Farmers Market "To Go" Opens this Saturday, March 28
The City of Falls Church Farmers Market will reopen this Saturday with a "to go" format that complies with the guidelines from Governor Northam and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
The new Farmers Market To Go offers an additional food source for residents and helps local farmers keep their businesses going (and growing) during the pandemic.
How It Works
The market will be open on Saturdays from 9am to Noon for take-out only.
Shopping and browsing will not be allowed.
Customers buy goods in advance -- online or over the phone -- and pick-up at the market. See list of vendors with ordering and contact information on the City's website.
Attendance at the Farmers Market To Go will be limited to 10 customers at a time. City staff will greet patrons and allow entry as space is available.
Only one person per family will be allowed at a time. Please do not bring children, dogs, or other animals.
Customers must maintain 6 feet distance between themselves and others at all times.
Hand sanitizer will be available. Customers are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer as well as disinfecting wipes.
For the full list of guidelines that apply to customers and producers (vendors), click here.
A Note about the City’s Policy about Reporting Cases
Yesterday we announced that, per Fairfax Health Department guidelines, the City will not report out on cases in the City unless there was a public concern. For example, there is public concern about a case involving a pub in Alexandria (see news release) and last week’s alert about a church in Bailey’s Crossroads (see news release)*.
It is important that City residents see alerts like the two linked above, and share the information with friends and family so certain individuals know when they need to self-quarantine*.
We will continue to report the total number of cases in the Fairfax Health District, which includes the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax, the towns of Herndon and Vienna, and Fairfax County. When you see reports and messages from Fairfax Health – they apply to City residents. COVID-19 is here in the City of Falls Church – we now have “community spread,” as was announced last week (see news release).
The City was notified this week of the first presumed positive case for a city employee. Based on the results of the contact investigation for this case, it was determined by the Fairfax Health Department that there was not a public health reason to report out the details of this case to the public. Going forward, we will report out on City employee or City resident cases only when there is a health concern to the public*.
Please make sure you read these Daily Updates and subscribe to Falls Church Alerts for notifications of future cases of public concern in the City of Falls Church.
*Remember, even if there is no concern to you about a case, please continue social and physical distancing, which means no more playdates, no more visits with friends, and keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others. Also, wash your hands regularly, sanitize high-touch surfaces often, and stay home if you feel sick!
Question of the Day
What City restaurants are offering "to go" options? And are there special hours for the elderly to shop at grocery stores?
The City is maintaining a list of restaurants and grocery stores with hours on the City's homepage, www.fallschurchva.gov.
Many of the City's grocery stores offer opening hours for the elderly and/or those with compromised immune systems. See the full list here.
Our Farmers Market is now a Farmers Market To Go. No browsing will be allowed -- pre-orders only. Place your orders with individual vendors in advance, then pick up at the market on Saturday from 9am to noon. See details and a list of vendors here.
Three Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics Open
Inova Urgent Care locations at Dulles South, North Arlington and Tysons will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. Before visiting any Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, contact your regular physician for evaluation. Read more here.
Playgrounds Closed; Fields, Courts Closed to Groups; Parks Open
City fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the skate park are closed to groups of 10 or more people. Be prepared: you might have to turn around and go home if the field or court is too crowded.
Any number of people using those facilities must maintain 6 feet of distance from each other.
City playgrounds remain closed. They are unsafe to play on as they are not sanitized.
17 Metro Stations Closed, Including East Falls Church
WMATA has closed 17 stations in the region, including East Falls Church. More here.
Video of Virtual Town Hall
The video of the virtual town hall meeting from March 23 is available online: Click here for the full video on YouTube and click here for the full video (then click on "Agenda" to access skip-ahead bookmarks).
City Hall is Open
The Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Permits Counter are open 9am to 4pm. All other counters and offices are closed to the public. You can visit the City's website to find phone numbers and emails.
City Services Online
Online payments for personal property tax bills, real estate tax bills, parking tickets, general bills for special trash pick-up and false alarm fees, FCCPS tuition payments and facility rental payments: www.fallschurchva.gov/Pay.
The City posted a Public Meeting & Gathering Guidance on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is following this guidance for its events and encourages community groups and businesses to do the same.
Staff is coordinating a plan for City Council and Planning Commission to meet that would allow the public to virtually attend the meeting and provide comment on public hearing items.
City leadership is actively working and collaborating at the regional, state, and federal levels for effective and coordinated response for the health, continuity of operation, economic impacts (such as looking after our small businesses, at risk populations, adjusting tax deadlines), and accessing or linking to federal and state relief financial resources.
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