Virginia has countless fascinating towns, unique small towns, and charming regions worth visiting, but with COVID-19, the idea of an impromptu weekend trip to explore these fun destinations had to be put off. But when the time is right, we can't wait to welcome you back to discover all that Virginia has to offer! As you think about where to go after travel restrictions are reduced, consider these seven safety-focused destinations, which have put in place extra precautions to ensure you, your family, and their local communities all stay healthy during this difficult time. Use this guide to help you plan your dream Virginia vacation – and when you're done, we'll wait.
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Visit Alexandria, the city's tourism board, and the Alexandria Health Department teamed up for ALX Promise, a certification mark that lets residents and visitors know which restaurants, hotels and retailers have done their best for the safety of their customers. The ALX pledge means that these companies have committed to higher safety standards for both employees and customers than required by law. This voluntary program includes a wide variety of components, including personal staff training with the Alexandria Health Department and ongoing collaboration with the Health Department to ensure their safety measures are up to date. Look for the ALX Promise Shield on the websites and in the windows of Alexandria restaurants, hotels, and stores.
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Virginia & # 39; s Blue Ridge
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Following recommended guidelines from the CDC and public health officials, Virginia & # 39; s Blue Ridge region has created the Blue Ridge Stay Safe Pledge in Virginia to allow residents and visitors to safely enjoy the businesses and experiences that make this beautiful area so & # 39; create a unique destination. These safe steps include increased cleaning and disinfection to reflect CDC recommendations, following capacity and social distance guidelines, conducting regular health screenings of staff members, and providing customer hand sanitizer. As a mark of a commitment to promoting safe, enjoyable experiences for visitors, look for special VBR Stay Safe Pledge posters in the shop windows of businesses in the cities of Roanoke and Salem and counties of Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke.
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Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County
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In an effort to unite the entrepreneurs in Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County and create solidarity, local government organizations have teamed up to create the OpenAndSafeNSV campaign. This campaign asks companies to pledge to adhere to Virginia Department of Health and CDC safety guidelines and to keep their staff, their visitors, and their communities as a whole safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pledge includes efforts such as adhering to all guidelines set by public health and government officials, enhanced worker safety measures such as remediation efforts and social distancing, requiring face cover for all employees and visitors under Virginia Department of Health guidelines, and reducing the common occupancy spaces. Check their website to see which companies in the Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County areas have made this pledge and are following increased security measures.
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Prince William and Manassas
The # PrinceWilliamStrong Pledge asks companies to pledge their support in complying with all "Forward Virginia" guidelines and requirements and following the safety measures set forth by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control to slow the spread of COVID-19. These measures include improved disinfection and cleaning procedures, screening employees for potential illness and adopting flexible sick leave policies for employees who may be at risk. More than 100 companies in the Prince William / Manassas area have already made the pledge and are committed to the safety of their visitors and employees.
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The City of Norfolk and Downtown Norfolk Council have teamed up a program called OpenNorfolk, a free community assistance program that helps local businesses open security measures under the VA Governor's Phase 1-3 guidelines. In addition to providing detailed toolkits for local businesses to ensure consistent safety precautions are in place, OpenNorfolk has been working to build outdoor dining areas for local restaurants, neighborhood popups with secure outdoor meeting areas, new walkways for outdoor activities Encourage takeaway / collection areas outside restaurants and retailers to support local businesses. The initiative also helped organize events with a social distance, such as outdoor yoga classes and art classes, allowing people to connect safely during the pandemic.
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The "Loudoun Is Ready" program unites business owners in Loudoun County, Northern Virginia, and builds consumer confidence in restaurants, shops, wineries, breweries, and other businesses that call Loudoun home. More than 550 companies have already pledged to comply with the latest safety guidelines set by the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participating companies have window stickers and floor stickers for social distances to show their commitment to the campaign.
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Lexington and Rockbridge County