With the increase in vaccinations, further COVID-19 restrictions are decreasing. Starting May 15, the limits for indoor social gatherings and capacities will be increased.
NORFOLK, VA. – With vaccine distribution in Virginia making good progress, Governor Ralph Northam announced the removal of further COVID-19 restrictions, particularly on entertainment venues and social gatherings.
From May 15th, indoor and outdoor areas can open their doors to more people, and the limits to social gatherings will rise.
The upper limits for social gatherings will be increased to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors. Currently, only 50 people are allowed indoors and 100 people outdoors for gatherings.
Indoor entertainment venues can operate with a capacity of 50% and a numerical limit of 1,000 people. Outdoor venues will follow with 50% capacity with no specific cap.
Indoor and outdoor sports events can also be used to 50% capacity. Indoor events can hold 250 spectators and outdoor events can hold 1,000 people, but must work with either the 50% limit or the numerical upper limit, whichever is lower.
As for alcohol sales, restaurants can start selling alcohol after midnight, and dining rooms don’t have to close between midnight and 5 a.m.
On Wednesday, Northam gave the restaurants the green light to reopen their bar seats, but their customers must be two meters apart.
More than half of all adults in the state have received at least one COVID-19 shot.