Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that Virginia will be moving into Phase Three of the Forward Virginia Plan beginning on Wednesday, July 1. In the Phase Three Guidelines, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking and a requirement for individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces, and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place.
Highlights of Phase Three include:
- The maximum number of individuals allowed in social gatherings will increase from 50 to 250 people.
- Restaurant and beverage establishments must maintain six feet of distance between tables.
- Fitness centers may open indoors at 75% occupancy.
- Recreation and entertainment venues may operate at 50% occupancy or a maximum of 1,000 individuals.