COVID-19 Information/Updates for the Fredericksburg Region
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Dining establishments;
- Food courts;
- Farmers markets;
- Wineries; and
- Tasting rooms.
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.
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.
For the most up-to-date information:
Please visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus or call 1-877-ASK-VDH3