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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Governor Northam Easing Some Restrictions Starting March 1

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Governor Northam Announces Easing of Some Restrictions Starting March 1

Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that as COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates continue to decline and vaccinations rise in Virginia, certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate at increased capacity starting Monday, March 1. He amended Executive Order 72 with the next steps to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. 

The key changes in Executive Order 72 include: 

  • The limit for social gatherings is currently 10 people for both indoor and outdoor events. Effective March 1, this limit will increase to 25 for outdoor gatherings, but remain at 10 indoors. 
  • Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30 percent capacity, whichever is lower. If current trends continue, these venues may be able to operate at 30 percent capacity with no cap on the number of people permitted to attend starting in April. Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 individuals.  
  • Dining establishments: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol will be permitted until midnight, extended from 10 p.m. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms still must be closed between midnight and 5 a.m.  
  • As of May 1, overnight summer camps will be able to open with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.  

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