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VA's Phase One Reopening Guidelines

Wednesday, May 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teresa Starkey
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Friday, May 29th Richmond City and Northern Virginia will join the rest of Virginia in entering into phase 1 of reopening.  Phase 1 will last at least 2 weeks but could be several weeks depending on health data on new cases.  The reopening will be slow and deliberate. 

The Governor’s Forward Virginia plan has 3 phases.  Below are some of the general and specific industry rules of Phase 1.  You will need to review the full guidelines HERE or HERE to ensure you comply:   


  • “Safer at Home” will be the new theme especially for vulnerable populations
  • 10-person limit for all gatherings
  • Social distancing when in public
  • Continue teleworking for all employees who can
  • Face coverings when in public
  • Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Best Practices such as practicing routine cleaning and disinfection of high contact areas and hard surfaces
  • Enhanced Workplace Safety Best Practices such as screening of employees; Instruct employees who are sick to stay at home and not report to work; Post signage in the common languages of the employees telling them not to come to work when sick; Develop or adopt flexible sick leave policies


  • Non-Essential Retail – May open with 50% indoor capacity; Delivery and pick up continues; Employees wear masks
  • Restaurants/Breweries – NO indoor seating; Takeout and delivery continues; Outdoor seating allowed at 50% capacity with required 6 feet social distancing between diners and from sidewalk or any public area; Required to use disposable menus; Employees must wear masks
  • Personal Grooming – Appointment only with strict social distancing requirements (50% capacity); Client and worker must wear face masks; Limits what services that can be done with mask; No lip waxing or beard trims.
  • Childcare – open for working families (same as before)
  • Gyms – NO indoor use; Limited outdoor exercise to 10 participants with 10 feet of distance and sharing guidelines for equipment
  • Entertainment and amusement (bowling alleys, theatres, etc.) – Staying closed
  • Beaches – Only for exercise and fishing
  • Private campgrounds – Open with distance between campsites; No gatherings of 10 or more
  • State Parks – Day use only; No gatherings of 10 or more; Overnight in phases
  • Overnight summer camps – Closed
  • Places of worship – 50% indoor capacity; Drive-in and Online still encouraged


As with previous Executive Orders, these new guidelines will be enforced by local law enforcement who are able to write citations for violations.

Other Resources:

CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes:

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

CDC Print Resources for Signage (NOTE: there are 3 pages of materials):

EPA-approved disinfectant: