Social Distancing

Social distancing is one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Infectious diseases do not respect boundaries. Each individual is a critical part of the community mitigation strategy. 

Even if you feel healthy, social distancing is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding close contact with people outside of your home and family.


  • Maintain distance of approximately 6 feet from others when possible
  • Avoid congregate settings and mass gatherings.
  • Except when absolutely necessary, remain out of:
    • Public places where close contact with others may occur (such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, parks, playgrounds)
    • Workplaces (unless office space allows distancing from others)
    • Schools and other classroom settings
    • Local public transportation (such as on a bus, subway, taxi, ride share, plane, ship)
  • Avoid physical contact when greeting such as handshakes, hugs and high-fives
Social distancing
  • Those who are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, such as older adults and individuals with underlying health issues or compromised immune systems, should limit contact with others
  • Use basic prevention measures: 
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • View more tips for Virginia Department of Health
  • View additional guidance from the CDC 

County Government Facilities

  • Social distancing measures are currently in place for the safety of the community and staff in county facilities.
  • You may notice changes in how we deliver service as we maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals.
  • Please obey posted signage.


The videos below help to illustrate the importance of social distancing:

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Contact us with Questions

  • Email the Health Department 
  • Call the information line:  703-737-8300
    • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m