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Alexandria City Council Approves More Space for Outdoor Dining

Action is meant to temporarily help restaurants

Alexandria City Council Chambers (Zebra file photo)

Alexandria, VA – Alexandria City Council recently approved a plan to expand outdoor dining when Phase One of Governor Ralph S. Northam’s (D-VA) “Forward Virginia” plan begins Friday in Northern Virginia. The move will allow restaurants to temporarily use parking spaces and sidewalks in front of their businesses to seat customers.

Restaurants will be limited to 50 percent of their capacity. Those interested in the use of expanded space must fill out an application. It can be found HERE

In related news, during Phase One, vehicles will not be permitted in the 100 block of King Street. City Council’s decision is meant to help restaurants. People are asked to keep their distance and not congregate in groups.

Quarantine Guidance

The city and the Alexandria Health Department have developed guidelines for people who must quarantine themselves after testing positive for coronavirus or a possible exposure. Click HERE to read the flier. It is also available in Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic.

Meal Distribution Reminder

There are multiple opportunities to receive meals from ALIVE! if you need them. Details are below:

  • Thursday, May 28: Charles Houston Recreation Center Parking Lot (901 Wythe St.), 4-5:30 p.m. Distribution of meals and one to two bags of shelf-stable groceries. Held in partnership with Alexandria, Washington Street United Methodist Church, Royal Restaurant, and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
  • Thursday, May 28: William Ramsay Elementary School Parking Lot (5700 Sanger Ave.), 5-6 p.m. Distribution of meals and two bags of shelf-stable groceries and produce. Held in partnership with World Central Kitchen and Hunger Free Alexandria.
  • Saturday, May 30: Truck-to-Trunk Food Distribution: Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.), and John Adams Elementary School (5651 Rayburn Ave.) Parking Lots, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Drive-through food distribution at both sites, with walk-throughs allowed. Distribution includes at least 4 bags of shelf-stable groceries, fresh eggs, and a box of farm fresh produce while supplies last.

People are asked by the city to keep their distance from others when picking up meals and to eat at home.

Related: Northam Permitting Northern Virginia to Reopen Friday Under Phase One


Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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