirus impacts around us, there are many ways you can prepare yourself and family, but what about others around you? Whatever your housing situation, try and connect with neighbors so you can seek or give support how it may be needed.

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A few ideas:

  1. First, in all interactions, follow proper social distancing protocols.
  2. Find out (and document) if anyone has specialized equipment or expertise that might help.
  3. Decide who will check/call elderly or disabled neighbors and their needs.
  4. Emergency response is one of the most important responsibilities of local government, but government alone can’t prepare/respond. Families, neighborhoods, businesses, houses of worship and many others in our large, diverse community should prepare, too.
  5. Our Community Emergency Response Guide features quick documents to help you and your neighbors prepare. Click on the links below to download a printable copy in multiple languages:

COVID-19 for Businesses, Organizations and Employees

The following information provides the latest resources or information specifically for businesses and their employees. 

Employer COVID-19 Case Reporting Form

Employers must use this form to report any COVID-19 positive employees in their workplace, in accordance with the Emergency Temporary Standard from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Phased Reopening Information

As Fairfax County moves through the phases of the governor's reopening plan, learn the details and find resources. 



Employee/Worker Resources

Employee/Worker Safety and Health

Workers should follow basic actions that include: 

  • Follow social distancing guidelines, staying six feet apart from other people. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public when it’s difficult to stay six-feet apart from others. 
  • Wash your hands and cover you cough and sneezes, along with these other simple actions. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick.  
  • Drive alone to work sites or parking areas — don’t carpool. 

Employees can file COVID-19-related health safety complaints with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program.

Tips for Creating a Healthy & Safe Workplace

Unemployment and Worker Resources

Unemployment Compensation

If you have lost employment and seek compensation you may apply online at the Virginia Employment Commission website or call the VEC Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You must continue to file for unemployment compensation each week you are unemployed.

Have Questions About Employment Law/Rules?

Virginia State Government has provided answers to frequently asked questions received from workers regarding employment impacted by COVID-19

Beginning with claims effective March 15, 2020, Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Employment Commission to change the requirements regarding the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

Virginia Career Works Centers

Virginia Career Works Centers, a  comprehensive system of employment and training services and resources, are available to job seekers and employers in Northern Virginia.

Services listed below can be accessed via web-based and telephone options:

  • Tools, resources and assistance for job searches, interview preparation and career advancement.
  • Access to a bank of online employment resources and education and training options.
  • Workforce information and local labor market information.
  • Career coaching.
  • Live job-seeker webinars.

Contact the centers below Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:


For more information, visit our Department of Family Services webpage.

Are you waiting for your IRS payment? Check out the “IRS Get My Payment Tracker”:

Emergency Food & Assistance

For Human Services support, the Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) provides information regarding emergency food and other assistance.

  • Additionally, call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, for help, Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To apply for benefits like SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid, go to the Virginia Department of Social Services or call 855-635-4370; to renew your Medicaid by phone call 855-242-8282.

Teleworking, Sick Leave & Childcare

What Should I Know About Teleworking?

Virginia offers resources & recommendations regarding best practices for teleworking.

U.S. Department of Labor Sick Leave Guidance

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the second federal stimulus bill) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons. The Department of Labor has released guidance and FAQs to explain who is covered and for how long.

What is the Current Status of Child Care Facilities?

The State of Virginia Department of Social Services has detailed info on childcare, including policy updates and FAQs.

Family Leave and Remote School

The U.S. Department of Labor’s August guidance clarifies when an employee may take family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This guidance addresses issues related to the reopening of schools and the varying approaches school districts have taken with remote learning and staggered classes. See question #70.

Local Small Business Resources

Loan & Grant Assistance Programs

PPP Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants, and Fairfax Rise grants are NOT to be included in “gross receipts” for purposes of computing BPOL taxes.
Pursuant to the Code of Virginia and Virginia Administrative Code, extraordinary COVID-19 loans/grants such as economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, and Fairfax Rise grants can be excluded from taxable gross receipts when filing your Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) tax returns. PPP loans that are not yet forgiven are expressly excluded from gross receipts for purposes of computing County BPOL taxes by Virginia Code and the County’s BPOL ordinance Tax Commissioner PD-21-12.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

As part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill recently passed, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a new round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), its forgivable loan program. 

New borrowers working with community financial institutions in low-income areas can apply as of Jan. 11 and second round borrowers began Jan. 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

The Virginia SBDC State Network has scheduled three Paycheck Protection workshops to assist businesses in navigating the new program.

Artist Relief Fund 

The Artist Relief Fund is a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers affected by COVID-19, offering $5,000 no-strings-attached grants for those earning income from creative or artistic practice. Learn More.

Virginia 30 Day Fund

The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding. Virginia-based businesses that having been operating for at least one year with 3 to 30 employees, and owned and operated are eligible to apply. Please visit the online application to apply. Learn More.

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve designed a program to help banks support small and medium sized businesses that were unable to access the PPP or that require additional financial support after receiving a PPP loan. Main Street loans are not forgivable. To obtain a loan under the Program, borrowers must contact their local bank.

Payroll Tax Deferral for Employers

Have questions about how the Payroll Tax Deferral works for employers? The payroll tax deferral outlined in President Trump's August 8 Presidential Memorandum goes into effect September 1st. Learn More.

DOL Posters for Remote Workers

Are DOL Posters Still Required with Employees Working at Home? Remote working comes with a whole new set of management challenges. Click through for some easy and inexpensive ways on handling requirements for poster compliance for your remote employees.

Dominion Energy Virginia

Dominion Energy Virginia is pledging $500,000 to help provide energy bill relief for small businesses, nonprofits, and houses of worship in its Virginia service territory. The program funding will be covered by shareholders and will not impact customer rates. Qualified businesses may be eligible to receive one-time assistance with their past due Dominion Energy electric bill balances up to $1,000. Learn More.

Health, Labor & Safety Guidance

Prepare Your Workplace to Keep Your Employees Safe

Stop the Spread of Germs flyerBusinesses should do their part to stop the spread of germs and protect employee health.

This flyer provides 6 simply ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additional resources:

Reduce the Risk of Airborne Disease Transmission

Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others. 

 Improve your home or business air quality:

Employee/Employer Paid Leave, FMLA, and Other Wage Questions

U.S Department of Labor - Wage and Hour discusses common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Counseling & Mentoring

Direct small business counseling is available from the organizations below. These organizations offer confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help create a strategy specific to your business needs. 

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) , the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center and Start Small Think Big have partnered to create the COVID-19 Pro Bono Collaborative, an initiative to provide free legal assistance to small businesses in Northern Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic, including help with federal assistance, grant and loan programs, leases and employment issues.

Food Establishments

ABC Licensing

Already providing food pick-up/delivery options? With an on- and off-premise retail license from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, you can add beer or beer and wine to you pick-up/delivery menu. click here for details:

For the latest food establishment owner/operator information and tips, visit


The Fairfax County Office for Children has a host of resources for Child Care providers and programs.


LOCAL efforts to support LOCAL business

Are you in the Richmond Highway Corridor? Add your information to the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s COVID business directory:

Are you in Herndon? Add your info to the Restaurant & Grocery Store Directory:

Fairfax First provides a continually updated collection of interesting events and resources for residents to engage with local businesses and keep themselves entertained, like the FXVA Take Out Trail, which provides coupons and updates on local restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Fairfax First - Support Local Businesses

Fairfax First provides a continually updated collection of interesting events and resources for residents to engage with local businesses and keep themselves entertained, like the FXVA Take Out Trail, which provides coupons and updates on local restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Support local businesses and explore Fairfax County from home.

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Scammers have been setting up websites, fake emails, texts and social media posts to raise money for phony charity projects and to sell fake safety measures and unproven treatments. Here's what you can do.

You may also review additional scam resources for consumers and for business owners.

Connect with Other Businesses 

The Fairfax County Business Emergency Operations Council (BEOC) serves as a vehicle of information sharing between the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and the businesses of Fairfax County regarding matters of emergency management.

The BEOC has created a dashboard to share information among the business community. To access the dashboard, please sign-up as a member and a link and passcode will be forwarded to you. If you do not wish to register but would like access to the dashboard, please send an email to and provide a short justification.


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Alert: Our Call Center is Experiencing High Volume

Please register for an appointment online. Our call center is experiencing high volume and is an option for those who need assistance with registration, who must register in another language, or who do not have proper internet access or technology for online registration. The only two ways to register for an appointment are online or over the phone. You will be contacted after you register to schedule an appointment when one is available. Learn more about the appointment process.

Questions About Coronavirus?

  • Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
  • Email (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)


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