Governor Unveils Phase One Guidelines

May 08, 2020 - 3:52 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Richmond, VA _   Under guidelines laid out by Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday for Phase One of reopening Virginia, the 10 person limit on gatherings will remain through phase 1 which may start could start May 15 if current trends remain unchanged.  Northam says some businesses that deemed non-essential would be able to reopen, however,  with limited capacity, but entertainment and fitness facilities would remain closed.

Under Phase One all employees would be required to wear masks, additionally:

Non-essential retail will open with 50-percent capacity.

Restaurants can reopen with outdoor seating at 50 percent capacity.

Day cares will remain open for working families.

Churches can continue drive-in services and do inside services at 50 percent capacity and social distancing.

Entertainment and amusement venues will remain closed.

Barbers and hair salons can open and operate by appointment only, with masks required for both employees and customers.

Gyms will be allowed to hold outdoor fitness classes limited to 10 people or less with at least 10 feet between them.

Beaches to remain open to only exercise and fishing.

Private campgrounds can open. State parks will phases overnight stays back in.


Northam reiterated that some localities could choose to keep the current order, or more stringent restrictions, in place if needed, particularly in hotspots like Northern Virginia and the Eastern shore.  He adds that Phase One of the state's reopening could last two weeks or more.