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Forward Virginia Phase 3 Guidelines Released

Northern Virginia will enter Phase 3 on July 1

On June 23, Governor Northam announced that Virginia will enter Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia reopening plan on Wednesday, July 1. For complete guidelines for businesses, see the Forward Virginia Phase 3 Guidelines document or visit the Forward Virginia website. For specific changes to Town of Leesburg facilities, operations, and programs, visit the Program and Facility Closures page.


Governor Northam Mandates Use of Face Masks in Indoor Public Spaces

On May 26, Governor Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face masks in public indoor spaces to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, effective Friday, May 29. Accordingly, customers and town staff members will be required to wear face masks while in public areas of Town Hall (hallways, meeting rooms, restrooms, etc.). For guidance on how Executive Order Sixty-Three affects individuals and businesses, see this list of frequently asked questions, provided by the governor's office.


Town Council Adopts Continuity of Government Ordinance

At a special meeting on April 3, 2020, the Leesburg Town Council adopted a continuity of government ordinance. This ordinance outlines how the town government will operate under the current emergency to ensure that critical services continue to be provided. The full ordinance can be downloaded below:


Information & Resources

The Loudoun County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for local response to public health issues, including the current coronavirus pandemic. We encourage residents to educate themselves and stay informed about the current situation. Loudoun County offers the following information resources:

  • Loudoun County Health Department information line
    • 703-737-8300
    • Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • County Coronavirus Webpage
    • Past briefings and press conferences
    • Links to Virginia Department of Health and CDC websites

  • Text LCCOVID19 to 888-777
    • To sign up anonymously up for the latest updates from Loudoun County regarding the Coronavirus. You will not have to create an Alert Loudoun account.
        
  • Loudoun County Department of Health & Human Services' Needs Assistance page.

  • CDC Coronavirus Webpage
    • The County and State Health Departments are following CDC guidance during this event


News Archive

Coronavirus-related news releases are listed below.

Leesburg Police Department Institutes Temporary Changes in Response to Coronavirus - UPDATE #1

Post Date:03/16/2020 11:12 AM

Leesburg Police Department Institutes Temporary Changes in Response to Coronavirus

 

Leesburg, VA – March 16, 2020 UPDATE #1 (Original: March 13, 2020) – Modifications to initial release bolded and underlined.

 

Yesterday afternoon, Loudoun’s First Responders briefed the community on measures implemented in light of the evolving Coronavirus situation. Deputy Chief of Police Vanessa Grigsby, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, Loudoun Combined Fire and Rescue System Chief Keith Johnson, Town of Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister and Town of Middleburg Police Chief A.J. Panebianco addressed the community at the joint press conference, which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/39ZTvG4.

 

The Leesburg Police Department takes the health and safety of our officers and our community very seriously. For this reason, you may notice changes in the way our officers respond to calls for service. You may also notice an adjustment in the availability of some services that are normally offered to the community. Due to the ongoing spread of Coronavirus, we have instituted the following changes effective immediately. While these changes are temporary, they are in effect until further notice. Many of these changes are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance for Law Enforcement professionals.

 

Safety Measures and Temporary Changes in Officer Response to Calls for Service:

  • Our officers have been directed to use social distancing to avoid unnecessary physical contact with non-arrestees. This may include not shaking hands with members of the public and/or remaining at a distance of six feet when possible.
  • You may notice our officers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including but not limited to, rubber gloves and/or facemasks if physical contact is deemed necessary.
  • Our officers have been directed to routinely wash their hands with soap and water, or if in the field to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Our officers have been issued sanitizing spray and wipes for their cruisers, equipment, and gear.
  • We have increased cleaning and sanitizing of commonly touched surfaces in our station.
  • We will take police reports over the phone, rather than in person, whenever possible.

     

    Temporary Adjustment of Services:

  • All tours of the police station, cruisers, and other equipment have been suspended.
  • The Leesburg Police Department Ride-Along program has been suspended.
  • We are unable to accept food donations at our police station at this time.
  • Most police department public events, such as Coffee with a Cop, have been suspended.
  • The Chat with the Chief event on March 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM will be hosted on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/LeesburgVAPolice/, rather than in a public setting.
  • All tours that involve an officer traveling to another location, such as a daycare or house of worship, are suspended.
  • Fingerprinting and car seat inspection services offered to the general public are suspended.
  • The use of the Leesburg Police Department’s Community Room by public groups is suspended.

 

Chief Gregory Brown would like the public to know that while we understand that these temporary changes may affect the level of service that you have come to know an expect, we believe that they are necessary to protect our officers and our community. We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners during this time to ensure that public safety remains our #1 priority.

 

We kindly ask that members of the public follow the advice of healthcare professionals. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms, please do not come to our station for routine services. We ask that you instead reach out to us via our Dispatch at 703-771-4500, by email, or via the internet.

 

The Loudoun County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for local response to a public health concern, including the evolving coronavirus outbreak. For information about the current situation, recommendation actions, and the planned response, please visit the Loudoun County Health Department website: www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus. Residents may also text LCCOVID19 to 888777 receive text alerts from Loudoun County about Coronavirus.

 

Media Contact:

Officer Michael Drogin, Public Information Officer

Email: mdrogin@leesburgva.gov, 703-771-4538

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