Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate to Align with CDC, Announces Virginia to End COVID-19 Restrictions on May 28

(May 28, 2021)  UPDATE 

The statewide social distancing and capacity restrictions have been lifted.  They were lifted at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, May 27.  But face masks are still required on public transportation (buses, trains, and planes), and in health care settings, child-care settings, and K-12 schools.

CDC Guidance for Child Care Settings remains in place.  The Virginia Department of Health along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that masks be used indoors for
children over age two and for all staff in child care settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated should continue to wear masks and social distance.  Businesses can require patrons to wear masks and individuals can continue to wear masks if they choose.


(May 14, 2021)

 Virginia has administered nearly 7 million vaccines, 63 percent of Virginia adults have received at least one dose 

  •     Governor lifts Virginia’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with CDC’s new guidance.
  •      Governor announces Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on Friday, May 28, two weeks earlier than planned.
  •    The updates to Virginia’s mask policy become effective at midnight tonight (Friday, May 14, 2021) along with previously announced changes to mitigation measures.
  • Here is the governor’s announcement in a new video message.


CDC Mask Wearing Guidance:

The CDC guidelines state that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings, except on public transit, in health care facilities, and in congregate settings. Businesses retain the ability to require masks in their establishments. Employees who work in certain business sectors—including restaurants, retail, fitness, personal care, and entertainment—must continue to wear masks unless fully vaccinated, per CDC guidance. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings.