Governor Ralph Northam released a reminder last week that all social distancing and capacity restrictions in Virginia ended at midnight May 29th.
This comes after he ended the mask wearing mandate for those fully vaccinated on May 14th and comes on the heels of an announcement he made earlier this month of his plans to lift restrictions earlier than the June 15th date previously planned.
In a statement, he said “Commonsense mitigation measures have kept Virginians safe over the last 15 months, and with COVID-19 vaccines now widely available, it is time to begin our new normal. All remaining COVID-19 mitigation measures related to distancing and capacity are lifted.”
Increasing vaccination rates along with dramatically declining Covid-19 cases, statewide positivity rates, hospitalizations and revised federal guidelines have made these new steps possible.
In another statement by Northam he said – “Virginians have been working hard, and we are seeing the results in our strong vaccine numbers and dramatically lowered case counts. That’s why we can safely move up the timeline for lifting mitigation measures in Virginia. I strongly urge any Virginian who is not yet vaccinated to do so—the vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. The message is clear: vaccinations are how we put this pandemic in the rearview mirror and get back to being with the people we love and doing the things we have missed.”
Anyone who has not be vaccinated are still encouraged to wear masts and businesses do have the option to enforce their own rules concerning masks, social distancing and capacity restrictions to help their employees feel safe.