Updated Monday, May 11, 2020—To help keep the community healthy and to comply with Virginia Governor Northam’s executive orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board, in cooperation with MCC staff recommendations, has decided to cancel many of the center’s summer programs and events, including McLean Day (scheduled for Saturday, May 16) and the July 4th Fireworks Celebration held at Langley High School.
MCC also is canceling its full-day summer camps, including Camp McLean and The Old Firehouse Summer Camp Trips, and is providing all patrons who have registered for camps a full refund. Without the ability to hire staff, prepare activities and meet licensing requirements, the center is unable to offer these programs. MCC has chosen to announce this decision now to allow patrons and their families the opportunity to make alternative summer plans.
MCC Executive Director George Sachs said, “Depending on the health of our community, we may be able to offer a limited number of special activities in late summer. We will be offering, at no-cost, two- or three-day virtual activities during the time when we would have been holding camps.” The center plans to send patrons an update on its alternative summer programs and offerings as soon as details and information are available. Patrons and residents also can look for updates on the center’s website (www.mcleancenter.org) and social media platforms.
For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For Old Firehouse activities, call 703-448-8336. For The Alden Box Office, call 703-790-9223.
Updated Wednesday, April 8, 2020—McLean Community Center is suspending registrations until further notice. MCC is currently assessing its ability to accommodate summer programs, which involves the hiring of staff, the availability and use of community-based facilities and making reservations at various venues. As soon as decisions have been made, we will inform our patrons. For now, we remain closed to the public and are adhering to the CDC guidelines of restricting group gatherings to less than 10 people.
Updated Wednesday, April 1, 2020—Effective Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m., all Fairfax County Government buildings are closed to the public. This closure will remain in effect indefinitely in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission. Additionally, Fairfax County strongly urges residents to follow the stay-at-home order issued by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday, March 30. The governor’s action remains in effect until June 10. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2yljg5S
Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020—At a Special Meeting of the McLean Community Center (MCC) Governing Board today, the Board unanimously voted to cancel all Center-sponsored activities in the months of April and May, including McLean Day 2020. The action came in response to my recommendations, as I cited the ongoing Centers for Disease Control and Fairfax County Health Department guidelines concerning large gatherings. McLean Day, the center’s largest event, typically draws approximately 10,000 participants.
Absentee voting for the MCC 2020 Governing Board Election, currently underway, will continue through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Due to Governor Northam's Stay-at Home directive, which is in effect until June 10, MCC will not have in-person voting this year. Questions? Please feel free to call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.
Updated Friday, March 20, 2020—I am writing to update you on the current situation at McLean Community Center as we work through the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, Fairfax County Government, the MCC Governing Board and staff are dedicated to taking prudent actions for the continued health and safety of all our patrons and the community at large.
Effective Monday, March 16, in adherence with the County Supervisor’s recommendations all Fairfax County parks, libraries and community facilities are closed to the public. This includes recreation, nature, community, resource and teen centers, golf courses, historic sites, athletic fields and picnic shelters.
In addition, MCC, The Alden Theatre, the Old Firehouse Center and the McLean Project for the Arts will remain closed until further notice. All classes, activities and performances are canceled, as are all scheduled facility rentals, community organization uses and the MCC Governing Board meeting and Public Hearing, which were scheduled for Wednesday, March 25.
We are staying closed an additional two weeks as it is our policy to not hold classes when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed, and because of the CDC guidance, which recommends everyone stay away from gatherings of 10 or more people.
MCC staff members are still working throughout the closing and can be reached by email. Our staff listing is available on our website, here: https://mcleancenter.org/about/staff. Please stay tuned to our website and social media sites for updates as they become available.
We are monitoring the situation and will make a determination about future programs. Our MCC Governing Board Election is underway with absentee voting by mail only, starting today, March 18, and continuing through Wednesday, May 13. You can view the candidates and their personal statements, as well as instructions on how to vote on our website, here: https://mcleancenter.org/general-articles/428-2020-governing-board-candidates.
Finally, please make use of the many Fairfax County resources available to keep you up to date on the situation:
- Visit the Fairfax County website on COVID-19, the Health Department website, see their Frequently Asked Questions, and tips for social distancing.
- Sign up for text message alerts. Text: FFXCOVID to 888777.
- Call the Health Department from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends at 703-267-3511.
- Email: email@example.com. This account will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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