We are currently in Forward Virginia – Phase Three. 

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As of April 1:

Governor Ralph Northam has amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus.
See latest press release here.

The key changes in the Third Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two include:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 25 to 100 people for outdoor settings, while remaining at 10 to 50 persons for indoor settings.
  • Entertainment venues: All entertainment venues must continue to operate at 30% capacity. Indoor venues will have a 500-person cap. 
  • Indoor Recreational Sporting events: The number of spectators permitted at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30% capacity, whichever is less. For outdoor settings, the limit will increase from 250 to 500 people per field or 30% capacity, whichever is less.
  • 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.

The full text of Third Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine is available here. Updated guidelines for specific sectors can be found here.



New Coronavirus measures took effect on Monday, December 14:

A modified stay-at-home order and the new restrictions will take effect Monday, December 14. The new regulations do not alter capacity limits at restaurants, hotels or campgrounds, and previous guidelines for businesses remain in effect.

Here are some highlights from the new restrictions:

  • A universal mask requirement for all indoor spaces or outdoors if within 6 feet of another individual
  • Social gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people (down from 25)
  • Individuals are required to remain at home every day between midnight and 5 a.m., but obtaining food and goods, traveling to/ from work, and seeking medical attention are exempt from this requirement
  • Restaurants must continue to end sales of alcohol after 10 p.m., and restaurants must close to in-person dining by midnight
  • Stepped-up enforcement at businesses

Read the Executive Order here.

We are currently in Forward Virginia – Phase Three.
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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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. All private bookings are limited to no more than 10 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.

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

Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

For the most up-to-date information:
Please visit Virginia Department of Health online or call 1-877-ASK-VDH3

Additional Resources:
State of Virginia Government
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Covid-19 travel restrictions state by state
COVID-19 Traveler Information – United States Department of State

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.
Website: spotsylvania.va.us
Facebook: SpotsyGov

Website: fredericksburgva.gov
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Website: staffordcountyva.gov
Facebook: StaffordCountyGovernment




Last Updated:
April 7, 2021