Northam Says No Phase 2 Timeline

Earliest Possible Date Would Be May 29th

May 20, 2020 - 4:57 pm
Governor Ralph Northam provides an update on coronavirus efforts on March 19, 2020.  (Governor's Facebook Page)

(Governor's Facebook Page)


Richmond, Va. ( - Just days into Virginia's partial reopening, Governor Ralph Northam says he does not have a timeline for when Virginia could move further into reopening, known as Phase 2.  Northam says they are constantly looking at the health data.   The earliest Northam says it could happen is May 29th, two weeks from when Virginia entered Phase 1.

Phase 1 did allow restuarants to open with outdoor seating, and retail at 50% capacity.   

Northam also says he does not have a timeline for when the localities that did not reopen could reopen.  Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Accomack County all remain closed.  Northam also says there that data will guide the decisions.

The Governor also expressed concerned about an increase in opioid abuse, saying people who need help should not be afraid to go to a medical professional and get it.