25 People at Outdoor Social Gatherings in Virginia

Beginning today In Virginia:

(March 1, 2021)

  • Social gatherings: For outdoor social gatherings you can now have 25 people (up from 10 people) but indoor gatherings still remain at 10 people.
  • Stay-at-home order from midnight to 5 a.m. has been removed.
  • Dining establishments: Cutoff time for alcohol sales in restaurant dining rooms is now midnight (extended from 10:00 p.m.)

 

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Gov. Northam Relaxes Some COVID-19 Restrictions

(February 24, 2021)

Governor Northam has amended Executive Order 72 to expand opportunities for outdoor activities in light of improving COVID-19 case statistics.

These amendments will be effective March 1 and follow the recent amendment in effect as of February 22 to increase the capacity limit for outdoor recreational sporting events to 250 spectators.

1. While limits on indoor gatherings remain the same limiting to 10 people at indoor social gatherings, the limit on outdoor social gatherings and exercise groups will increase to 25 people and the limit on outdoor racetrack and amusement venues will increase to 1,000 people.

2. The amended order removes the stay-at-home order from midnight to 5 a.m. and extends the                cutoff time for alcohol sales in restaurant dining rooms from 10 p.m. to midnight.

3. Summer camps will be able to open as of May 1, using strict mitigation protocols such as small      cohorts of campers.

 

Governor’s  news release, detailed guidelines, and frequently asked questions about Executive Order 72 are also available.

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(January 31, 2021)

Gov. Ralph Northam says now is not the time to get complacent.  “We are ramping up vaccinations. This is no  time to let down our guard.”  He has extended the state’s COIVD-19 regulations, which were to expired today (January 31, 2021), through the end of February.

The tougher Virginia COVID-19 regulations had gone into effect on December 14, 2020 to help stem the rise of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

They include:

  • Nightly curfew from midnight to 5am. (Exceptions are people traveling to and from work, traveling to get medical attention or get food.)
  • Social gatherings are limited to 10 people, this does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings.
  • Virginians ages five and older will now need to wear masks indoors when coming within 6 feet of other people.
  • Virginians are strongly encouraged to telework, if possible.
  •  Bars and restaurants have to stop serving alcohol by10pm and close by midnight.

The tighter face masks rules in Virginia are in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance to help combat  COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country and in Virginia.

To see the governor’s press release click here:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/december/headline-886185-en.html#:~:text=Executive%20Order%20Seventy%2DTwo%20directs,25%20people%20to%2010%20people.

To see his full executive order click here:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-72-and-Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Nine-Common-Sense-Surge-Restrictions-Certain-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

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Gov. Northam gives an update on Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts

(January 27, 2021)

Gov. Northam gives update on Virginia's COVID-19 vaccines

Click on the link for Gov. Ralph Northam’s press conference:
Del gobernador Northam Actualización sobre los esfuerzos de la vacuna COVID-19 de Virginia.

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA –  This information is subject to change as Virginia continues to refine the vaccination effort. Visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine for more information.

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Update:  Virginia COVID-19 Regulations Extended Through February 28:

      Gov. Northam announced on Jan. 27 that Virginia’s current COVID-19 regulations, which were set to expire on Jan. 31, will continue through Feb. 28. The regulations are outlined below:

  • Modified Stay at Home Order: Everyone in Virginia must remain at home between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.
  • Universal Mask Requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings when they are indoors around others and when they are outdoors within six feet of another person.
  • Reduction in Social Gatherings: All social gatherings, whether they are indoors or outdoors, are limited to 10 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations or other social events. This does not apply to religious services or employment or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores already follow strict social distancing requirements and are not included in this limit.
  • Continued Limits on Dining Establishments:Virginia restaurants follow strict social distancing and sanitization requirements. The on-site sale, drinking and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries and tasting rooms must close by midnight.

Governor’s Key Points:

Gov. Northam gives update on Virginia's COVID-19 vaccines

  • All states rely on the federal government to distribute vaccine doses. Based on our population, Virginia is currently receiving approximately 105,000 new doses each week toward our goal of achieving herd immunity. The pace of incoming doses may not significantly increase for months, although President Biden has announced plans to increase distribution by 16% in the near future.
  • The Virginia Vaccine Summary Dashboard is updated to provide clearer, more accurate information. It now shows that most of the first doses available to Virginia have been administered.
  • Virginia’s main distribution of doses is provided by the Virginia Department of Health to local health districts, based on each district’s population. Local health districts are expected to decide the fairest, most efficient use of their vaccine allocation, using their own staff and volunteers, hospitals, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers to administer the vaccine. Some residents receive doses through separate federal allocations if they work for the U.S. Department of Defense and certain other agencies, are associated with the Indian Health Service or can participate in a federal contract that CVS and Walgreens have to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities.
  • All local health districts in Virginia have moved into Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility. This means that approximately 50% of Virginia’s population is now eligible, including frontline essential workers, people aged 65 years and older, people with high-risk medical conditions identified by the CDC and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps. Other than the healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities in Phase 1a, the Virginians in Phase 1b are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 or serious illness if infected.
  • While local health districts are allowed flexibility in how doses are administered to eligible individuals, roughly half of the available supply should be used for people aged 65 or older. The other half should be used for frontline essential workers, people with high-risk medical conditions as identified by the CDC; and people in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps. Frontline essential workers should be prioritized in the order listed in the Phase 1b details.
  • There are simply not enough doses available yet for everyone who is eligible to receive them. Virginia is not likely to meet the demand for Phase 1b until March or April.
  • Anyone eligible for Phase 1a or 1b based on occupation should check with their employer to see if arrangements have already been made, and should otherwise register with the local health department in the locality where they work. Anyone eligible based on age or medical condition should register with the local health department in the locality where they live.
  • Assistance in English, Spanish, and other languages is also available through the VDH Call Center at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343). The Commonwealth is investing in a significant expansion of call center capacity in the coming weeks and is working with local health districts to ensure information and registration is available on their websites and by phone.
  • Unfortunately, it may be weeks or longer before vaccination appointments become available for those who have registered.
  • Anyone who receives a first dose of vaccine will receive the second dose three or four weeks later, as appropriate. Vaccine providers should not hold back their current supply for second doses. They will receive second doses in proportion to the first doses they administer.

Important Takeaways:

  • Because approximately 50% of Virginia residents are now eligible to be vaccinated, the limited supply of vaccine from the federal government means it will take months to complete Phase 1b unless supply improves.
  • It is more important than ever to take the same precautions as always: staying home when possible, wearing masks when out, maintaining physical distance from others, washing hands frequently and other best practices.

For PWHD UpdatesVDH.virginia.gov/prince-william

CDC Vaccine Information: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

For updates on the County’s COVID-19 response and vaccination support efforts:

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Virginia’s New Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions are now in Effect: Nightly Curfew, Limited Social Gatherings and Tougher Face Mask Rules

 (December 14, 2020)

Beginning today, Virginia’s new COVID-19 restrictions take effect.

  • Nightly curfew from midnight to 5am. (Exceptions are people traveling to and from work, traveling to get medical attention or get food.)
  • Social gatherings are limited to 10 people
  • Virginians ages five and older will now need to wear masks indoors when coming within 6 feet of other people.

The tighter face masks rules in Virginia now are in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest guidance to help combat the surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country and in Virginia.

The new restrictions are supposed to expire on January 31 but could be extended.

Click here for Governor Northam’s press conference from Thursday, December 10.

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Gov. Northam’s latest Round of COVID-19 Restrictions

(December 10, 2020)

On Thursday, December 10, Governor Northam announced new measures to #slowthespread of #COVID19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Visit https://bit.ly/2KdAat0 to read the full press release.

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VA Governor Announces New Measures to Contain COVID-19

In Virginia, new COVID measures took effect Sunday, November. 15.

These new measures include:  a limit of 25 people for in-person gatherings, an expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement.

Read more on the new measures:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

Check out the Governor Ralph Northam’s full release. 

The governor explains the measures: