Phase Three of business reopening in Virginia underway

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – Virginia moves into Phase Three of economic reopening Wednesday, July 1. He made the announcement during a briefing last week. Watch it here.

The move comes after about three and a half weeks of being in Phase Two.

In Phase Three, Northam said the Commonwealth will maintain a “Safer at Home” strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking, and the requirement that people wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The maximum number of people allowed in social gatherings increases from 50 to 250 people. All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces, and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place, said Northam.

Restaurant and beverage establishments are required to maintain six feet of distance between tables, fitness centers may open indoor areas at 75 percent occupancy, and recreation and entertainment venues at may operate at 50 percent occupancy, or a maximum of 1,000 people. Swimming pools may also expand operations to free swim in addition to indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction. Overnight summer camps remain closed in Phase Three.

Phase Three guidelines for specific sectors can be found here.

View the slides about Phase Three here.

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