Resource for Alexandria Business & Commercial Property Owners

The following information is current as of 06/09/20
Northern Virginia, including the City of Alexandria, to enter Phase 2 of Forward Virginia on Friday, June 12

Governor Northam announced this afternoon that Northern Virginia, to include the City of Alexandria, can move into Phase 2 of the "Forward Virginia" plan that continues to gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19 this Friday, June 12th. Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond will join the rest of the Commonwealth in Phase 2. Previous estimates noted that Phase 2 is expected 2-4 weeks- the actual length of the second phase will be based on data, including the health metrics that are tracked and reported by the Virginia Department of Health.
Under Phase 2, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer At Home strategy, where Virginians and businesses are encouraged to continue social distancing, teleworking and requiring individuals to wear face covering in indoor public settings. The number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 50 people.

The AEDP and City of Alexandria will reconvene groups of businesses by industry to review specific guidance for Phase 2 and discuss Alexandria-specific policies and initiatives designed to support the safe reopening and rescaling of businesses (see below for details). Specifically:
  • Restaurant and beverage establishments may offer indoor dining at 50 percent occupancy
  • Fitness centers may open indoor areas at 30 percent occupancy,
  • Certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions, while
  • The current guidelines for non-essential retail and personal grooming services will largely remain the same in Phase Two.
Industry Specific Webinars to Explain Phase 2 Guidelines and Answer Questions

Please sign-up below for the specific industry briefings, which will review guidelines from the Governor and State, as well as discuss local rules, programs and initiatives. 

Wednesday, June 10th:
  • Fitness and Exercise facilities: Weds. 6/10 at 3:00 PM,  sign up here
  • Restaurant and Beverage Services businesses: Weds. 6/10 at 4:00 PM, sign up here

If you are an Entertainment and Public Amusement business in Alexandria (outdoor performing arts venues, outdoor concert venues, outdoor movie theaters, drive-in entertainment, outdoor sports venues, museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, and public and private social clubs), please reach out to AEDP with questions: 703-739-3820 or .
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits Still Available for Restaurants Throughout the City of Alexandria

In advance of entry into the Commonwealths' Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the City announced a new Temporary Outdoor Dining Program, which allows for expanded outdoor seating on sidewalks, within on-street parking spaces and on private land, including parking lots. Dozens of restaurants have already applied to the program and are offering outdoor dining. For those that have not, please find the application  online here.

Virtual Industry Cluster Meeting
The AEDP is (virtually) convening meetings of various industry clusters over the coming weeks. If you are interested in meeting with peers to discuss resources, challenges and ideas, please submit your ideas to and a member of our Business Development Team will respond.

Join AEDP's LinkedIn Group
AEDP  invites all local businesses to join our LinkedIn Group focused on fostering business-to-business connections- you can also share tips, tricks, resources, and encouragement. 

Support, Questions, and Recommendations
Have a tip or free service to help your fellow business owners? Please send information to so that we can review and share appropriately. 
AEDP is here to help- our team is reaching out to as many of our ALX businesses and commercial property owners as possible to assure we all survive and recover together!

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