City of Alexandria urges use of masks to help prevent spread of COVID-19


City of Alexandria urges use of masks to help prevent spread of COVID-19

For immediate release: August 24, 2021

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Department of Health urge residents, businesses and visitors to Alexandria to “wear it well” by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, whether or not they are vaccinated. This follows
updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that everyone should wear masks in indoor public places in high or high transmission communities.

“The key to preventing the negative health and economic impacts of this pandemic is to implement all available precautions,” said City Manager Mark Jinks. “As recommended by the CDC, vaccination is the primary mitigation measure and wearing a mask indoors in public places, whether you are vaccinated or not, can help prevent the spread.”

Wearing a mask protects you, your family and your community from the current wave of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. In addition to wearing a mask in indoor public places, “Wear it well” by making sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and chin with no gaps. Masks with multiple layers of fabric offer better protection against transmission.

“With the increase in COVID-19 cases, we must act now to stop more disease,” said Dr Anne Gaddy, Alexandria’s acting director of health. “One of the easiest ways to do your part is to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. “

The ‘Wear it Well’ message will be visible in the community in the form of multilingual banners and posters displayed at facilities and businesses across the city, as well as pop-up events that will take place across Alexandria for s. ” ensure residents, visitors and businesses are aware of the CDC Recommendation. The “Recommended masks” signs and leaflets are available for all organizations, businesses and residences to download and print. Printed versions can also be provided on request.

Visit to learn more about how you can do your part to stop the spread in Alexandria.

For media inquiries only, contact Kelly Gilfillen, Acting Director, Office of Communications and Public Information, at [email protected] or 571.208.9001.

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