Arlington To Fine Groups Of Three Or More On Sidewalks

Social Distancing graphic from CDC.

Officials in Arlington County, Virginia unanimously voted to enforce social distancing on sidewalks to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to a press release.

“While most Arlingtonians are adhering to requirements to wear masks and maintain social distancing, unfortunately, some are not,” Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey said.

“They are putting themselves and our community at risk of serious illness or death during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board hopes that this step will make it clear to our entire community that this pandemic is far from under control and that we are serious about maintaining social distance to slow its spread and save lives. We hope that through outreach and education, we will get voluntary compliance and will not have to issue a single ticket.”

According to Fox 5 DC, groups with more than three people, and those who fail to maintain a 6-foot distance from others could face a traffic fine of up to $100.

Arlington is currently in Phase 3 of reopening, meaning many restaurants and businesses have reopened. However, the “significant crowding inside restaurants and on the public sidewalks, rights of way, and adjacent public spaces where patrons gather for oftentimes prolonged periods awaiting admission into the restaurants,” the local leaders noted in their decision.

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