After more than 10 weeks of shelter-at-home, many Prince William County residents took advantage of Gov. Ralph Northam’s easing of restrictions into Phase One for Northern Virginia on May 29. Retail stores were able to open to 50% capacity, and restaurants began offering limited outdoor dining, with at least 6 feet of space between tables. 

In Old Town Manassas, Missy Duffy at Calico Jacks said this was long awaited.

“What has saved us is our online sales and curbside pickup. We have lots of loyal customers,” she said. “Sales are definitely down, but we have to pay our rent and utilities just like everyone else. I’m optimistic. People in Manassas take care of each other, and all the shop owners know each other, and all our customers are our neighbors, so people really take care of each other.” 

In Occoquan, Sherri Brown drove down from Annandale on Saturday to enjoy the riverside community.

“It’s such a perfect day, and I wanted to support the merchants here in Occoquan and catch up on my shopping.”

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