1/18/2021 11:45 a.m. EDT
On Dec. 10, Gov. Northam announced new restrictions for all Virginians that will remain in place until repealed.
While in Phase 3, Virginia is operating in a “safer a home” mindset. Businesses are required to maintain at least 10 feet of distance for establishments where exercise activities, singing, or cheering is performed, and at least 6 feet of distance for all other settings.
Businesses and facilities
Non-essential retail and restaurants no longer have a cap on capacity as Virginia is in Phase 3; however, social distancing requirements still remain in effect.
With new restrictions, social gatherings are now limited to 10 people. Gov. Northam has also put a modified stay-at-home order in place from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
There are 3,151 hospitalized patients confirmed positive for COVID-19 in Virginia, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. 372 people are receiving inpatient hospital care and have a pending COVID-19 test result. So far, 35,476 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.
While Virginia remains in Phase 3, masks are required inside businesses. Gov. Ralph Northam has said that businesses should consider a “no shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service” policy. Businesses that don’t enforce social distancing and masks could have their licenses on the line, according to the governor.
Virginia is taking a three-phased approach to rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine. The first group to receive the vaccine will be the nearly 500,000 Virginians who either health care workers or residents of long-term care facilities.
Roanoke City Schools are planning to begin virtually. Roanoke County Public Schools have PreK-2nd grade students in school 5 days a week, With 3rd through 12th grade starting with two days a week in-person and three days online. Here’s a full breakdown of when and how Southwest Virginia students will return to school this fall.
Valley Metro is again collecting fares. Those using public transportation are required to wear a face covering. Buses are capped at 15 passengers at a time.
How to help
One way to help those in need is by donating blood. Currently, all blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
How to get help
Struggling with addiction while socially isolating? There are still ways you can get help!