Phase 3 on Wednesday, July 1, Gov. Ralph Northam announced June 23. That includes Northern Virginia, along with the rest of the state.
Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia Plan continues to lift public health restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Health data are moving in a positive direction, Northam said. The number of COVID cases and hospitalizations are declining, and hospitals and clinics have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment. Just 6.4 percent of COVID tests are coming back positive.
Here’s what can happen in Phase 3:
- Non-essential retail – can open at 100 percent capacity; physical distancing required.
- Restaurants and bars – can open at 100 percent capacity; physical distancing required.
- Entertainment and amusements – Museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and outdoor venues can open at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 1,000 people.
- Fitness and exercise – can open at 95 percent capacity.
- Personal grooming – open, physical distancing required.
- Recreational sports – physical distancing required.
- Swimming pools – can open at 75 percent capacity; physical distancing required.
- Gatherings – limited to 250 people.
- Beaches – open.
- Private campgrounds – open.
- State parks – open.
- Overnight summer camps – closed.
- Teleworking – strongly encouraged.
- Face coverings – required.
- In Phase 3, it’s still safer to be at home, especially for vulnerable populations.