Forward Virginia: Phase 2

This second phase under the Forward Virginia plan further eases restrictions on restaurants, exercise facilities and swimming pools These businesses and facilities will be allowed to serve a limited number of customers indoors with continued public health precautions. 

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Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets may operate at up to 50% capacity in both indoor and outdoor dining areas with at least 6 feet between tables, while bar seating remains closed. Employers must provide face coverings for employees, and they must be worn in customer dining and service areas. The detailed set of requirements for food and beverage establishments may be found here.

Non-essential retail businesses must limit their operations to no more than 50% occupancy load with adequate physical distancing of 6 beet between customers. If they cannot limit their operations to no more than 50% occupancy with adequate physical distancing, then they must close. Employers must provide face coverings for employees and they must be worn in customer-facing areas. The detailed set of requirements for non-essential retail may be found here.

Personal care and personal grooming businesses must limit their operations to no more than 50% of the occupancy load with at least 6 feet between stations and no more than two clients per service provider at a time. If they cannot limit their operations in such a way, then they must close. Employees, service providers, and clients must wear face coverings. No service that requires removal of a facial covering may be offered.

The detailed set of requirements for personal care and personal grooming operations may be found here.

Exercise and fitness facilities may open with up to 30% of the minimum occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy. Individuals must maintain ten feet of physical distancing.

Equipment should be spaced 10 feet apart in order for patrons to maintain physical distance. All staff should maintain at least ten feet of separation from patrons and each other at all times. Facilities are required to perform thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces every 60 minutes, while disinfecting all equipment between each customer and prohibiting the use of equipment that cannot be thoroughly disinfected (e.g., climbing ropes, exercise bands).

Facilities should also prohibit the use of equipment requiring more than one person to operate, unless those operating are from the same household (e.g., free weights requiring a spotter). This equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between customers.

The full set of guidelines may be found here.

For the Prince William County Parks COVID-19 Resumptions of Operations Timeline click here.

Indoor and outdoor recreational sports may occur if ten feet of physical distancing can be maintained by all instructors, participants, and spectators, with the exception of incidental contact or contact between members of the same household. This applies during instruction, practice, and during competitive events. Competition that involves close contact with other athletes must be avoided.

The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) of outdoor recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 50 persons. For youth recreational sports, spectators may not be present except parents, guardians, or caretakers supervising children and other children in their care.

The total number of attendees for indoor recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 30% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy or 50 persons. For indoor recreational sports, spectators may not be present except parents or guardians who are supervising children.

For the Prince William County Parks return to play guidelines click here.

The following businesses may operate in a limited capacity:

  • Outdoor performing arts venues, outdoor concert venues, outdoor sports venues, outdoor movie theaters, and public and private social clubs may operate with occupancy limited to the lesser of 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 50 patrons.
  • Museums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos may operate with occupancy limited to 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy.
  • Drive-in entertainment venues may also operate as long as vehicles remain six feet apart, individuals remain in their vehicles except to use a restroom, and all performers maintain 10 feet of physical distance.

Click here for additional information on Entertainment and Public Amusement, including what should remain closed.

Private campgrounds may rent lots for stays shorter than 14 days and may continue to rent lots for stays longer than 14 days. For stays shorter than 14 days, private campgrounds must provide at least 20 feet of separation between units. Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings. The detailed set of requirements for private campgrounds may be found here.

Social gatherings must be limited to 50% of the occupancy of the event space, if applicable, or 50 participants.

Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via “drive-through” worship. Beginning at 12am on Friday, May 15, 2020, religious services may occur at no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy of the room or facility in which the religious services are conducted. The full set of guidelines for religious services may be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions can be found here

Additional categories such as hotels, car dealerships and shopping malls can be found here.