COVID-19 Update: New Mask Guidance

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MAY 17, 2021

New Mask Guidance

On Friday, May 14, Governor Northam announced the following, based on the recent CDC recommendation; increasing vaccination rates among Virginians; and dramatically declining COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and positive tests:

  • Masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals in most indoor settings (see Executive Order 72 for exceptions).
  • Anyone who is not yet vaccinated is strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings.
  • Employees who work in certain business sectors—including restaurants, retail, fitness, personal care, and entertainment—must continue to wear masks unless fully vaccinated, consistent with CDC guidelines.
  • Masks continue to be required in K-12 settings, given low rates of vaccination among children.
  • Businesses retain the ability to require masks in their establishments if they choose to.
  • Other exceptions include public transit, health care facilities, and congregate settings.

Read details in the Governor's news release.

Where to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

Arlington County continues to offer free walk-in appointments as well as scheduled weekend appointments for 12-17-year-olds. Check out the full list of clinics around the County.



  • Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Bring any form of identification to confirm your identity (examples include utility bill, paystub, insurance card or a driver’s license).

You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine near you by searching on


COVID-19 News & Notes

Chart of COVID vaccinations in Arlington

Questions about COVID-19? Call the County's public information line at

703-228-7999, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.