Warning Alert

As of Oct. 9, officials in Virginia, US, maintain certain business and gathering restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus disease. 

Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 08:38 PM UTC
Alert Expires 06 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
Categories Other Miscellaneous Transportation

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Virginia
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions ongoing


As of Oct. 9, authorities in Virginia are maintaining certain business and gathering restrictions put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. The commonwealth remains on Phase 3 of its economic recovery plan, which includes the following guidelines:


  • Restaurants and food establishments can operate without capacity limits; however, social distancing measures must remain in place.
  • Retail stores can open without capacity limits.
  • Gyms and fitness centers can open at 75-percent capacity.
  • Personal care businesses can operate without capacity limits, while maintaining social-distancing measures, and with clients and employees wearing facemasks.
  • Gatherings of up to 250 are permitted.
  • Racetracks and speedways are allowed to open with up to 50-percent capacity, or 1,000 spectators.
  • Entertainment venues, including movie theaters, museums, sports and music venues, amusement parks, zoos, and private clubs, can operate at 50-percent capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people.


Authorities continue to encourage employees to work from home whenever possible. Establishments allowed to open must adhere to directives requiring them to enhance sanitation procedures, comply with social distancing guidelines, and require sick employees to stay at home. Essential businesses continue to operate, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, transportation, security, and critical manufacturing companies.

Some business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.


Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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