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Posted on: May 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] News Release Guidelines for Operation During COVID-19 Restrictions

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Chief, Cynthia McAlister



Per Governor of Virginia Executive Orders 61 & 62


PURCELLVILLE, Va., May 27, 2020 — The Town of Purcellville and the Purcellville Police Department understand that there may be confusion about what businesses, organizations, or places of worship may or may not be open during the current COVID-19 restrictions. With the Governor’s Executive Order 62 set to expire on midnight, May 28, 2020, the following guidelines from the Governor’s previously issued Executive Order 61 are below and will go into effect on Friday, May 29, 2020. Please refer to the full text of Executive Order 61, as well as the additional Business Sector specific guidelines for questions.

Day-care Facilities:

  • May remain open for essential workers
  • Must continue regular cleaning and disinfecting

Essential Retail (grocery stores, pharmacies, dollar stores, home improvement stores, auto parts stores and repair shops, pet stores, dry cleaners, banks, etc.):

  • May continue operations
  • No limit on number of patrons
  • Must ensure that patrons can adhere to social/physical distancing
  • Employers must provide face coverings to employees
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common areas

Farmers Markets:

  • May remain open providing social distancing is followed
  • Employees and vendors must wear face coverings in customer-facing areas
  • Must conduct regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently contacted surfaces
  • Vendors must supply hand sanitizer stations or hand washing stations for patrons and employees

Fitness and Exercise Facilities:

  • May reopen for outdoor activities only
  • Patrons must remain at least 10 feet apart
  • All group outdoor activities may not have more than 10 patrons at a time
  • Must supply hand sanitizer or hand washing stations for patrons
  • Must ensure cleaning and disinfection of shared equipment after each use

Non-Essential Retail (clothing shops, boutiques, etc.):

  • May continue operations
  • Must limit number of patrons to 50% of occupancy
  • Must ensure that patrons can adhere to social/physical distancing
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common areas

Personal Care & Grooming Services (beauty salons, barbershops, spas, massage centers, tanning salons, tattoo shops):

  • Occupancy must not exceed 50% capacity
  • Must have six feet of physical distancing between work stations
  • Only one appointment per service provider at a time
  • Employees must wear face coverings
  • Customers must wear face coverings, business will provide face covering if client does not bring one
  • Services are limited to those that can be completed without clients removing their face covering
  • Regularly clean and disinfect contacted services every 60 minutes, as well as all personal care/grooming tools after each use

Professional, non-retail businesses:

  • Encourage teleworking as much as possible
  • Must ensure that employees can adhere to social/physical distancing
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common areas

Religious Services:

  • May conduct indoor services at 50% capacity
  • Individuals not in the same family must stay six feet apart when seated and practice proper social distancing
  • Recommend face coverings for those attending services
  • No items passed between non-family members
  • Any items used to distribute food or beverages must be disposable and discarded after single use
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection of contact surfaces after each service
  • Post signage with health reminders

Restaurants, Dining Establishments, Breweries, Microbreweries, Distilleries, Wineries, and Tasting Rooms:

  • May still operate for takeout and delivery
  • May utilize outdoor seating at 50% capacity
  • Patrons must adhere to social/physical distancing
  • Occupied tables must be positioned six feet apart from other patron-filled tables
  • No more than 10 patrons seated as a party
  • No self-service food (except beverages, where allowed), including condiments
  • Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings
  • Regularly clean and disinfect contacted surfaces every 60 minutes during operation, with tabletops, chairs, and credit card/bill folders cleaned between patrons

Restricted businesses that may NOT be open at this time:

May not be open:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, museums, etc.
  • Skating rinks, arcades, bowling alleys, fairs, arts & crafts facilities, and other indoor public amusement places
  • Public and private social clubs
  • Overnight summer camps are prohibited


  • Presence of more than 10 individuals performing functions of their employment (i.e. police officers, fire and rescue personnel, grocery workers, etc.) is not a “gathering”
  • “Gathering” includes, but not limited to parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors
  • Does not apply to gathering of family members living in the same residence

Additionally, each industry and office environment also have very specific safety and communication requirements that you must fill before reopening (click here).

Read more at:

Link to Executive Order 61 (

Business Sector specific guidelines (


The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 12th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at



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