Masks Optional at County Facilities – Official Arlington Virginia County Government Website

Published on March 02, 2022

Effective Thursday, March 3, 2022, Arlington County will no longer require masks for the public and most employees inside county government facilities.

This decision follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on February 25, 2022, which updated how they monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

The CDC’s new tool — COVID-19 Community Levels — looks at hospital beds used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area to determine a low, medium, or high level.

Currently, Arlington County is “low,” meaning individuals may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference and level of risk for developing serious illness.

For the public and most employees, masks will no longer be required inside county facilities, as long as Arlington is at the “low” level.

Masks are still needed in specific places, such as public transport and where health or medical services are provided. People can choose to hide at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

People who are at increased risk of severe illness – and family, friends and colleagues who spend time with them – should consider taking extra precautions even when the community level of COVID-19 is low.

This change in county mask policy is consistent with recent guidelines issued by the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, as well as Arlington Public Schools.

The pandemic is not over, but we are in a new phase. Although COVID-19 continues to circulate, we now have vaccines, tests, and treatments that work, and most Arlingtonians have some immunity to vaccines or past infections.

Vaccination remains the primary public health prevention strategy to protect individuals and communities from COVID-19. The CDC recommends that anyone 5 and older be current, which means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster doses when eligible. To find a vaccination center near you, go to vaccines.gov, visit one of the county clinics, or call our COVID-19 hotline at 703-228-7999.

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