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Arlington County Encourages Wearing Face Masks in Indoor Public Settings

Following a significant increase of COVID-19 cases in the community in the past few weeks, Arlington is experiencing high community transmission of COVID-19, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All jurisdictions immediately surrounding Arlington are also experiencing high community COVID-19 transmission.
To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the County recommends following updated guidance from CDC, which advises the general public to wear a mask in public indoor settings with people outside of your home bubble, in areas with either substantial or high transmission. While Virginia has not imposed mask mandates statewide, individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear face coverings in indoor and/or crowded settings. Individual businesses may also require the wearing of face coverings inside their establishments.  

“Vaccination is the most important public health action to end the COVID-19 pandemic and keep our community open,” said Dr. Reuben Varghese of Arlington County Public Health. “Getting fully vaccinated significantly reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.”  

The Arlington County Public Health Division also reminds residents and visitors that using multiple layers of protection is an effective and commonsense way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in our community. Layered actions you can take include:

  • Choosing outdoor gatherings over indoor gatherings
  • Getting tested when symptomatic and staying at home
  • Wearing a mask and physically distancing
  • Washing hands often
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Find a vaccine site near you at

Visit, or call 703-228-7999 for additional information.

Additional Resources

  • On-Site Airport COVID-19 Testing: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is now offering on-site COVID-19 testing to travelers through XpresCheck at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). These pre-security testing facilities are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing options include a rapid test, with results available in as soon as 30 minutes, and a PCR test, with results available in one to three days.  For additional information, pricing or appointments, visit and select "Virginia - DCA" or "Virginia - IAD.
  • Arlington Health & Safety: Learn about the many ways Arlington and its businesses are addressing Health & Safety during your stay, and what to expect while you’re here.

Updated January 7, 2022