Due to Improved Health Metrics, Governor Northam Has Eased Restrictions in Hampton Roads

After nearly six weeks, Virginia Beach and other local cities move fully into Phase 3 of reopening. 
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New cases of COVID-19 in the region have dropped by more than half, hospitalizations have declined, and percent positivity has fallen below the statewide average. While it is still important that residents practice social distancing, wear masks, wash their hands frequently and follow all public health guidelines, the governor has decided to ease the region’s (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County and York County) targeted restrictions enacted on July 31. These included a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, a reduction in indoor dining to 50 percent capacity, and a requirement that restaurants close at midnight and stop the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. Patrons are still not allowed to sit at the bar and all congregating areas must remain closed.

As of Sept. 16, the state’s seven-day percent positivity rate had declined to 6.9% and Virginia Beach was 5.1%. Regionally, hospitalizations are trending down overall as are the seven-day positive test rates (excluding the Eastern Shore) which is consistent with statewide numbers at 6.97%.

The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven is available at governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions

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