COVID-19 FAQs

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Additional information and answers can be found at the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 FAQ page.    


Visitor Self Check-In Policy at County Facilities

Is there a check-in policy if I am visiting a County facility? (Last updated: 5/28/21)

Each of our facilities will continue check-in procedures for members of the public at different facilities and locations. COVID-screening questions and temperature scans may be part of the check-in process for visitors.

Can visitors be denied access to a facility?

Yes. If a visitor answers ‘yes’ to experiencing new or worsening COVID symptoms without an alternative diagnosis or has been asked to quarantine or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will be asked to leave the facility.

For facilities that conduct temperature checks, visitors will be denied access if their temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, unless specifically authorized by staff for critical services. If the visitor believes their temperature scan may have been high due to recent physical exertion, the visitor may wait a reasonable period of time to cool off and be rescanned.


County Visitor Face Covering Policy

What is the visitor face covering policy? (Last updated: 5/28/21)

The visitor face covering policy establishes requirements for the wearing of face coverings by County residents and visitors while inside County-owned, leased, and controlled facilities, if unable to maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distance to other individuals.

Who needs to follow the face covering regulations? (Last updated: 5/28/21)

This policy provides guidance to County residents and visitors regarding the use of face masks at County facilities. There is a separate policy for employee face coverings intended for County employees, contractors and volunteers.

Why do Arlington visitors need to wear a face covering? (Last updated: 5/28/21)

Consistent with the Center for Disease Control’s guidance, and after consultation with the County’s Public Health Director, the County has concluded that covering the mouth and nose is an effective means to limit the transmission of coronavirus.

  • Face coverings may prevent the person wearing the covering from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing.
  • They proved an effective tool during the pandemic and we continue to emphasize the need for unvaccinated individuals to wear a face covering.
  • Since people may spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a face covering may protect others around you.
  • Face coverings worn by others may protect you from getting the coronavirus from people carrying the virus.
  • Proper physical distancing, handwashing, refraining from touching one’s face, and wearing face coverings, taken together, have been shown to be effective in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

If I don’t wear a mask, how can I get what I need?

To accommodate residents and visitors, we now allow for access to services online and over the phone. Staff can provide contact details at the front desk. If services cannot be provided remotely, residents may contact the service area directly to identify an alternate means of providing services. Contact information can be obtained online at https://www.arlingtonva.us/ or by phone at 703-228-3000.

What should I do if I see another person violating this policy?

Please report the policy violation to security guards at the points of entry, or a supervisor.

 


County Facilities and Amenities 

What is the policy for returning to County sponsored events and classes if I have tested positive, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? (Last updated: 1/21/22)

Participants in County sponsored events and classes should follow CDC recommendations, which are the minimum quarantine and isolation recommendations for the general population. If someone continues to experience COVID symptoms or is feeling sick, we encourage you to stay home until your symptoms resolve. Masks are required inside County Facilities if you cannot maintain six feet of distance. To limit the spread of COVID-19, follow these steps if you have symptoms, if you test positive, or if you had close contact with someone who is sick.

NOTE: You may need to follow additional COVID-19 policies and guidance from County programs and facilities, employer, school, nursing home and/or daycare settings.

What is the policy for using County facilities (gyms, libraries, pools, etc.) or attending County sponsored meetings if I have had a positive COVID-19 test OR been exposed to someone with COVID-19? (Last updated: 1/21/22)

Please follow CDC recommendations, which are the minimum quarantine and isolation recommendations for the general population. Stay home if you are feeling sick and/or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Masks are required inside County Facilities if you cannot maintain six feet of distance. 

NOTE: You may need to follow additional COVID-19 policies and guidance from County programs and facilities, employer, school, nursing home and/or daycare settings.

What are the quarantine and isolation guidelines at APS schools? (Last updated: 1/21/22)

Please visit the APS Health and Safety Information FAQ webpage for details.

What are the quarantine and isolation guidelines at childcare centers? (Last updated: 1/21/22)

The CDC’s shortened (5 day) guidance only applies when masks can be worn consistently and correctly on days 6-10. At this time, given that mask use cannot always be applied consistently in childcare and early education settings, and children under age 5 are not yet eligible for vaccination, VDH recommends following existing guidance. However, the shortened 5-day isolation or quarantine option may be considered for staff when there are critical staffing shortages in these settings.