COVID-19: Health and Safety

Information from the county, state and federal governments

To keep current with health and safety information from the Fairfax County Government, Commonwealth of Virginia and federal government, click on the following links:

Fairfax County Government video: Fairfax County Businesses Adapt During the Pandemic

As local business across the county have reimagined how they do business during the pandemic, the Fairfax County Health Department showcases what one restaurant in Vienna is doing. Watch this video to learn more about how to implement measures like social distancing and face coverings. Businesses can find more resources and guidance on reopening, safety practices and business and employee assistance programs on the county’s website.

Virginia adopts first-in-the-nation enforceable workplace safety standards for COVID-19 pandemic

Virginia is the first state in the nation to adopt statewide emergency workplace safety measures, Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday, July 15. The safety rules are intended to protect Virginia workers by mandating appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans. Guidelines also include record keeping, training and hazard communications.

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board approved the emergency temporary standard on infectious disease prevention after Governor Northam directed the creation of enforceable regulations in May. These temporary emergency standards will remain in effect for six months and can be made permanent through the process defined in state law. For details please click here.

To view the emergency temporary standards, infectious disease preparedness and response plan templates, and training guidance posted on the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry website click here. Workers who feel unsafe in their workplace can file a formal complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration here.