The new requirement comes as Alexandria sees its first significant uptick in COVID-19 cases since May. The city issued new guidance recommending that even vaccinated residents begin wearing masks indoors again.
“Following a recent increase of cases, Alexandria has been elevated to a state of substantial COVID-19 community transmission for the first time since early May,” the city said on its website. “Other Northern Virginia jurisdictions are also either in moderate or substantial community transmission.”
The city continued, “The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) urges community members to take common sense precautions to reduce the risk of illness during this spike, such as choosing outdoor gatherings over indoor gatherings, staying home, getting tested when symptomatic, and wearing masks in public indoor settings.”
The Torpedo Factory noted on Twitter that modified hours of operation for the art gallery are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
Please note that effective immediately, the City of Alexandria requires ALL VISITORS must wear masks when visiting the Art Center. Thank you for staying safe while enjoying art! Our modified hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10-6pm. We hope to see you soon… https://t.co/B86nB3y3G9 pic.twitter.com/KI8NBF79Zp
— Torpedo Factory (@TorpedoFactory) July 29, 2021
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