County Offices Closed Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy

Fairfax County Government Offices, community centers and SACCs will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Fairfax County Government Offices will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 30 and employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel will report as scheduled, according to Fairfax County Government.

Fairfax County Public Schools and Offices will also be closed Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy. Other business closings and county cancellations include:

  • Board of Supervisors Meeting will still take place at noon but presentations are canceled and public hearings will be deferred.
  • Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed Tuesday.
  • Absentee voting is canceled for Tuesday.
  • School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
  • Park Authority facilities including RECenters will be closed unless they’re being used as a shelter.
  • Neighborhood and Community Services, including community, teen and senior Centers will be closed.
  • Libraries will be closed.
  • The health department and facilities will be closed.
  • Transportation: Connector, Fastran, VRE Fairfax Connector bus service will not be in service on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Fastran will only transport critical medical care appointments
  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE) operations have been suspended Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Trash Pickup for residents who live in Solid Waste Collection Areas (Sanitary Districts) are also canceled for Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline has been activated and is available for residents to call for information about the storm. The number is 571-350-1300, TTY 711.  For an emergency, call 9-1-1.

William Campenni October 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM
After ". . . a long career in print journalism" you should know it's "effect".
Dave Webster October 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Here is a link to an article which partially explains the Board's position on Hurricane Sandy. The Board of Elections sent a memo to registrars on Saturday (why didn't they release the memo to the general public?) offering guidance on relaxing its standards for allowing absentee voting. "This guidance is not intended as a free-for-all or no-excuse absentee voting," Donald Palmer, the board's secretary, said in a memo to registrars on Saturday. "However, due to the state of emergency and the uncertainty regarding the impact of the storm, it is important that we permit voters with legitimate worries about their location or their ability to make it to the polls on Election Day to cast a ballot," he added." http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2012/oct/29/tdmain01-state-will-ask-voter-registrars-to-extend-ar-2318722/
Laurie Dodd October 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Dave, your comment is consistent with what I was told by a Fairfax County election official today. The permissible reasons for voting absentee are set by state law, and the governor cannot unilaterally add another reason. For those who work some distance from home, reason 1E makes sense: "I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day." Giving the uncertainty how long a commute may take, particularly with fallen trees, flooding, and other storm-related problems, it is possible that a commute may cause a workday to last that long - think back to "Snowmaggedon." The governor has directed election officials to be "accommodating," so I believe this logic should be enough for a registered voter to be allowed to use the in-person absentee process to cast a vote. Exercising this vital right should not be put at risk due to unpredictable road conditions.
Laurie Dodd October 31, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Those who are uncertain of their availability to vote on Nov. 6 should cast an in-person absentee ballot. Voting locations have re-opened now that the storm has passed. Hours at the North County Government Services Building on Cameron Glen in Reston have been expanded, noon - 8pm on weekdays, 8am-5pm Saturday. Other satellite locations have similar hours. The Fairfax County Government Center will take in-person absentee votes from 8am-8pm on weekdays. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee.htm
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