Phased Reopening Information

As businesses begin to look at reopening and/or planning to transition to the ’new normal,’ there are a number of factors to consider and decisions to be made. Check back frequently for updates and new information as Virginia moves forward into recovery. 

April 1, 2021 Update

Governor's Executive Order Amended 72

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 50 people for indoor settings and 100 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues: All indoor and outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity. Indoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity or with a maximum of 500 people, an increase from the current cap of 250 people. Outdoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity, with no specific cap on the number of attendees. These venues were previously limited to 30 percent capacity or up to 1,000 attendees, whichever was fewer. 
  • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events will increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for indoor settings, and from 250 to 500 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for outdoor settings.
  • In-person graduation and commencement events: Last week, Governor Northam issued preliminary guidance on safe in-person graduations and commencements, which included a cap of 5,000 people or 30 percent of the venue capacity for outdoor events, whichever is less. Events held indoors may have up to 500 people, or 30 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is less. Attendees must wear masks and follow other guidelines and safety protocols to ensure proper distancing.

February 24, 2021 update

Governor's Executive Order Amended 72

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 25 people for outdoor settings, while remaining at 10 persons for indoor settings.
  • Entertainment venues: 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 10:00 p.m. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms still must be closed between midnight and 5:00 a.m. 
  • Overnight summer camps: As of May 1, overnight summer camps will be able to open with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.

Phase 3 EO73-Amended3


November 13, 2020 updates to executive orders 67 & 63 

Governor's Executive Order 67

Governor's Executive Order 63

FAQ from the Governor’s Amended Executive Order 63 and Sixth Amended Executive Order 67

Amended EO63 and Sixth Amended EO67 Quick Facts: 

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person social gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. 
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

 

When do these changes go into effect? How long will they last?

Amended EO63 and Sixth Amended EO67 shall be effective 12:00 a.m., Monday, November 16, 2020, and shall remain in full force and effect until amended or rescinded by further executive order.

 

Does the gathering ban apply to:

-Churches? 

The social gathering limit does not apply to religious services. Religious services of more than 25 people are required to meet distancing, cleaning, and safety restrictions, including seating parties a minimum of six feet apart and mandatory face coverings.

-Schools?

The social gathering limit applies only to social gatherings. The presence of more than 25 individuals assembled in an educational instructional setting is not a gathering. Social gatherings that take place at schools (ie, graduation ceremonies) must be limited to no more than 25 people. 

-Work?

The social gathering limit applies only to social gatherings. The presence of more than 25 individuals performing functions of their employment or assembled in an educational instructional setting is not a gathering.

-Thanksgiving? 

Yes. All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 25 individuals are prohibited. A gathering includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors.

-Weddings? 

Religious services may occur provided individuals attending religious services must be seated at least six feet apart at all times and must practice physical distancing at all times. Any social gathering held in connection with a religious service, like a wedding reception, is subject to the ban on public and private in-person gatherings of more than 25 people.

-Restaurants? Businesses?

No, the social gathering ban does not apply to businesses. Some businesses (ie, restaurants) are prohibited from hosting over 25 people in a party, however they may still have more than 25 people on their premises if six feet of physical distance allows. The 25 person gathering ban DOES apply to private parties and social events that may be hosted at restaurants, breweries, wineries, or entertainment and public amusement venues -- for example, wedding receptions.

 

What changed in the mask order?

All individuals aged 5 and older must wear face coverings in indoor public settings, including schools and childcare. 

 

Has enforcement of the mask order change?

No. 

 

What is the deal with essential retail businesses?

The Commonwealths public health experts have been recommending that essential retail businesses use the best practices on physical distancing, disinfection, and workplace safety in Guidelines for All Business Sectors. This will now be mandatory for all essential retail businesses, and is enforceable with a Class One misdemeanor. 

 

Tell me about the restaurant curfew?

Alcohol sales at restaurants, breweries, wineries, etc. must end by 10:00 p.m. Dining rooms must be closed between midnight and 5:00 a.m. Delivery and takeout services are unaffected.

 

What else is changed?

  • Spectators at recreational sporting events are now limited to 30% occupancy or 25 spectators per field. Marathons and foot races are now limited to 250 participants, if they can be separated into heats of 25. 
  • Entertainment and public amusement venues, and racetracks and speedways are now limited to 30% occupancy or 250 people. 
  • Fitness and Exercise group classes are now limited to 25 people. 
  • Public beaches must prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people. 



Forward virginia - GOVERNOR’S information

phase 3 begins on july 1 - Phase 3 informationPhase 3 Info

Click here for Phase 3 Guidelines

  • All Business Sectors - Page 1-4
  • Social Gatherings - Page 5 - 7
  • Restaurants and Beverage Services - Page 8 - 11
  • Farmers Markets - Page 12 - 13
  • Brick and Mortar Retail - Page 14 - 16
  • Fitness and Exercise Facilities - Page 17 - 19
  • Swimming Pools - Page 20 - 21
  • Recreational Sports - Page 22 -23
  • Personal Care and Personal Grooming Service - Page 24 - 26
  • Campgrounds and Overnight Summer Camps - Page 27 - 28
  • Entertainment and Public Amusement - Page 29 - 31
  • Religious Services - Page 32 - 35
  • Horse and Other Livestock Shows - Page 36-38

phase 2 information

Click here for Phase 2 Guidelines

  • Guidelines for all Business Sectors - Page 1-4 
  • Social Gatherings - Page 5 - 8
  • Restaurants and Beverage Services - Page 9 - 13
  • Farmers Markets - Page 14 - 16
  • Brick and Mortar Retail - Page 17 - 19
  • Fitness and Exercise Facilities - Page 20 - 22
  • Swimming Pools - Page 23 - 24
  • Recreational Sports - Page 25 -26
  • Personal Care and Personal Grooming Service - Page 27 - 29
  • Campgrounds and Overnight Summer Camps - Page 30 - 31
  • Entertainment and Public Amusement - Page 32 - 36
  • Religious Services - Page 37 - 41

The Governor has set up an email address for specific questions - business@virginia.gov

regional resources

ForwardRVA - Richmond region business, community, and governmental leaders have come together to form ForwardRVA, a coalition focused on creating an innovative reopening and planning framework-  forwardrva.com.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce has released plan, Blueprint for Getting Virginian’s Back to Work and a new website www.GetVaBackToWork.com

virginia small business development center - recovery resources

The Virginia SBDC Network staff is located throughout the state and is able to meet with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to assist with your questions. They offer confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help create a strategy specific to your business needs, and your local SBDC has community contacts, specialized expertise, and resources that will strengthen your efforts. The Virginia SBDC has created checklists to help guide businesses through important questions to reimagine your business and find success in a post-world crises. 

www.virginiasbdc.org/recoveryresourcecenter