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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.

Town of Leesburg Temporarily Waives Parking Requirements to Allow More Outdoor Dining

Leesburg restaurants can apply for temporary use permits to create outdoor dining areas in private parking lots.

Post Date:05/27/2020 5:27 PM

Leesburg, VA (May 27, 2020) – At last night’s council meeting, the Leesburg Town Council approved a temporary  modification to the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance regarding parking requirements for restaurants. This measure is aimed at increasing opportunities for restaurants to create outdoor dining areas while social distancing restrictions remain in effect.

Under the modified regulations, restaurants may apply for a temporary use permit which, if approved, will be valid until resumption of indoor dining at full capacity is allowed by the governor’s office or until the town’s Continuity of Governance Order expires, whichever occurs first.

More information, including a list of frequently asked questions, how to apply for a temporary outdoor dining permit, and specific permit requirements, is available on the town website at www.leesburgva.gov/temporary-outdoor-dining. There is no fee for the permit. Town staff recommends that restaurants contact a staff member to discuss their applications before submitting to ensure a smooth approval process (703-737-7183 or permitting@leesburgva.gov). 

Restaurants in the downtown may have outdoor dining areas on the public sidewalks if they are able to meet the physical distancing requirements for Phase 1 of the Forward Virginia plan (www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia). A valid sidewalk dining permit from the town is required (www.leesburgva.gov/sidewalk-dining). 

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer
barnett@leesburgva.gov
703-771-2734

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