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Northam introduces Phase Three guidelines

19 June 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Although Virginia will not enter into Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan this week, Gov. Northam presented what the third phase of easing public health restrictions will look like.

Under Phase Three, Virginia will maintain a “Safer at Home” strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and required face coverings for individuals  in indoor public settings.

In the new phase, individuals allowed in social gatherings will increase from 50 to 250 people.

For restaurant and beverage establishments, they will be required to maintain six feet of distance between tables. All parties, whether seated together or across multiple tables, must be limited to 250 patrons or less.

Recreation and entertainment venues may operate at 50 percent capacity, or a maximum of 1,000 people.

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open at up to 75 percent capacity. Free swim will be permitted as well.

Fitness centers will be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity. Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must remain closed. Swimming pools may operate in accordance with Phase Three guidelines.

All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize, and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place. 

Northam said the earliest Phase Three will begin is next Friday, June 26.

Phase Three guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. 

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