10/28/2020 9:39 a.m. EDT
With Virginia now in Phase 3, more businesses are able to be open although mask and social distancing requirements still remain in effect across the state.
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.
Social gatherings may include up to 250 people. Because of this many events, including the Salem Fair, have been canceled in 2020.
There are 732 hospitalized patients confirmed positive for COVID-19 in Virginia, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. 336 people are receiving inpatient hospital care and have a pending COVID-19 test result. So far, 19,786 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.
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!