Phase 2 opening starts Friday in Virginia

The governor’s office released a 41-page document outlining Phase Two guidelines.

These are some of the changes we’ll see during Phase Two:

  • Gatherings will be limited to 50 people, rather than 10
  • Entertainment venues are able to open
  • Restaurants can have indoor seating again, limited to 50% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers can have indoor classes and workouts, limited to 30% capacity
  • Certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions
    • These venues include museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and outdoor concert, sporting, and performing arts venues. 
  • Swimming pools may also expand operations to both indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction.
  • Recreational sports can again happen, with physical distance requirements in place

Certain aspects of Phase One will continue in Phase Two:

  • Face coverings will be required in indoor spaces
  • Social distancing and telework will remain recommended practice
  • Guidelines for religious services, non-essential retail, and personal grooming services will largely remain the same

The governor plans to talk more about what Phase Two on Thursday.