We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. As the news continues to evolve, know that we are here to support our guests and the local tourism industry and businesses. 

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Update July 3, 2020

We are currently in Forward Virginia – Phase Three.

Under Phase 3, face coverings will be required in indoor public spaces.

The following is an overview of updates regarding specific travel-related business sectors in Virginia.

Restaurants and Beverage Services
Includes: Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, cideries, mobile units (food trucks), distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms.
During Phase 3, businesses should continue to offer takeout and delivery options. If businesses choose to open to dine-in customers, they may do so in indoor and outdoor spaces. All parties must be separated by at least six feet, including in the bar area, (i.e., the six
feet cannot include the space taken up by the seated guest). If tables are not movable, seat parties at least six feet apart. All parties, whether seated together or across multiple tables, must be limited to 250 patrons or less. Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in the bar area (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not
line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating as long as a minimum of six feet is provided between parties at tables. Governor Northam Prohibits Congregating in Bars, Stresses Caution As Virginia Moves to Phase Three, read here.

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Farmers Markets
During Phase 3, farmers markets should continue to offer order ahead and pickup options. On-site shopping is allowed, as long as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to. Employees and vendors working at the farmers markets must wear face coverings over
their nose and mouth. Provide a minimum of six feet between parties at tables and social distancing is adhered to.
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Retail
During Phase 3, occupancy/capacity limits are lifted. Retailers must assist customers in keeping at least six feet of space between individuals or households while shopping and waiting in line.
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Entertainment and Public Amusement | Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Sports
During phase 3, Performing arts venues, concert venues, movie theaters, drive-in entertainment, sports venues, botanical gardens, zoos, fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, museums, aquariums, historic horse racing facilities bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, carnivals, arts and craft facilities, escape rooms, trampoline parks, public and private social clubs, and all other entertainment centers and places of public amusement must either implement the following mandatory requirements or remain closed. Occupancy cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 1000 patrons. All private bookings are limited to no more than 250 people.

Outdoor Motor Speedways
During Phase 3, speedways can be open, but must following mandatory requirements or remained closed. 

Walking or motorized group tours
During Phase 2, reduce walking tour group sizes to maintain six feet of physical distance between all individuals who are not members of the same household. Require all customers to sign a waiver (online, if possible) that states they are healthy and have not exhibited any signs of illness (COVID-19) in the last 14 days.

Phase Three detail guidelines for specific sectors can be found here.
Phase Three Frequently Asked Questions here.

Phase Two guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. Phase One guidelines sectors are available here. Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Update June 2, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Phase Two Guidelines to Further Ease Public Health Restrictions
Phase Two expected to begin Friday June 5, Northern Virginia and Richmond to remain in Phase One

Under Phase 2, Individuals are required to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 50 people.

The following is an overview of updates regarding specific travel-related business sectors in Virginia.

Restaurants and Beverage Services
Includes: Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, cideries, mobile units (food trucks), distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms.
During Phase 2, businesses should continue to offer takeout and delivery options. If businesses choose to open to dine-in customers, they may do so in indoor and outdoor spaces. Occupancy must be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, while maintaining a minimum of six feet of physical distancing between all individuals as much as possible.
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View our our Brewery, Distillery and Winery Info

Farmers Markets
During Phase 2, farmers markets should continue to offer order ahead and pickup options. On-site shopping is allowed, as long as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to. Provide a minimum of six feet between parties at tables and social distancing is adhered to.
View our Regional Farmers Market Info

Retail
During Phase 2, brick and mortar non-essential businesses can open at 50% capacity of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy. Retailers must assist customers in keeping at least six feet of space between individuals or households while shopping and waiting in line.
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Entertainment and Public Amusement
During phase 2, Outdoor performing arts venues, outdoor concert venues, outdoor sports venues, outdoor movie theaters, museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, and public and private social clubs must implement the mandatory requirements or closed.
The indoor locations of all theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, sports venues (except for recreational sports at such facilities), and other indoor entertainment centers must remain closed to the public in Phase 2. Historic horse racing facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks
(except for recreational sports at such facilities), arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, carnivals, arts and craft facilities, escape rooms, trampoline parks, and all other places of indoor public amusement must remain closed to the public in Phase 2.

Walking or motorized group tours
During Phase 2, reduce walking tour group sizes to maintain six feet of physical distance between all individuals who are not members of the same household. Walking tours must be limited to no more than ten persons (including the guide and customers) per tour. Require all customers to sign a waiver (online, if possible) that states they are healthy and have not exhibited any signs of illness (COVID-19) in the last 14 days.

Phase Two guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. Phase One guidelines sectors are available here. Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Five and Order of Public Health Emergency Six is available here.

The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-One can be found here.

Update May 26, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations
Face coverings required in public settings starting Friday, May 29

A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana. Medical-grade masks and personal protective equipment should be reserved for health care professionals. Under the Governor’s executive order, any person age ten and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time in the following public settings:

  • Personal care and grooming businesses
  • Essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Food and beverage establishments
  • Entertainment or public amusement establishments when permitted to open
  • Train stations, bus stations, and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
  • State and local government buildings and areas where the public accesses services
  • Any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes

Exemptions to these guidelines include while eating and drinking at a food and beverage establishment; individuals who are exercising; children under the age of two; a person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible; and anyone with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering. Children over the age of two are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering to the extent possible.

The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five is available here.

Update May 15, 2020

COVID-19: Forward Virginia – Phase One Guidelines Safer at Home: Phase I

Governor Ralph Northam’s guidelines for reopening Virginia is a three-phase plan. Phase 1, “safer at home” was implemented on May 15, 2020. Phase 1 will last at least 2 weeks. On May 13, 2020, Governor Northam announced that Virginia will move into Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan on Friday, May 15, with the exception of certain localities in Northern Virginia. Northern Virginia will delay reopening by two weeks (May 29, 2020).

Under phase 1 of the plan, general guidelines for “safer at home” include continued social distancing, continued teleworking, and continued recommendations for face coverings in public. Non-essential businesses like restaurants and salons can reopen with limited capacity. Guidelines by setting are as follows:

The following is an overview of updates regarding specific travel-related business sectors in Virginia.

Restaurants and Beverage Services
During Phase I, businesses should continue to offer takeout and delivery options. If businesses choose to open to dine-in customers, they may only do so in outdoor spaces if they already have an outdoor seating permit and at 50% capacity.
View our Local Restaurants
View our our Brewery, Distillery and Winery Info

Farmers Markets
During Phase 1, farmers markets should continue to offer order ahead and pickup options. If markets choose to open, they may only do so in outdoor spaces. On-site shopping is allowed, as long as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to. Provide a minimum of six feet between parties at tables and social distancing is adhered to.
View our Regional Farmers Market Info

Retail
During Phase 1, brick and mortar non-essential businesses can open at 50% capacity. Retailers must assist customers in keeping at least six feet of space between individuals or households while shopping and waiting in line.
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Entertainment and Public Amusement
During phase 1, theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers, bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement will remain closed.

Please remember to do your part to help keep you and others safe and healthy.

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Update May 11, 2020

Most of Virginia will be entering phase one on Friday, May 15. Phase one of the “Virginia Forward” plan allows some non-essential businesses to operate with health and safety restrictions in place. Among them: salons can open by appointment only, restaurants can only entertain diners outside with capacity limitations.
See the Forward Virginia Guidelines – Safer at Home: Phase I here.
For All Business Sectors, Restaurants and Beverage Services, Farmers Markets, Brick and Mortar Retail, Fitness and Exercise Facilities, Personal Care and Grooming Services, Campgrounds and Summer Camps, and Religious Services. 

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Update May 9, 2020

Governor Northam announces Phase One Guidelines to slowly east Public Health Restrictions. Phase One will begin no sooner than Friday, May 15. The Phase One guidelines will be implemented when the data meets the public health criteria outlined by the Commonwealth. See the news release here

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Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the the continues spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Governor has also outline additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians. 

See the Governor’s Executive Order on Monday, March 30, 2020

Public and Private Gatherings:

  • Beginning 11:59 PM on March 24, gatherings of more than ten people are banned statewide. See the full text of Executive Order 53, here. For answers to commonly asked questions, please see here
  • Governor Northam is urging Virginians to limit all non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible. Those with chronic health conditions or aged 65 or older should self-quarantine.

Recreation and Entertainment Businesses:

The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
  • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. For answers to commonly asked questions, please see here. For the full text of Executive Order 53, see here.

Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments:

All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:

  • Restaurants;
  • Dining establishments;
  • Food courts;
  • Farmers markets;
  • Breweries;
  • Microbreweries;
  • Distilleries;
  • Wineries; and
  • Tasting rooms.

Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. For answers to commonly asked questions, please see here. For the full text of Executive Order 53, see here.

Retail Businesses:

The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
  • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
  • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
  • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
  • Pet stores and feed stores;
  • Printing and office supply stores; and
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

All essential retail establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.

Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. For answers to commonly asked questions, please see here. For the full text of Executive Order 53, see here.

To see the additional health and safety measures the Governor has outlined, click here.

Regional Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Each locality shares local updates and tips to help keep you safe. Please take to the time sign up for the alerts in the locality you live in. Sign can be found on each government page.

Spotsylvania
Website: spotsylvania.va.us
Facebook: SpotsyGov

Fredericksburg
Website: fredericksburgva.gov
Facebook: FxbgGov

Stafford
Website: staffordcountyva.gov
Facebook: StaffordCountyGovernment

For the most up-to-date information:

Please visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus or call 1-877-ASK-VDH3

Additional Resources:
State of Virginia Government
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

 



Last Updated:
July 1, 2020