Arlington County: Avoid Large Crowds on Halloween

Published on October 23, 2020

With Halloween falling on Saturday this yearmany partygoers may be looking to celebrate in popular nightlife destinations around Arlington, but events that involve large gatherings of individuals can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and are not recommended.  

Arlington County has not approved any pub crawls or large events for Halloween weekendpart of the County's effort to mitigate the evening crowds for this traditionally busy holiday and to protect the health and well-being of our communityPartygoers are encouraged to seek alternativeways to celebrate a physically distanced Halloween or sit this year out.  

RELATED: Guide to Halloween 2020 

To protect against COVID-19, everyone should avoid close contact with people who do not live in their household, wear a mask (cloth face covering), and practice social distancing and frequent and proper hand washing. We implore all Arlingtonians to continue to abide by this public health guidance. In general, the more closely people interact with each other and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. 

The Arlington Public Health Division will continue to educate and strictly enforce Virginia's Phase 3 Guidelines for restaurant and beverage services. Restaurants and dining establishments must comply with the Governor's guidelines, including:  

  • Post signage at the entrance and at points of sale stating that patrons must wear a cloth face covering, except while eating and drinking, in accordance with Executive Order 63. 

  • Tables at which dining parties are seated must be positioned six feet apart from other tables. 

  • Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times. 

  • Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic, per Executive Order 67. 

  • If live musicians are performing at an establishment, they must remain at least ten feet from patrons and staff. Karaoke must remain closed. 


The Arlington Police Department will have a dedicated nightlife detail of officers assigned to Clarendon and 23rd Street in Crystal City on Halloween night to ensure the safety of businesses and patrons.