COVID-19: Reopening Loudoun County
Current Status: Phase Three
Effective May 15, 2021: Governor Ralph Northam amended Executive Order 72 (PDF) with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. The Commonwealth will continue to mandate mask-wearing and social distancing, even as commercial restrictions are further eased. The key changes effective May 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. include:
- Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
- Entertainment venues: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity—up from 30 percent—with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
- Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
- Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
Since July 1, 2020, Loudoun County has been in Phase Three of the "Forward Virginia" plan. The plan is a three-phase plan to “reopen” the state by gradually easing the restrictions that have been placed on businesses, places of worship, and public facilities in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In Phase Three, we maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking, and the face coverings requirements for indoor public settings.
- Phase Three Guidelines for All Business Sectors (PDF)
- Department of Health COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for all phase
- Operating status information for Loudoun County Government departments and offices.
Loudoun was in Phase One from May 29 - June 11, 2020 and Phase Two from June 11 - June 30, 2020.
Effective December 14, 2020, everyone aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person, which expands the previous statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29. A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
Forward Virginia Guidelines
The “Forward Virginia” plan is based on achieving certain data points that, when met, indicate we are ready to move into the next phase of the plan. The timelines for each phase are determined by monitoring health data, the data points include:
- Number of cases
- Number of positive tests, and percent positive
- Percent of cases hospitalized
- Bed and ICU capacity
- Availability of PPE
Phase Three: Reopening Businesses
The Forward Virginia website provides guidance for reopening the business community.
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