Northern Virginia and the city of Richmond will join the rest of the state moving into Phase Two of business reopenings on Friday, June 12. 

Here's what Phase Two means for different categories of businesses, according to Gov. Ralph Northam's executive order:

Restaurants, Dining Establishments, Food Courts, Breweries, Microbreweries, Distilleries, Wineries, and Tasting Rooms

Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms may operate delivery, take-out, and indoor and outdoor dining and beverage services subject to the following requirements:

a. Occupancy may not exceed the 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable.

b. All parties, whether seated together or across multiple tables, must be limited to 50 patrons or less.

c. Tables at which dining parties are seated must be positioned 6 feet apart from other tables. If tables are not movable, parties must be seated at least 6 feet apart.

d. No self-service of food (except beverages), including condiments. Condiments should be removed from tables and dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer. Buffets must be staffed by servers. For self-service beverage areas, use beverage equipment designed to dispense by a contamination-free method. 

e. Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in a bar area may be used for customer seating as long as a minimum of 6 feet is provided between parties at tables.

f. Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

g. A thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently-contacted surfaces must be conducted every 60 minutes during operation. Tabletops, chairs, and credit card/bill folders must be cleaned in between patrons.

Farmers Markets

Farmers markets may continue to operate, subject to the following requirements:

a. On-site shopping is allowed, as long as physical distancing guidelines are followed. Configure operations to avoid congestion or congregation points.

b. Employees and vendors in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

c. Vendors must supply hand sanitizer stations or hand washing stations for patrons and employees.

d. A thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently-contacted surfaces must be conducted.

Brick And Mortar Retail Businesses (NonEssential Retail)

Requirements essentially the same as Phase One

Any brick and mortar retail business may continue to operate, subject to the following requirements:

a. Occupancy must be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy. 

b. Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

Fitness and Exercise Facilities

Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, sports facilities, and exercise facilities may reopen for indoor and outdoor activities, subject to the following requirements:

a. Patrons, members, and guests must remain at least 10 feet apart during all activities.

b. Instructors and all participants of group exercise and fitness classes must maintain at least 10 feet of physical distancing between each other at all times.

c. The total number of attendees (including both participants and instructors) in all group exercise and fitness classes cannot exceed the lesser of 30% of the minimum occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy or 50 patrons, members, and guests.

d. Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features must be closed.

e. Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming only and must be limited to no more than three person per lane with 10 feet of physical distance per swimmer.

f. Employees working in customer-facing areas are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

g. Employers must ensure cleaning and disinfection of shared equipment after each use.

h. Facilities shall prohibit the use of any equipment that cannot be thoroughly disinfected between uses (e.g., climbing rope, exercise bands, etc.).

i. Businesses must supply hand sanitizer stations or hand washing stations for patrons, members, and guests.  

Personal Care and Personal Grooming Services

(Requirements essentially the same as Phase One)

Beauty salons, barbershops, spas, massage centers, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed may continue to operate, subject to the following requirements:

a. Occupancy may not exceed 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy with at least 6 feet of physical distancing between work stations and no more than two appointments per service provider at a time.

b. Service providers and employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

c. Provide face coverings for clients or ask that clients bring a face covering with them, which they must wear during the service. Limit services to only those that can be completed without clients removing their face covering.

d. A thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently-contacted surfaces must be conducted every 60 minutes in operations, while cleaning and disinfecting all personal care and personal grooming tools after each use. If that is not possible, such items must be discarded.

Campgrounds

Privately-owned campgrounds may continue to operate, subject to the following requirements:

a. A minimum of 20 feet must be maintained between units for all lots rented for short-term stays of less than 14 nights (and not owned by individuals).

b. Employees working in public-facing areas are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.

c. It is recommended that campgrounds must strongly encourage customers to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.

d. The provision of hand washing in bath houses and sanitizing stations for guests and employees.

Indoor Shooting Ranges

Indoor shooting ranges may operate, provided they comply with the following requirements:

a. Occupancy must be limited to 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy with at least 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals at all times. Use every other lane to achieve 6 feet of physical distancing.

b. Employees working in customer-facing areas are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times. 

c. Perform thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently-contacted surfaces every 60 minutes in operation, while disinfecting all equipment between each customer use and prohibiting the use of equipment that cannot be thoroughly disinfected.

d. Either thoroughly clean shared or borrowed equipment in between uses, or only allow the use of personal equipment at the range.

Public Beaches

All public beaches may remain open to individual and family recreational activity, in addition to exercise and fishing. All such public beaches, with the exception of the beaches in the city of Virginia Beach, must comply with the requirements below.

a. Require beachgoers to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet between each person unless they are with members of the same household.

b. Prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people.

c. Prohibit group sports, alcohol, tents, groupings of umbrellas, and other activities and items that attract gatherings.

d. Prohibit entertainment and programming that generate gatherings.

e. All common areas that encourage gatherings, such as pavilions, gazebos, playsets, and picnic areas must remain closed. This does not apply to fishing piers.

f. Implement a cleaning schedule for all high-touch surfaces made of plastic or metal such as benches and railings that includes cleaning at least every two hours between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

g. Establish, train, and deploy a team to educate and promote compliance with beach rules and refer cases of noncompliance to public safety personnel, if appropriate.

h. Establish procedures for temporary beach closure or access limitations in the event of overcrowding.

i. Ensure adequate personal protective equipment for all lifeguards.

j. Perform a disinfectant-level cleaning of all public restrooms every two hours with an EPA-approved disinfectant by staff or volunteers trained to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on cleaning and disinfecting.

k. For chair and umbrella rental companies, require vendors to set up chairs and umbrellas for customers, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between groups, and to clean equipment between rentals following Environmental Protection Agency and CDC guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting.

l. Post signage at all public access points to the beaches and other “cluster prone” areas providing health reminders regarding physical distancing, gathering prohibitions, options for high risk individuals, and staying home if sick. Messaging must be specific to location.

m. Locality shall provide daily metrics to its local health department to include beach closures, complaint incidents, police reports of violence related to enforcement, and number of reports of noncompliance to be submitted each Monday.

n. All employees and contract workers must wear a cloth face covering when not able to practice physical distancing following CDC Use of Face Cloth Coverings guidance.

o. Employees and contract workers must have access to soap and water or hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, and locality should provide best hygiene practices to employees on a regular basis, including washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and practicing respiratory etiquette protocols.

p. Locality shall require all employees and contract workers to take their temperature before reporting to work and direct such employees not to report to work if they have a fever of over 100.4 degrees, have experienced chills, or have been feverish in the last 72 hours.  

Outdoor performing arts venues, outdoor concert venues, outdoor sports venues, outdoor movie theaters, museums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens may reopen, subject to the following requirements:

a. The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load of the venue, if applicable, or 50 persons.

b. Install visible markers for queue lines that separate people by 6 feet of physical distance.

c. Create a guest flow plan of modified queue lines into and within the facility. Determine areas likely to become bottlenecks or pinch points and adjust guest flow accordingly.

d. Perform thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently-contacted surfaces including digital ordering devices, check presenters, self-service areas, tabletops, bathroom surfaces, and other common touch areas every 60 minutes during operation.

e. Where possible, install sneeze guards in front of commonly used point-of-sale or guest service stations.

f. Employees working in customer-facing areas are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.

g. Provide hand washing or sanitizing stations for guests and employees.

Public and private social clubs

Public and private social clubs may reopen, provided such establishments abide by the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.  

Churches and religious services

Regulations same as Phase One

Recreational Sports

Indoor and outdoor recreational sports activities are permitted, provided participants and organizers of recreational sports activities comply with the following requirements:

a. Ten feet of physical distance must 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 and practice and during competitive events. Competition that involves close contact with other athletes must be avoided.

b. The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) of outdoor recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load of the venue, if applicable, or 50 persons. For sports played on a field, attendees are limited to 50 persons per field.

c. 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 sports played on a field, attendees are limited to 50 persons per field.

d. For indoor recreational sports, spectators may not be present except parents, guardians, or caretakers who are supervising children. 

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