Arlington County — and the surrounding areas — is set to begin its phased reopening on Friday, May 29, as laid out in the “Forward Virginia” plan by Governor Northam. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled the most important information businesses and residents alike need to know.

Who Can Reopen?

During Phase I, most businesses can reopen with strict social distancing and capacity limits. However, some businesses will remain closed.


Open at 50% capacity

Religious Services

Open at 50% capacity


Outdoor dining at 50% capacity

Gyms & Fitness Centers

Limited to outdoor activities

Salons & Barber Shops

Open by appointment only

The following businesses remain closed:

  • Schools
  • Overnight summer camps
  • Entertainment venues
  • Public campgrounds

Click HERE to see the complete list of mandatory requirements for businesses reopening.

Additional State & Local Changes

In addition to guidelines for businesses reopening, the State and County have issued additional orders and made temporary changes to certain ordinances.

Temporary Outdoor Seating

In order to assist restaurants with reopening and compliance with Virginia’s outdoor dining regulations, Arlington County has approved a new Temporary Outdoor Seating Area (TOSA) process that allows permits to be approved quickly by county staff.

Masks Now Required

Starting Friday, May 29, any person age ten and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times in most public settings. Earlier this month, Arlington County announced it will be distributing free cloth face masks to the public.

Reopening Resources

Businesses can find assistance in reopening from various sources including CPRO, Arlington County, and Arlington Economic Development.

FREE Banners & Consultations

Any Columbia Pike business may request a FREE banner to help them communicate their status to customers. CPRO offers 5 free options and may be able to provide custom options at a small fee.

Additionally, CPRO offers its members free consultations for those in need of assistance finding technical solutions for teleworking, online sales, and more.

FREE BizLaunch Webinars & Resources

Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch is hosting two free webinars to help small businesses plan for reopening. Registration is required.

Reopening Safely During COVID-19
May 28 • 11 am – 12 pm

Communicating the New Normal
May 29 • 11 am – 12 pm

AED has also compiled a complete list of resources to assist businesses during COVID-19,

Unsure if your business should reopen?

The CDC has compiled a Workplaces Decision Tool to help you make the safe choice. You can also see the CDC’s complete list of guidelines and tools for communities planning for reopening HERE.

Looking for additional resources or to learn more about what CPRO is doing? Click Here

Do you know of any additional information we’re missing? Contact Us