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Important Updates

See the January 6, 2022 update below regarding COVID quarantine protocols and the August 9, 2021 update regarding the mask mandate

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COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines Update 

Effective January 6, 2022  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement on December 27, 2021, with updated recommendations for the length of isolation and quarantine periods for the general population. The updated guidance also updates the definition of close contact requiring at home quarantine to include fully vaccinated individuals who are eligible for a vaccine booster but have not yet received one. The CDC guidelines are the result of new scientific evidence that most COVID-19 transmission generally occurs one to two days before the onset of symptoms and two to three days after the onset. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) adopted the CDC’s updated recommendations Dec. 29, 2021.
 
As a result, the County is adopting the updated recommendations. In accordance with decisions by the CDC, VDH, Loudoun County Health Department and Loudoun County Public Schools, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) is adopting the recommendations for its program participants of all ages. (Masks are mandatory in all county facilities).

  • PRCS Program participants, regardless of vaccination status, who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of five days before returning to the program. If the participant was symptomatic at all during the isolation period, symptoms must be improved with no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) in order for isolation to end and the participant to return to the program. If asymptomatic at the end of Day Five, the participant must continue to wear a properly fitted mask around others for an additional five days. 
  • Asymptomatic participants who have been identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive individual must quarantine for a minimum of five days if unvaccinated or if fully vaccinated and it has been more than six months since receipt of the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (two months for Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and the participant has not yet received a booster dose. If asymptomatic at the end of Day Five, the participant must continue to wear a properly fitted mask around others for an additional five days. 
  • Asymptomatic participants who 1) are fully vaccinated and are within six months of receiving the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (two months for Johnson & Johnson vaccine); OR   2) are fully vaccinated and outside of six months of receiving the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (two months for Johnson & Johnson) with a booster dose; OR  3) tested positive for COVID-19 within the preceding 90 days of the close contact are eligible to request an exemption to quarantine in order to return to the program after close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

PRCS reminds anyone who is eligible to make a vaccination appointment. The County is continuing to host vaccination and testing clinics.

Face Mask Update

Beginning Monday, August 9, 2021, Loudoun County will reinstate the requirement for members of the public and employees to wear face masks inside all County-owned-and-operated facilities regardless of vaccination status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Loudoun County has carefully considered the recommendations of the CDC, Virginia’s Governor and Northern Virginia Health Departments for everyone to wear masks indoors.

Loudoun County previously implemented Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 79, effective May 28, 2021, which lifted all remaining capacity limits for gatherings and social distancing requirements in previous executive orders that have been in place in county government facilities as part of the efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. See details (PDF).

Chronology of Forward Virginia Guidelines    

Facilities

  • All PRCS facilities resumed normal operating hours with normal program enrollment and capacity May 28, 2021. 
  • Athletic fields at PRCS park sites and LCPS school sites are open for permitted use by affiliated leagues and approved independent organizations.  All recreational sports can play in accordance with Executive Order 79, VDOH and CDC guidelines and approved Return-to-Play plans. Effective August 9, 2021, facial coverings/masks will be worn by spectators and by players when not participating in sports activities. Six feet of distancing should be maintained where practical.  Additional information regarding recreational sports is available here and on the Virginia Department of Health’s “Considerations for Recreational Sports” webpage. 
  • Indoor pools (and outdoor pools in season) and pool features are open at normal capacity.  
  • At recreation/fitness facilities, masks will be worn indoors by anyone not actively working out, using fitness equipment or actively participating in recreational activities.
  • Masks will be worn at indoor pool facilities when not in the pool. Six feet of distance is recommended whenever possible. Masks will be worn in restrooms/changing rooms at outdoor pools.
  • At the Franklin Park Arts Center, masks will be worn indoors by audience members and by performers regardless of vaccination status.

Programs

  •  Effective August 9, 2021, staff and participants will wear facial coverings/masks when indoors or when six-feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
  • PRCS facilities resumed normal operating hours with normal program enrollment and capacity May 28. 2021. 
  • PRCS camps, classes and programs will run in accordance with current guidelines for capacity, enrollment and content. Details and registration for programs can be found online.
  • Some centers may provide the option of virtual program participation. Online videos and resources are available online
  • Registration for PRCS after-school programs for the current and following school year is ongoing. 
  • Child care services are open at community and recreation centers. 
  • Restrictions for social gatherings were lifted in accordance with Executive Order 79.

Senior Services

  • Effective August 9, 2021, staff and participants will wear facial coverings/masks when indoors or when six-feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Senior centers and adult day centers resumed normal operating hours with normal program enrollment and capacity June 1, 2021.
  • Some centers may provide the option of virtual program participation. Online videos and resources are available online.
  • For senior services information, contact the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging. Call 703-777-0257, email AAA or email AAA support.