State enters Phase 3 of Northam’s ‘Forward Virginia’ reopening plan

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia has officially entered Phase Three of Governor Northam’s reopening plan, ‘Forward Virginia.’

Northam made the announcement at his press conference last Tuesday. He said the mask mandate and social distancing recommendations will remain in place.

Some of the major changes include increasing the cap on social gatherings to 250 people. Retailers, restaurants and bars will be able to lift capacity limits entirely. Plus, more people will be allowed in entertainment venues and gyms.

Here is a breakdown of what Phase Three looks like:

Virginia reopens under Phase 3

The governor has said he will be keeping a close eye on health metrics. If the numbers start to trend upward than state restrictions could be tightened.

On Tuesday, Gov. Northam made a last-minute switch, saying that bar seating areas must remain closed. This comes as other states are now seeing a spike in cases after allowing bar seating.

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