Physical Distancing Signage Up, Warnings Begin Fri, Aug 28

Physical Distancing Signage Up,
Warnings Begin Fri, Aug 28

CORRECTION: “Enforcement” has been changed to “warnings”
As part of the County’s efforts to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, the County Board adopted an emergency ordinance prohibiting groups of more than 3 people from congregating and requiring pedestrians to maintain at least 6 feet of physical separation from others on posted streets and sidewalks.

Following several weeks of public education, the County has installed physical distancing ordinance signage and will begin issuing warnings on Fri, Aug 28. The focus will be on nighttime hours of 8 PM to 2 AM. A date for actual enforcement of the ordinance was not announced.

The posted area is limited to 4 small zones in Clarendon with the greatest crowding. (Click on map to enlarge)

There is community-wide transmission of COVID-19 in the National Capital Region, including Arlington. Groups of people congregating increases the risk of spread of the virus. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another and staying for a period of time. News Release

Sept 8 Early In-Person Voting Begins

Early In-Person Voting Begins Sept 8
Early voting will begin on Sept 18 at 2200 Clarendon Blvd, Suite R140 (the former Wells Fargo space). This is the closest location to LV. Four other locations are planned to open in Oct. All registered voters are eligible to vote early in the Nov 3 election.
Mail-In Ballots
Mail-in ballots will be mailed starting Sept 18. Check the status of your mail ballot application at Virginia Department of Elections website.
News Release

County Not Enforcing COVID Restrictions

County Not Enforcing COVID Restrictions
Virginia’s Phase 3 Executive Order restricts mass gatherings to 50% of event space capacity or 250 people, whichever is smaller and requires face coverings in public settings. Further, the Arlington County Board adopted an emergency ordinance on July 31 prohibiting congregation of more than 3 people in posted areas (primarily in Clarendon and Rosslyn).

A spokesperson for the County told DCist that ACPD has not issued any citations for mass gatherings, congregating, or people flouting rules regarding mask-wearing. DCist County officials seem wracked by self doubt whether anything they do will be effective: choosing to give lip service to protecting public health, but choosing not to act.

County Board Member Garvey told the Washington Post “I don’t know that we should keep our schools closed in order to keep our bars and restaurants opened.”

Meanwhile, the County has permitted a large street fair in Clarendon for Sept 5-6 (Labor Day weekend), which will likely spill over into Lyon Village. ARLnow

Armed Robbery

Armed Robbery
When: Fri, Aug 21, aprox 12:15 AM
Where: 1600 block of N Rhodes
The victim was sitting inside his parked vehicle when a vehicle pulled alongside, displayed a firearm and commanded the victim to exit his vehicle, lay on the ground and empty his pockets. Crime Report

Request Your Mail Ballots Early

Request Your Mail Ballots Early
● As of Aug 7, 17,000, or 10% of active voters, have requested mail ballots for the Nov 3 General Election.
● Ballots will be mailed Sept 18.
● Check the status of your request online

Arlington COVID-19 Cases Hit Summer Peak

Clarendon Blamed as Arlington COVID-19 Cases Hit Summer Peak
Arlington reported 175 new COVID-19 cases over the past 7 days — an average of 25 per day — according to the Virginia Dept of Health. Arlington’s test positivity rate (“R”) has also been increasing, now at 5.3% Those testing positive are typically younger: 70% of new cases in Arlington over the past month are below the age of 40.

This increase in Arlington is driven in large part by young adults who have not been using masks or maintaining their distance inside bars and restaurants, particularly in the Clarendon and Rosslyn neighborhoods said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey, who commented “I don’t know that we should keep our schools closed in order to keep our bars and restaurants opened.” Washington Post (read second part of story)

Sept 16 Residential Parking Enforcement Resumes

Residential Permit Parking Enforcement Resumes Sept 16
On Sept 16 Arlington will resume enforcement of Residential Permit Parking (RPP) rules. Enforcement was temporarily suspended in March due to the pandemic. If you park on the street in a zoned area, make sure your permits/passes are properly displayed. If you have not applied for 2021 permits/passes the fastest way to get them is to apply online. RPP Webpage

Vote By Mail Caution for Nov 3 Election

Vote By Mail Caution for Nov 3 Election
VA Code only allows ballots to be returned via mail or personally to the General Registrar. To be counted ballots must arrive by 7PM election night. The County does not recommend mailing ballots less than 10 days before Election Day, Nov 3.

Ballots can be dropped off at the following locations and times.
● Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, 1st Floor
Additional Locations will be posted in September. More Info

The Trump administration is acting to slow mail delivery in advance of the Nov 3 election. It is prudent to keep this in mind when voting by mail. NY Times

Prudent to Vote Early for Nov 3 Election

Prudent to Vote Early for Nov 3 Election
Because poll workers tend to be older and more susceptible to COVID-19, many are nervous to work at the polls this Nov 3. Election officials are considering consolidating polling places to manage in-person voting with available resources. This may result in fewer poling places and long lines at poling places that are open.

Metro Returning to (Almost) Regular Schedule

Metro Returning to (Almost) Regular Schedule
On Sunday (Aug 16) Metro trains resume normal schedules: rush hours every 8 minutes on all lines; off-peak 15 minutes except 12 minutes on the Red Line. Regular opening times (5AM weekdays, 7AM Sat, 8AM Sun). Closing at 11PM, still much earlier than “normal.” Vienna, Dunn Loring, East Falls Church, and Arlington Cemetery stations remain closed.

On Sunday (Aug 23) bus service will resume on routes that have not had service in months. Increased service on almost every line. Buses will run from 4AM to midnight daily. Only Metrobus route 38B on Wilson & Clarendon Blvds serves LV.

Masks and social distancing will be encouraged, but not enforced. Metro notes that “social distancing may not be possible on every train and bus”.
WMATA News Release

ART Bus Increasing Service: Aug 23

ART Bus Increasing Service
On Sunday, Aug 23, ART bus service will increase. The majority of service will be restored to pre-Covid levels. Rear door boarding and free fare will continue. Face masks required. Routes in bold serve LV.
● ART 41, 42, 43, 45, 51, 52, 55, 77, 84 & 87 will resume regular service.
● ART 55 & 87 have minor weekday schedule changes.
● ART 72 will continue to operate a modified weekday schedule.
● ART 53, 61, 62 & 74 will remain out of service.
ART News Release

Clarendon Scene

Clarendon Scene

Few masks, intense crowding, gunfire. No tickets issued.

The Arlington County Board adopted an order to prohibit groups of more than 3 from congregating on streets and sidewalks. ACPD plans to start enforcement someday after a period of “outreach and education.” News Release

Who’s getting sick with COVID-19? Mostly younger people. Over the past month, 57% of new cases in Arlington have been among those in their 20s and 30s — an age range that’s about 40% of the county’s population. ARLnow

Gunfire in LV

Gunfire in LV
Gunshots were fired around 4 AM near the James Hunter dog park. Responding officers observed 2 vehicles leaving the scene at high speed. One vehicle crashed at N 10th St & Arlington Blvd. The second vehicle was located in the 400 block of Army  Navy Dr. ACPD’s preliminary investigation indicates that the individuals were attending a neighborhood gathering. At present, the individuals have not been taken into custody or charged.

Anyone who may have observed the incident or who has any information related to this case is asked to contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) News Release

COVID-19 Risk in Arlington Increases

COVID-19 Risk in Arlington Increases
Virginia’s Phase 3 guidelines allow a risky 250 people at an indoor venue.
● 25 people in the room: 21% chance someone has COVID-19.
● 100 people in the room: 61% chance someone has COVID-19.
Estimated on Aug 9 by Georgia Institute of Technology, Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory. Learn more at Georgia Tech ABiL

Designing Streets for Kids

Designing Streets for Kids Guide
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) just published the Designing Streets for Kids guide to pave the way for cities to promote streets that better serve the specific needs of children and caregivers as pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Download

Trash Collection Failures Continue

Trash Collection Failures Continue
Arlington’s residential trash/recycling contractor continues having trouble collecting everyone’s trash & recycling on the usual schedule.

If your trash/recycling have not been collected, DES asks that you leave your carts at the curb until collected. If your trash/recycling has not been collected after 48 hours, please submit a missed collection ticket online or call 703-228-5000 weekdays 7 AM to 7 PM.

Suspension of residential yard waste collection continues with no announced resumption date. Yard waste may be brought to temporary drop-off sites during restricted hours 8 AM to Noon, Mon to Fri.
● Earth Products Yard at the Trades Center, 4300 S 29th St in Shirlington
● Mulch pick-up site at N 26th St and Yorktown Blvd
Details at Arlington Trash, Recycling, & Yard Waste Page

Pre-Filled Mail Ballot Application OK to Use in Arlington

Pre-Filled Mail Ballot Application OK to Use in Arlington
This week, many voters received pre-filled mail ballot applications from the Center for Voter Information, an independent organization not affiliated with the County. The form is the correct Virginia Vote by Mail Application for Arlington and can be used by voters to request a ballot for the Nov 3 General Election. Voters can return it in the provided postage-paid envelope. There was a problem with some forms sent to Fairfax county, but Arlington county says the Arlington forms are OK.

● Check your voter registration record online at Virginia Dept of Elections.
● Voters who have submitted a request for a mail ballot in November do not need to submit another request.
● Ballots will be sent the week of Sept. 18.

More at Arlington News Release

Donations to World Central Kitchen Have Evaporated

Donations to World Central Kitchen Have Evaporated
Founded in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Its method of operation is to be a first responder and then collaborate with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger. In mid-March 2020, WCK transformed 8 of Andrés restaurants in New York City & Washington, DC into soup kitchens to support residents affected by COVID-19.

“We simply don’t know how long we’re going to be able to continue to serve meals, and we are standing at the cliff right now,” WCK CEO Nate Mook said. “Because at some point, as we look at the weeks and months ahead, the reality is, we are going to simply run out of money.” WUSA9 Report Donate