Outdoor Fitness, Dining Flexibility Allowed For Fairfax Reopening

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — On Thursday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved emergency rules allowing flexibility for outdoor restaurant and exercise facilities as phase one of reopening starts Friday. The board also allowed blanket approval for individual Virginia ABC license applications.

The county usually does not permit restaurant and exercise facilities to operate in places like parking lots without specific approval. Under the emergency allowance, these facilities can use existing patios, sidewalks and paved parking spaces without the need for individual approvals from the county. Businesses must follow state reopening and county ordinance requirements.

The emergency ordinance applies to restaurants, breweries and winery tasting rooms — breweries and wineries must follow their existing food-service restrictions. Exercise facilities covered under the ordinance are gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers and sports facilities.

“As Phase One begins in Fairfax County, our hope is this emergency ordinance will give many business owners the

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