August 13, 2022

Alexandria Launches ALX Pledge to Help Businesses Reopen During Pandemic

The ALX Promise sticker will be affixed to the doors or windows of certified businesses. (Alexandria Health Department)

Alexandria, VA – With Northern Virginia on track to begin a phased reopening on Friday, May 29, almost everyone is wondering what the return of businesses will look like. However, with the security measures in place, it will not be a return to the pre-pandemic days.

Under the first phase of Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s (D-VA) “Forward Virginia” plan, restaurants and similar businesses, for example, will only be allowed to operate outdoors at 50% off. their capacity. Establishments must have a permit to sit outside. Takeaway meals are not affected. Retail stores will also be allowed to operate at half capacity. Businesses operating inside will remain closed.

Trae Lamond, owner of Chadwicks restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, endorses the new ALX Promise program hoping diners will be confident by seeing the signs and stickers on his establishment that he is following all CDC guidelines for sanitation and safety. (Photo: Lucelle O’Flaherty)

ALX Promise, a new program administered by the Alexandria Department of Health (AHD), has a dual mission. Designed in partnership with Visit Alexandria and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, it aims to make safety a priority and help revive the city’s economy.

In this age of caution, when residents and visitors go out, they’ll likely see new stickers on the windows or doors of their favorite restaurants and stores. If a business displays a sticker, it means it has participated in a training program and is taking precautions to protect customers and employees from illness.

“The ALX Promise program demonstrates the commitment of the tourism and hospitality community to go above and beyond to be a safe and welcoming destination,” said Patricia Washington, President and CEO of Visit Alexandria.


The ALX Promise program is voluntary, but at the time of this writing, more than 200 businesses in Alexandria are members. According to Visit Alexandria, to receive certification, one must do the following:

1. Sign a pledge to follow all federal, state, and local guidelines for reopening, including:

a) Follow all appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures
b) Implement physical distancing practices within their company
c) Require employees to wear appropriate protective equipment and communicate the expectation that customers wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible

2. Complete AHD employee training, which includes guidance on consumer safety and alcoholic beverage regulations.

3. Conduct a one-on-one consultation with the Alexandria Health Department to ensure the business is ready to reopen in a safe and welcoming manner.

4. Agree to follow all future guidelines as Alexandria enters new phases.

One of the restaurants signed with ALX Promise is Chadwicks Restaurant, located at 203 The Strand in Old Town. Its owner, Trae Lamond, told the Zebra that he was “more comfortable reopening knowing the rules and best practices suggested by the health department. These guidelines are easy to follow and will keep my staff and guests safe, and it is my number one priority.

Companies can register HERE. Registration is free. Once the form is submitted, AHD staff will follow up to schedule training. Sessions can be completed one-on-one or in groups.

All certified businesses will be listed on the Visit Alexandria website.

RELATED: Alexandria City Council approves opening sidewalks and parking lots for outdoor dining tables

Post views:

Source link