Northam announces bar seating will remain closed under Phase Three
To reduce the likelihood of patrons gathering in bar areas without observing social distancing guidelines, bar seating and congregating areas of restaurants will remain closed except for those passing through. Restaurants may use non-bar seating in the bar area, such as high-top tables, as long as a minimum of six feet between them is provided. Virginia does not allow establishments to only serve alcohol, they all must serve food.
“In Virginia, our hospitalization rates have fallen, our percentage of positive tests continues to trend downward, and we are conducting more than 10,000 tests each day,” Northam said in a news release. “We want these trends to continue, but if our public health metrics begin moving in the wrong direction, I will not hesitate to take action to protect the health and safety of our communities.”
Despite these positive trends, Gov. Northam is monitoring increases in several states, and taking proactive steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia. All Virginians must continue to comply with the statewide face covering requirement in indoor public spaces, and Virginians are strongly encouraged to continue teleworking if possible, wash hands regularly, maintain six feet of physical distance when not at home, and get tested immediately if COVID-19 symptoms arise.
Sector-specific guidelines for Phase Three can be found here.
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