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 mask policy for County government facilities? (Last updated: 3/3/22)

Effective Thursday, March 3, 2022, masks are optional for the public and most employees while inside Arlington County government facilities, as long as the County is in a "low" COVID-19 Community Level, per the CDC.

This updated guidance from CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) applies to visitors and most County employees, including contractors and volunteers.

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Know Your COVID-19 Community Level

  • Low Community Level - Wear a mask based on your personal preference and your level of risk of developing severe illness.
  • Medium Community Level - If you have a weakened immune system or at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public.
  • High Community Level - CDC recommends that you wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings).

Are there times I still need to wear a mask? (Last updated: 3/3/22)

Situations where masks are required:

  • While using public transportation (airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and rideshares, as well as in indoor transportation hubs, such as airports and stations), per a federal order.
  • Some localities, local businesses, and other settings may still require masks. Follow any applicable rules or ordinances.

Situations where you should always wear a mask:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you are in the 10 days after a COVID-19 diagnosis and around other people | VDH Isolation Calculator
  • If you are in the 10 days after an exposure to someone with COVID-19 and are around other people | VDH Quarantine Calculator

People may choose to mask at any time.

What is the policy for masks at Arlington Public Schools? (Last updated: 3/3/22)

APS will continue following the CDC’s guidance for operating safely to allow everyone—students, families, staff and visitors—to decide whether they will wear a mask at school and on the school bus. This change takes effect March 1, and there is no opt-out form required. More information is available on the APS website.


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: 7/21/22)

The guidance from CDC and Virginia Department of Health serves as recommendations to childcare providers and centers in Arlington to reduce COVID-19 spread. Each childcare provider must decide which recommendations or combination of recommendations to implement based on the needs of their customers and employees, and their organization's purpose. Arlington County Public Health Division continues to encourage the use of multiple layered strategies. Each childcare organization must determine within their resources and authority how to deliver their services to their customers/clients and achieve expected control and prevention of germ spread (including COVID-19).