COVID-19: Reopening Loudoun County 

Current Status: Phase Three

Update Effective March 1, 2021: Governor Ralph Northam amended Executive Order 72 (PDF) with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. The Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued strict health and safety protocols including physical distancing, mask-wearing requirements, gathering limits, and business capacity restrictions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to continue teleworking if possible. The key changes effective March 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. include:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 25 people for outdoor settings, while remaining at 10 persons for indoor settings.
  • Entertainment venues: Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30 percent capacity, whichever is lower. If current trends continue, these venues may be able to operate at 30 percent capacity with no cap on the number of people permitted to attend starting in April. Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 individuals.
  • Dining establishments: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol will be permitted until midnight, extended from 10:00 p.m. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms still must be closed between midnight and 5:00 a.m. 
  • Overnight summer camps: As of May 1, overnight summer camps will be able to open with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.

Read for the full text of the governor's February 24, 2021 news release.

Since July 1, 2020, Loudoun County has been in Phase Three 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. 

In Phase Three, we maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking, and the face coverings requirements for indoor public settings. 

Loudoun was in Phase One from May 29 - June 11, 2020 and Phase Two from June 11 - June 30, 2020. 

Face Coverings

Effective December 14, 2020, everyone aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person, which expands the previous statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29. A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.

Forward Virginia Guidelines

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. The timelines for each phase are determined by monitoring health data, the data points include:

  • Number of cases
  • Number of positive tests, and percent positive
  • Percent of cases hospitalized
  • Bed and ICU capacity
  • Availability of PPE

Phase Three: Reopening Businesses

The Forward Virginia website provides guidance for reopening the business community.

Temporary Permits

  1. Receive updates from Loudoun County

    Contact us with Questions

    • Email the Loudoun County Health Department 
    • Call the Health Department's COVID-19 information line:  703-737-8300
      • Monday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Call the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline: 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 
      • Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.