VIRGINIA (WRIC/AP) — Governors across the United States are tightening COVID-19 restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to surge – deaths in the U.S. from the virus are running at more than 1,100 per day on average, an increase of over 50% from early October.
State leaders are increasing restrictions out of concern that the virus will get worse because of holiday travel and family gatherings over Thanksgiving. If you need to travel in the state or beyond, review our list of guidelines for states surrounding Virginia before you get on the road.
- 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 age 5 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 age 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 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 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is expected to announce new statewide measures to combat COVID-19 on Nov. 18
- Mask mandate in place.
- 11 p.m. curfew or “last call” in place for bars and restaurants.
- Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
- Bars, bar areas, night clubs and limited-service restaurants should seat tables and parties separated by at least 6 feet and limit gathering by unseated persons.
- Bars and restaurants must end all dine-in service after 10 p.m. but takeout and delivery service will still be allowed.
- Retail businesses, religious institutions and gyms must limit capacity to 50 percent, in a rollback to phase two levels.
- Indoor operations for bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75 to 50 percent.
- Restaurants are open for outdoor dining and indoor dining at 50% capacity. Bar areas are only open for seating without a bartender present. Tables are limited to six people.
- Travel requirements are in place for anyone traveling into D.C. with the exception of visitors from Maryland and Virginia, people staying in D.C. for less than 24 hours or people going to DC for essential work.
- Gov. Roy Cooper is tightening the restrictions on gatherings in the state. The limit on indoor gatherings is now 10 people.
- North Carolina will also stay in phase three until at least Dec. 4, under the latest executive order.
- People inside public and private buildings…