Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced today that the state is on track for a phase one reopening on May 15 but cautioned “if our trends change, we will adjust that date as needed.”
Northam said that the stay-at-home order that had been in effect will now become a “safer-at-home order” and detailed what restrictions would be lifted in a phase one reopening.
Here is what would be allowed in phase one:
- Nonessential retail establishments can increase to 50% capacity.
- If restaurants and breweries already have a permit for outdoor seating, “we’ll allow service in that outdoor area at 50% capacity.”
- Places of worship will be allowed to hold indoor services but only at 50% capacity.
- Personal grooming services can reopen in phase one “if they can adhere to strict social distancing with face masks required and appointments required.”
- Private campgrounds can reopen with restrictions between campsites.
Here's what won’t be allowed to reopen in phase one:
- Overnight summer camps
- Entertainment and amusement venues
- Beaches for anything other than exercising and fishing
"We are not opening the floodgates here, we're not flipping a light switch from closed to open," he said. “We will move forward cautiously with science and with data and safety as our criteria.”
Northam said he expects phase one to last at least two weeks but “it may last longer depending on what the data shows.”