Loudoun COVID-19 Cancellations and Announcements

The rapidly changing response to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus includes a long list of program cancelations and access restrictions, including:

The United Soccer League (USL) announced today, following approval from the USL Championship’s Board of Governors, that the previously announced 30-day temporary suspension of play in the Championship will be extended to align with the recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people to Sunday, May 10.

Since Loudoun United FC’s first home match of the 2020 USL Championship season against the Charlotte Independence at Segra Field scheduled for May 6 falls within the extended suspension window it will be rescheduled. This is also the case for the club’s three away matches previously scheduled in April.

Loudoun County has determined that the Adult Day Care program cannot guarantee the social distancing that is consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health, which is necessary to protect the clients who are among the population that is most vulnerable to COVID-19. Upon further review of the program, the county has determined that the centers will close to the public until further notice. 

The county operates three Adult Day Centers in Loudoun. The approximately 55 families affected by the closure are being notified. 
The closure of the Adult Day Centers follows a number of changes and cancellations of county programs announced Saturday, March 14, 2020.  

The Town of Leesburg announced the Thomas Balch Library, the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, and Ida Lee Tennis Center will be closed until further notice.

The closures are taking place in accordance with new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control recommending no gatherings with more than 50 people, as well as Gov. Northam’s direction to limit gatherings of more than 100 attendees. Town staff will reevaluate the closures by the end of next week.

Further changes to the Town’s programs, activities, and services will be posted on the Town website at leesburgva.gov/closures.

To help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) is closing all branches beginning Monday, March 16 and will implement curbside pickup service at all 10 branches later in the week. More details about how customers can utilize curbside service will be announced Tuesday.

Additionally, LCPL is giving new customers who sign up online six months to pick up their permanent library cards. Previously, patrons had to visit a branch within 30 days of registering online.

“New customers can register for a library card at library.loudoun.gov and instantly access an incredible selection of eBooks, eMagazines, TV shows, music, movies and online courses,” said Chang Liu, Director of Loudoun County Public Library. “And any patron who still needs to pick up and drop off materials at their local branch will be able to do so in a way that adheres to social distancing.”

Curbside pickup will last until further notice. Passport, notary and all other in-branch services have been suspended.

“My staff and I look forward to providing our full array of offerings as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so,” said Liu.

The Loudoun Library Foundation has also joined the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by suspending collection of all donations at its Sterling and Leesburg locations until further notice. The nonprofit is assessing the status of its annual Giant Used Book Sale in Leesburg that is scheduled for June.

For complete information, visit library.loudoun.gov.

Loudoun Kindergarten Registration Rescheduled

Leesburg Cancels Recreation Programs, Egg Hunt, Flower & Garden Festival 

Loudoun Chambers Cancels Upcoming Events 

Loudoun Schools to Provide Pick-Up Meal Service

Inova Loudoun Hospital Enacts Visitor Limits 

The TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces to be permitted in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience. 

Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-size bag.

TSA has posted a new COVID-19 web page: https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus

Loudoun County Public Schools is postponing the SAT examinations scheduled for Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. SAT sites included: Briar Woods, John Champe, Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, Independence, Riverside and Woodgrove high schools. Dates and locations for makeup offerings of the SAT are currently being scheduled by LCPS and the College Board, which administers the test. The College Board will notify students who signed up for the March 14 or 15 test sessions about new locations, dates and times as soon as information is available.

Loudoun United Season Suspended for 30 Days: The United Soccer League has suspended its 2020 season for 30 days, effective immediately. Loudoun United FC has played one match so far. The 30-day suspension period covers away games in Atlanta and Miami. Loudoun United FC’s first home match at Segra Field is scheduled for May 6 and the club will continue to monitor the situation and take advice from local health authorities.

Science Fair Goes Virtual

Among the events impacted by the closure will be the Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair scheduled for March 19 at Rock Ridge High School. That event will be held virtually, instead. 

The Department of Instruction is contacting science fair participants, judges, donors and sponsors with details.

This is known so far: 

• Students will be asked to submit their work electronically by 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

• Virtual judging for the 18 category awards and special awards will take place between 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

• First-place category winners will be named on Tuesday, March 24.

• Judging for International Science and Engineering Fair finalists will take place on Friday, March 27.

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