Virginia governor increases capacity limits for outdoor sports – STL.news
Governor Northam increases capacity limits at outdoor sports and entertainment venues as hospitalizations and infection rates from COVID-19 continue to decline and vaccinations increase
Indoor capacity limits remain in place, overnight summer camps may open May 1 with mitigating measures
RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph northam announced today that as hospitalizations and infection rates related to COVID-19 continue to decline and vaccinations increase in Virginia, some outdoor sports and entertainment venues may start operating at a capacity increased from Monday March 1. He amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps in the âForward Virginiaâ plan to gradually and safely relax public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus.
“Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of all Virginians, hospitalization and positivity rates across the Commonwealth are the lowest they have been in almost three months,” Governor Northam said. âAs key health indicators show encouraging trends and as we continue to scale up our immunization efforts, we can begin to gradually resume some recreational activities and further reopen sectors of our economy. Even as we take steps to safely relax public health guidelines, we must all remain vigilant so that we can sustain our progress – the longer we stay home, mask and practice social distancing, the more lives we will save from this. dangerous virus. “
The Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with strict and ongoing health and safety protocols, including physical distancing, mask wearing requirements, collection limits and restrictions on commercial capacity. The current modified stay-at-home order will expire on February 28, 2021.
Governor Northam is starting to ease public health restrictions by taking action to increase capacity limits outdoors, where evidence shows the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19 is lower. The main changes in the Third Amended Executive Decree Seventy-Two include:
- Social gatherings: The maximum number of people allowed in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 25 people for outdoor configurations, while remaining to 10 people for indoor configurations.
- Entertainment venues: Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate with up to 1,000 people or at 30% capacity, whichever is less. If current trends continue, these sites could operate at 30% of their capacity with no cap on the number of people allowed to attend from April. Indoor and public entertainment venues must continue to operate at 30% capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 people.
- Catering establishments: The sale, consumption and possession of alcohol on site will be authorized until midnight, extended from 10 p.m. All restaurants, food establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries and tasting rooms should always be closed between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
- Night summer camps: As of May 1, summer camps will be able to open with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.
The new guidelines will be in effect for at least a month, and mitigation measures could be relaxed further if key health indicators continue to improve. Current guidelines for retail, fitness and exercise, large entertainment venues and personal care services will remain in place. Individuals are strongly encouraged to continue telecommuting if possible.
The full text of the Third Amended Executive Decree 72 and the New Public Health Emergency Ordinance is available here. Updated guidelines for specific industries are available here.
Last week, Governor Northam amended Executive Order 72 to increase the number of spectators allowed at outdoor youth sporting events to 250.