UPDATED MARCH 24, 2020: NOVA Parks Open to Trail and Passive Use Only (click for more)
Effective at 11:59 P.M. on March 24, 2020, NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) will move to the Passive stage of it’s Pandemic Plan. At this stage, all entrance gates and parking lots will be closed to vehicular access. The public may continue to use the trail systems and is encouraged to use proper social distancing.
Previously NOVA Parks had closed all buildings, restrooms, golf courses, historical sites, gardens, nature centers, boat launches, playgrounds, campgrounds, and visitor centers. Public access to trails is the same level as Fairfax County Park Authority, Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, and several other area park systems.
These new steps are to help combat the spread of COVID-19. In recent days, many parks have seen high usage in a time when we are working as a society to reduce the spread of the virus. Trails will soon have signs encouraging social distancing.
Visitors who choose to use our trails should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid congregating in groups
- Maintain a 6-foot distance between others
- Avoid touching shared surfaces
- Take trash with you
- Do not park illegally
- Wash hands frequently
As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, the status of NOVA Parks facilities will be continuously re-evaluated.
We look forward to reopening our parks as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in contributing to the health and wellbeing of our entire community. For information on NOVA Parks facilities, please see www.novaparks.com/.
General information on COVID-19, please see the CDC web site at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Information on Governor Northam’s executive actions related to COVID-19 see: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/