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Town of Leesburg Declares Local Emergency; Makes Downtown Parking Free

Essential Town services remain uninterrupted.

Post Date:03/18/2020 10:57 AM

Leesburg, VA (March 18, 2020) – This morning, the Leesburg Town Council consented to a declaration of local emergency by Town Manager Kaj Dentler. The declaration will be in effect until May 2, 2020.

In order to support the downtown businesses, as well as to avoid having people touch the parking meters and payment kiosks, all downtown parking will be free as long as the emergnecy declaration remains in effect. Beginning immediately, parking at the Town Hall parking garage, the Church Street parking lot, and all on-street meters is free of charge. The two-hour limit at parking meters will still apply. Meters will be bagged by the end of the week, but the free parking begins immediately.

Despite the local emergency declaration, the Town of Leesburg continues to provide essential services to its residents. In order to minimize risks and allay public concern, Town officials offer the following updates and recommendations:

  • Finance & Administrative Services: 
  • Parks & Recreation:
    • Ida Lee Park Recreation Center and Ida Lee Tennis Center remain closed until further notice.
    • All Town parks are open dawn to dusk. Staff are monitoring parks as usual. Residents should use common sense and follow the CDC’s advice for stopping the spread of the virus.
  • Utilities:
    • Town water is safe to drink and use for all household needs. There is no need to buy bottled water.
    • Per the Governor’s order, the Town will not shut off water service for non-payment for the next 60 days.
    • Emergency repair operations continue as necessary. Residents with water or sewer service emergencies should call the Utilities Department at 703-771-2750 during business hours or the Police Department’s non-emergency number, 703-771-4500, after hours.
  • Public Works:
    • Trash and recycling collection continues as normal.
    • Yard waste collection is scheduled to begin for the season on Monday, April 6.
    • Brush collection and other street division services continue as scheduled. 
    • Requests for service may be submitted online at
  • Planning & Zoning and Plan Review:
    • Offices are open with limited staffing. Applicants are encouraged to call before coming into Town Hall (703-771-2765).

“The Town of Leesburg will continue to serve the residents of the town through this crisis,” said Dentler. “Our staff is comprised of highly qualified, dedicated public servants who are committed to providing the best services possible. If residents have any comments or suggestions during this emergency, I encourage them to reach out to my office via email ( or phone (703-771-2700).”

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer

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