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Phase Three set to begin in Virginia on July 1

Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement Tuesday afternoon

RICHMOND, Va. – We now know when Virginia will move into Phase Three of opening.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Wednesday, July 1 is when Phase Three will begin.

Last week, the governor’s office released a 38-page document outlining Phase Three guidelines.

These are some of the changes we’ll see during Phase 3:

  • Social gatherings may include up to 250 people
  • Cap on capacity for non-essential retail as well as restaurants will be lifted; however, physical distancing requirements will still remain
  • Museums, zoos and other outdoor venues can open at 50% capacity with a cap at 1,000 people
  • Gyms and other fitness centers will be able to open at 75% capacity
  • Personal grooming services will still need to follow physical distancing requirements
  • Swimming pools can open at 75% capacity with physical distancing

Certain aspects of Phase Two will continue in Phase Three:

  • It still means you’re safer at home
  • Teleworking remains encouraged
  • Face coverings are still required in indoor public spaces
  • Overnight summer camp will still be closed
  • Recreational sports will still require physical distance

About the Author:

Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.