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Monday, March 23, 2020

Reston and COVID-19: Links and the Latest (Updated 3/27)

• Another sign of the impact that's already being felt:

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Despite strong recommendations from federal, state and county officials to cancel large gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Reston Association allowed social gatherings with more than 20 people to take place at The Lake House.

• Not all work has slowed to a halt this week:

• Looking for something to do this weekend? The Reston Museum has a Founding Principles scavenger hunt. One item on the list looks like... something we don't want to find at the moment:

• Better than Tinder a soap opera during this time of social distancing:

• Add Kalypso’s at Lake Anne to the growing list of closing restaurants.

• County deliberation on the Reston Master Plan has been postponed.

• RA extends cancelations of basically everything through the end of April, but assessments are still due March 31. They’re extending phone hours to help people figure out how to pay using (shudder) WebTrac.

• The new normal:

• Reston YMCA to distribute produce. Also offering virtual activities.

• Roer's Zoofari (formerly Reston Zoo) seeks support feeding and caring for animals after closing its doors to the public and field trips.

• Metro closes 19 stations, but Wiehle-Reston East remains open.

• Fairfax County closing all government facilities and buildings at 5pm Friday. County parks already closed, though trails remain open for use.

• See them while you can!

• Fairfax Connector suspends fare collection, asks passengers to enter and exit through rear doors.

• All Virginia schools closed through the end of the school year, sports and extracurriculars canceled. This note from Herndon HS:

• A list of grocery store special hours for seniors and at-risk shoppers.

• Fairfax County closes all park authority playgrounds, skate parks, and restrooms.

• An (unverified) sign of what's to come -- both in terms of the economic toll and the growing anger:

• From Hunter Mill Supt. Walter Alcorn, a list of ways to help/volunteer. A new need: ponchos and rain gear for the Embry Rucker shelter:

• Cabin fever sets in:

• Just weeks after the Lake Anne eatery opened:

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Lake Anne's Cafe Montmartre also has closed indefinitely.

• Reston Hospital Center is "prepared" for a surge in COVID cases.

GoFundMe for the bartenders of Cooper's Hawk in Reston.

Relief for Uncle Julio's of Reston employees.

Red's Table employee relief fund.

Relief for Crafthouse employees.

Relief for Team Passionfish.

• Social distancing:

• Tired: Twitter snaps of empty grocery shelves:

Wired: Twitter snaps teasing the possibility of snagging a single sad four-pack of single-ply:

• And lest we forget, our own link to a viral outbreak continues to be used to justify calling COVID-19 the "Wuhan virus" or "Chinese virus:"

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