From an April 22nd press release by the Governor’s Office, Governor Ralph Northam announced that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase beginning Saturday, May 15th. The announcement comes as vaccinations continue to rise in the Commonwealth, and more than half of all adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. All Virginians age 16 and older are now eligible to for the vaccine.
The Governor is also optimistic that further steps may be taken as early as June as long as masks, social distancing, and more people get a vaccination.
Some of the details on the ease of restrictions are:
• The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings.
• Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity—up from 30 percent—with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
• Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
• Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
The full press release can be found here.
Updated guidelines for specific sectors can be found here
The full text of Sixth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine is available here.