Virginia entered Phase 3 of reopening this week, as laid out in the “Forward Virginia” plan by Governor Northam. While Arlington County is joining the rest of Virginia in reopening, officials are encouraging residents to stay “safer at home” and to continue social distancing, telecommuting, and wearing masks in indoor public settings. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled the most important information businesses and residents alike need to know.

What’s Changed?

During Phase 3, social gathering limits are increased to 250 and many businesses can resume “normal operations” with continued cleaning and safety protocols and additional businesses, such as entertainment venues, that had remained closed, can now open. Masks and face coverings are still required in indoor public spaces.


Capacity restrictions lifted but must maintain 6-foot distancing.

Religious Services

Capacity restrictions lifted but must maintain 6-foot distancing.


Indoor dining open with social distancing. Bar seating prohibited indoors.

Gyms & Fitness Centers

Open at 75% capacity with 10-foot distancing between patrons.

Salons & Barber Shops

Appointments no longer required but must maintain 6-foot distancing.

Entertainment Venues

Open at 50% capacity with 10-foot distancing between performers and patrons.

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

Reopening Resources

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

Pike Business Roundtables

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization manages an online forum for Columbia Pike Businesses to post topics an have discussions with their fellow business owners/manager. We have also begun hosting monthly roundtales (July date TBA) and have a Facebook support group open to both residents and businesses.

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.

Temporary Outdoor Seating

Arlington County is still accepting Temporary Outdoor Seating Area (TOSA) applications to allow restaurants to expand their seating capacity as they see reduced seats due to distancing protocols.

FREE Webinars & Resources

SCORE: Reopening Your Small Business
July 8, 2020 • 12 – 1:30 PM

Expert mentors from SCORE’s local chapters will respond to questions on topics including managing your cash flow, relationships, marketing, safety, teleworking, and more.

Free, Registration Required

Reopening Arlington: Workplace Strategies
July 9, 2020 • 11 AM – 12 PM

A panel of experts in public health and workplace strategies will provide attendees with the latest guidance to safely accommodate their workforce as Northern Virginia reopens.

Free, Registration Required

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

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