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

Where Masks Are Required

(Updated Feb. 28) In the following settings, masks are still required by federal, state, local or private entities:

  • Public transit, including the Connector and Fastran, as well as commercial aircraft.
  • Health care facilities including clinic settings operated by the Fairfax County Health Department and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
  • Congregate settings including jails, group homes and shelters.
  • Fairfax County Courthouse courtrooms at the discretion of the presiding judge.
  • Mask requirements set by private entities.

Regardless of the COVID-19 community level, masking and social distancing may still be used for personal risk mitigation. The CDC recommends that individuals at high risk of complications from COVID-19 consider taking additional precautions. Those with symptoms or exposure should still get tested.

Additionally, people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and those who were exposed are encouraged to wear a mask for a full 10 days.

Dispose of Masks Properly

Help keep our community clean; throw your disposable masks in the trash instead of on the ground.

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Face Covering Tip Sheets

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Social Distancing

As of May 28, 2021, Executive Order 79 is in effect which terminates Seventh Amended Number Seventy-Two. However, all individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and older should cover their mouth and nose with a mask in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing in most settings. You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or 2 weeks after receiving single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). 

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to mask and remain physically distanced in most settings. If you are not fully vaccinated:

The guidance below is for those who are not fully vaccinated. Additional information is available from the Virginia Department of Public Health. 

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. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Info for Business Owners and Staff

Vaccines are Good for Business

We often talk about “returning to normal” – reopening the doors to business and re-engaging with our customers.

  • Vaccines keep people WORKING: They are proven to prevent severe COVID-19. Vaccines keep your team healthy – and working.
  • Vaccines can make workers and customers HAPPY: This pandemic has taken a big toll on mental health. Vaccine provides reassurance that to hopefully alleviate some of the added stress the pandemic brought.
  • Vaccines are good for SALES: As people begin to return to a new normal way of life and revisit their favorite places, knowing that the people who work at the establishments they frequent is reassuring.
  • Vaccines are good for your BOTTOM LINE: So many businesses pivoted to accommodate the ever-changing world of the pandemic. It’s time to get back to the business you want to be in.

What You Need to Do Today

1. Consider accommodations for your staff (who are eligible) to get vaccinated: Vaccine appointments are given based on availability. Accommodate your staff for their vaccine appointment by giving them time away from work to be vaccinated (if necessary). Also become knowledgeable about potential side effects.

2. Schedule a Vaccine Conversation for your team: Contact the Health Department. Our vaccine specialists deliver informational talks across the county each day. Presentations are customized for language, culture and content.

3. Promote COVID-19 Vaccines at your business: Distribute vaccine information from the Health Department.

4. Share your work! Be sure to share your staff vaccination photos and tag us!

Vaccine Resources for Businesses

Materials For Your Workplace

Business Resources

Health Action Alliance offers tools and best practices to help businesses develop COVID-19 vaccine policy, educate and support workers, engage disproportionately impacted populations, and strengthen community vaccination. Businesses and employers of all sizes can immediately access free tools, resources, trainings and events.

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.

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?

The Virginia Employment Commission's Customer Self-Service is available for weekly claim filing and inquiries between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday). You can file a claim using the IVR by calling 1-866-832-2363 or file a weekly claim by calling 1-800-897-5630.

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.

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

At this time Fairfax County does not have an active grant program.

The PIVOT program has completed it grant cycle and no further funding is available. At this time we do not expect to have another direct grant program, the county is investigating another option to assist small businesses as they recover from the pandemic. This program will be called THRIVE and details are expected to be announced in the late spring of 2022. To receive information on this and other business opportunities you may sign up for the Department of Economic Initiatives newsletter here.

Health, Labor & Safety Guidance

Prepare Your Workplace to Keep Your Employees Safe

The Health Action Alliance offers tools and best practices to help businesses develop COVID-19 vaccine policy, educate and support workers, engage disproportionately impacted populations, and strengthen community vaccination. Businesses and employers of all sizes can immediately access free tools, resources, trainings and events. New resources are being added regularly; watch for a new program for Employee Resource Groups and minority-owned business owners launching in early April.

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

There may be some other direct small business counseling options available from the organizations below. These organizations offer confidential, no-cost technical assistance and opportunities specific to your business needs. They also have information on potential grants, government programs and other funding options.

  1. The Fairfax County Business Experience (BizEX) Partner is a free service for Fairfax County entrepreneurs who are seeking guidance regarding county permits and processes necessary to establish, evolve, or expand a business within the County.
  2. The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is a non-profit organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations, educational, financial and support services to small businesses in Fairfax County. Sign up for information and counseling sessions .
  3. The George Mason University Small Business Development Center (Mason SBDC) is available to assist businesses with questions and information regarding preparing and understanding what is needed for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection programs. They also are available to create strategies for businesses to move forward.
  4. SCORE, a non-profit resource funded by the U.S. Small Business Association, offers free confidential business counseling via phone, email and a variety of video and chat services.


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


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.



If you have tested positive for COVID-19, see these important steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your family and in our community.

Vaccine Information

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Testing Information





Language Portal

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Contact Tracing

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Isolation and Quarantine





Protect Yourself and Slow the Spread

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Questions About Coronavirus?


Stay Informed

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