County Announces Changes to Services, Programs and Facilities for COV

Published on March 15, 2020

With cases in the region, including Arlington, we are taking critical steps to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as the health and safety of our employees and our community is our top priority. While we will be making changes to some programs and services, we will continue to operate essential government services for our residents and businesses.

In response to the public health threat posed by coronavirus (COVID-19), Arlington County Government is making operational changes to ensure the health and safety of the community and County staff. These changes will ensure continuity of important programs and services, while amending non-essential activities, in response to the County's declaration of a local emergency on Saturday, March 14. The County's Public Health Division has been working aggressively for the past six weeks to develop and implement mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community, and will continue to lead this effort throughout this pandemic.

"Arlington County employees will continue working and serving the community throughout this emergency, delivering essential services that are critical for the health and well-being of our community," said County Manager Mark Schwartz. "We are committed to helping all Arlingtonians through this difficult period, and we appreciate everyone's patience."

Below are updates for key program or service areas. These updates and many more are available on the County website, including detailed program and event information. We will provide regular updates on the webpage as situations change and as new information becomes available.
Infrastructure and Maintenance

  • Trash and recycling services will continue as normal, including water and sewer service and traffic signal, streetlight and roadway maintenance.

  • Sewer relining projects will be suspended, so water service is uninterrupted.

  • Hazardous waste and electronic waste drop-off services at the Water Pollution Control Plant are suspended. Mulch delivery will continue.

Public Safety — Fire & Police

  • All Police operations remain fully functional. Use online citizen police report system to immediately submit most non-emergency reports.

  • Fire/EMS emergency services continue as usual.

  • Residential fire safety inspection program has been suspended. Fire station events are canceled and outreach programs have stopped.

  • Arlington County 911 will continue to operate, receiving calls for emergency and life-saving services. Non-emergency services, including the non-emergency Police line (703-558-2222) will continue to be available as resources allow. Public safety and public health are our top priority, and to ensure continued access to these critical services, residents should only call 911 for potentially life-threatening emergencies.


  • Central Library and the Columbia Pike Branch are open on their regular schedule — for Wi-Fi and public PC use for adults and students. Self-service access to adult materials will remain available.

  • All other Library locations will be closed. Programs and events are canceled, and meeting rooms are closed.

  • Library online services are available 24/7 with your library card.

Parks & Recreation

  • Effective at noon, Monday, March 16, all programs and facilities are canceled or closed with these exceptions:

  • All trails and parks are open.

  • Arlington Mill, Langston-Brown, Thomas Jefferson, Walter Reed and Fairlington Community Centers remain open, with limited activity and Wi-Fi access available from 8 8 p.m.

  • Use social distancing in these spaces — whether inside or outside.

Human Services Programs

  • The following programs have risk-mitigation strategies in place and are operational:

    • Child Protective Services

    • Adult Protective Services

    • Mental Health Emergency Services

    • Mental Health Intake

  • Outpatient groups and individual services—including therapy, case management, developmental disabilities support, in-home nursing and support services—remain operational with modifications.

  • Public assistance and housing programs, health clinics, and Arlington Employment Center Resource Center remain operational, but services may be limited.

Permits & Inspections

  • The Permit Office is operating on normally scheduled hours, with modified services.

  • Many requests for inspections or permits should be submitted online or via email.

  • Building inspections will continue as scheduled.

  • See details about service changes.


  • STAR service will continue to provide normal service.

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, ART will provide service on a Saturday schedule with changes or modifications for these routes 42, 87, 45, and 43.

  • For details, call 703-228-RIDE (7433) or check the Arlington Transit website.

  • Metro also has service changes. Check the WMATA website.

Commissions & County Board Meetings

  • County Board Meetings and upcoming work sessions are continuing, as scheduled. These meetings also can be viewed online.

  • Many commission meetings are continuing; others may be postponed or canceled. Details on the website.

Arlington Public Schools (APS)

  • APS is closed, effective March 16.

  • Free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches are available at two school sites — Kenmore Middle School and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School.

  • Learn more about APS' plans.

Economic Development & Visitor Services

  • Arlington Convention and Visitors Services will continue to support visitors and the hospitality industry online and via phone. (In-person services suspended.)

  • BizLaunch has postponed events through April 6.

  • Small business support is available by phone and through web-based meeting options. Schedule an appointment online.

Detention Center

To ensure the safety of the public as well as those incarcerated, several changes to operations are in effect. See details.

How to Stay Informed

  • Visit the County's coronavirus/COVID19 website for situation updates and cancellation/schedule news, tips on for staying safe, resources for businesses, printable fact sheets in multiple languages, guidance on public events and meetings more.

  • Go to the CDC website for extensive information and resources for different audiences.

  • Contact the Virginia Department of Health public information line at 1-877-ASK-VDH3.