Forward Virginia: Phase 3

This third phase under the Forward Virginia plan further eases restrictions on businesses. These businesses and facilities will be allowed to serve a limited number of customers indoors with continued public health precautions. The Prince William County Government press release on Phase 3 can be found here.

Send general questions to: business@virginia.gov

Find additional business resources including signage toolkits here.

Find a more detailed list of FAQs that are industry-specific here.

Find mandatory requirements, best practices, additional considerations and display resources here.

Online Complaint Report for Violations of Executive Order 63 (Face Coverings) and Executive Order 65 (Phase Two Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions)

-Or Call-

1-877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343)

The following businesses may operate in a limited capacity:

  • Restaurants and beverage services may operate with at least six feet of spacing between tables. Additional information can be found here.
  • Farmers markets may operate with six feet of physical distance maintained between patrons (including between tables and persons on public sidewalks).
  • Non-essential retail may operate with six feet of physical distance maintained between patrons.
  • Personal care and personal grooming services may operate with six feet of separation between stations and clients.
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, and indoor exercise facilities may operate at up to 75% occupancy load with at least 10 feet of spacing between individuals.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools may operate at up to 75% occupancy load with at least 10 feet of physical distance between individuals not from the same household.
  • Private campgrounds may operate while limiting on-site social gatherings to less than 250.
  • Performing arts venues, concert venues, movie theaters, drive-in entertainment, sports venues, botanical gardens, zoos, fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, museums, aquariums, historic horse racing facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, carnivals, arts and craft facilities, escape rooms, trampoline parks, public and private social clubs, and all other entertainment centers and places of public amusement may operate at the lesser of 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 1000 patrons.
  • Horse and livestock shows may operate at up to 50% occupancy load or 250 persons, with six feet of physical distance maintained between persons not from the same household.

All workplaces should follow the Guidelines for All Business Sectors, including the recommendations for physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, and enhanced workplace safety. These guidelines may be found here.

The Emergency Vendor List includes vendors used by the Va. Dept. of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Va. Dept. of General Services – Division of Purchases & Supply (DPS) during a “state of public emergency”.  The list may be utilized to quickly obtain supplies and services to provide assistance to those in need. This can be found here.

All other categories of business should utilize teleworking as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses should adhere to the Guidelines for All Business Sectors, including the recommendations for physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, and enhanced workplace safety. These guidelines may be found here.

The following sources provide additional workplace guidance for operations that remain open: