Virginia to move into Phase 3 on July 1

Virginia will move into Phase 3 of the Commonwealth's reopening plan beginning Wednesday, July 1, Gov. Ralph Northam said in a press conference Tuesday from Richmond. 

As Northam announced last Thursday, some restrictions will still be in order while others are eased. 

Highlights of Phase 3 will include the following: 

  • Social distancing restrictions are required.
  • Face coverings are required in public indoor buildings. 
  • Social gathering maximum will increase to 250. 
  • Non-essential retail businesses, restaurants and beverage services may return to full capacity with social distancing guidelines. 
  • Personal grooming businesses must follow social distancing guidelines. 
  • Recreational sporting activities must follow social distancing guidelines. 
  • Entertainment facilities such as museums, zoos, and outdoor venues may open at 50 percent capacity with limits of 1,000 people. 
  • Gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools may open at 75 percent capacity. 
  • Overnight summer camps remain closed. 
 Northam said that areas such as Northern Virginia, which were behind the rest of the state in phase progression due to higher cases of COVID-19, will also now move into Phase 3 unless officials in those localities request otherwise.