COVID-19: Reopening Loudoun County 

Current Status: Phase Zero until May 28, 2020

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 62 on May 12, 2020, which delayed localities in Northern Virginia from entering Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan. The plan is a three-phase plan to “reopen” the state by gradually easing the restrictions that have been placed on businesses, places of worship, and public facilities in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Phase One is the first step in easing public health restrictions on certain business operations that were put in place in response to the pandemic.  

On May 25, 2020, the chief elected officials in Northern Virginia sent a letter (PDF) to Governor Northam with an update from the five public health directors in the region. The letter shows the regional attainment of four of the critical metrics for moving the region into Phase 1 and assessed the need for continued focus on expanding our contact tracing capacity and developing sustainable supplies of PPE.

The officials noted each of their jurisdictions have been making preparations to support a transition into Phase 1 at midnight on May 28, 2020. They also requested if the data supports it, they would like the Northern Virginia region to move to Phase 2 in concert with the rest of the Commonwealth when that date is established.

Loudoun will remain in Phase Zero until May 28, 2020. The differences between the two phases are illustrated in this table.

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Forward Virginia Phase Zero and Phase One Chart

Face Coverings 

On May 26, 2020, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 63 requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana.

Learn more about face coverings.

Forward Virginia Guidelines

Phase One: Safer At Home

The “Forward Virginia” plan is based on achieving certain data points that, when met, indicate we are ready to move into the next phase of the plan. For Phase One, the data points include:

  • A downward trend of positive test results over a period of 14 days;
  • A downward trend of hospitalizations over a period of 14 days;
  • Sufficient hospital beds and intensive care capacity;
  • Increasing and sustainable supply of personal protective equipment such as masks, respirators, gloves and gowns; and
  • Increased testing and contact tracing.

Phase One: Reopening Businesses

The Forward Virginia website provides guidance for reopening the business community. Below are links to specific business sectors with detailed information on mandatory requirements, best practices and resources.

Religious Services

Restaurants and Beverage Services 

  • Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, cideries, mobile units (food trucks), distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms.

Farmers Markets

Brick and Mortar Retail

  • All non-essential brick and mortar retail establishments

Fitness and Exercise Facilities

  • Gymnasiums, recreation centers, swimming pools, indoor sports facilities, and indoor exercise facilities.

Personal Care and Grooming Services

  • Beauty salons, barbershops, spas, massage centers, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed.

Campgrounds and Summer Camps

  • Private campgrounds and overnight summer camps.

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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