Northern Virginia food and drink establishments can begin indoor service at half-capacity on Friday, June 12, as the region moves into phase two of its reopening.
“I know that recent events have overshadowed the pandemic, but it is still very much with us. That said, our health metrics are looking positive,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said in a press conference today. The percentages of positive tests and hospitalizations have trended downward over the past week, he said.
In this next phase, the state will require restaurants, bars, and other businesses to maintain six feet of distance between people at tables and cap the number of total patrons at 50 total. No bar seating is allowed, and game areas, play spaces, and dance floors must remain closed. Single use, disposable menus must be discarded after each customer. All employees will wear masks and should do temperature checks prior to their shifts. The state recommends that businesses accept reservations, but that is not required. More guidelines and regulations can be found here.
Most of the state entered into phase two this past Friday, with the exception of Richmond and Northern Virginia, where there have been concentrations of Covid-19 cases. “The metrics from those areas also look positive,” Northam said.
DC and the Maryland suburbs remain at phase one status, meaning only socially distanced outdoor seating is allowed for now. They could begin easing restrictions as soon as next week.