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Coronavirus imageUpdated Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020—Center Contracts with Purifi, LLC for Biopurification Services

As the area enters flu season, and as the efforts to contain COVID-19 progress, the McLean Community Center (MCC) is contracting with Purifi, LLC, a McLean-based bio-purification company, to receive a service that effectively reduces the risk of viral and bacterial transmission and infection. MCC received the treatment on Thursday, Oct.1. The completion time to test, treat, re-test and certify the entire facility took between 6 to 8 hours. 

The treatment is administered through spraying a very fine mist that is safe for humans and animals and kills viruses and bacteria on surfaces for 30-60 days. The spray does not leave a residue and is safe to the touch within 20 minutes of the application. This coating application provides enhanced protection by the sustained killing of 99.9% of viruses, including coronaviruses on surfaces. The coating is highly durable and remains effective and active on high-touch surfaces such as door handles, tables, chairs, countertops, and desks, even after frequent cleanings. According to the company, this bio-purification service provides persistent control and protection from the risk of community, workforce, vendor and patron infection from surfaces and HVAC systems.

“We are taking these additional steps to limit the risk of virus transmission from contact surfaces in our facility as a protective measure to our staff and our patrons entering our facility,” says MCC Executive Director George Sachs. “In addition, McLean Community Center is continuing its enhanced daily cleaning protocols in order to protect our patrons and employees.” These protocols are in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Fairfax County Health Department and include asking all who enter the facility to wear masks, practice social distancing, to wash and sanitize their hands and to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to MCC.

Purifi will take readings before they do the first application and then take comparative readings every week through the following eight weeks. The readings will be publicly available on their website, www. https://www.purifiservices.com.

For more information, contact the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.


Updated Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020
Welcome to our Fall 2020 session!
We are very happy to have you participating again in MCC programs both virtually and in-person this fall. For the safety and health of everyone, MCC patrons are being asked to follow a few simple guidelines.

  1. Wearing a mask will be required while you are inside MCC facilities. If you have a condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact us at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, before you arrive to discuss your options.
  2. Maintain six (6) feet social distance from people around you. For passive experiences (e.g., classes, performances, rentals), the distance will be established by the room setup. The only exception will be for members of the same household. Household members may sit closer together but should remain socially distanced from others. Please do not change room setups (chairs, tables, spacing) without permission.
  3. Do a personal health self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to MCC. Known symptoms include fever, nausea or diarrhea, coughing/sneezing, intense headaches, body aches, loss of taste or smell. Before your participation, you will be asked by an MCC representative if you have completed a health self-check and are symptom-free.
  4. As a general practice, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly before coming to MCC or the Old Firehouse and before leaving the facilities. Hand sanitizers are available in our facilities.
  5. Stay up to date on MCC offerings through our website, www.mcleancenter.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook (McLean Community Center); Twitter (@mcleanvacenter); and Instagram (@mcleancenterva) and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter (https://conta.cc/3h54jH2).

    By practicing these simple safeguards, we can all do our part to remain healthy and enjoy MCC programs and services. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support.


Updated Monday, July 6, 2020
—Beginning today, the McLean Community Center will be adhering to Fairfax County Government’s COVID-19 Phase Three Reopening plan.

 

MCC is open to the public; however, the activities and programs being offered are limited. The Old Firehouse Center will remain closed. If you do visit the center, please wear a mask and honor social distancing recommendations.

 

Stay abreast of Center activities by visiting our website and social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) or by signing up to receive our weekly e-newsletter.

Updated Thursday, June 11, 2020—Beginning on Monday, June 15, the McLean Community Center will be adhering to Fairfax County Government’s COVID-19 Phase Two Reopening plan.


While MCC will be open to limited public access, activities and programs remain on hold until further notice. The Old Firehouse Center will remain closed. As soon as we can confirm what we can offer we will post the information on our website, in our weekly e-news blasts, and on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).


We will be managing our building operations with minimal public interaction. To minimize face-to-face public contact, we ask that you continue to contact us online, or by email or phone.


Our goal is to keep you informed and safe as we navigate how to best ease into program offerings.

 

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:

Sincerely,
George Sachs
Executive Director
McLean Community Center