The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service, a division within the Arlington County Government, is continuing to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in the region and following the lead of local and state authorities. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a Stay at Home executive order in Virginia in response to the spread of the coronavirus and asked non-essential businesses to close. Individuals should follow Federal guidelines and avoid groups to fewer than 10 people.
Arlington County is following those guidelines and has asked that restaurants close their dining rooms and instead offer meals on a takeout basis. Most other non-essential businesses (theaters, fitness centers, etc.) are also closed at this time as well. Visit this updated list of restaurant closures and for those that have modified their operations. Most Arlington hotels remain open at this time; please contact your hotel directly if you do have upcoming reservations. Metro service is open for essential travel only with reduced service to allow for more intensive cleaning of rail cars, and four Arlington Metro stations (East Falls Church, Virginia Square, Clarendon and Arlington Cemetery) are closed. Arlington's ART bus transit service has cancelled a number of routes.
Arlington National Cemetery is closed as it takes precautionary measures to protect the health of employees, families and visitors. Funerals will be conducted as scheduled. The Pentagon is also currently closed for any visitors or tours. Visitors with questions on the status of any events/conferences scheduled for our area should check with their individual event coordinators. Additionally, The Washington Post has Live Updates from throughout the region.
The Governor and State Health Commissioner have declared a public health emergency for Virginia and encourage all residents and visitors to abide by federal guidelines and avoid any public areas with the potential for large gatherings.
The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, and the Arlington County Public Health Division encourages travelers, as well as residents, to follow the below steps to protect themselves against infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick.
The websites below can provide up-to-the-minute information on the disease, details on symptoms, local travel advisories, and more:
Updated March 30, 2020