COVID-19: Reopening Loudoun County
Current Status: Phase Three
Effective April 1, 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 maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued mitigation strategies like physical distancing, teleworking, and universal mask requirements. The key changes effective April 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. include:
- Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 50 people for indoor settings and 100 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Entertainment venues: All indoor and outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity. Indoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity or with a maximum of 500 people, an increase from the current cap of 250 people. Outdoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity, with no specific cap on the number of attendees. These venues were previously limited to 30 percent capacity or up to 1,000 attendees, whichever was fewer.
- Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events will increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for indoor settings, and from 250 to 500 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for outdoor settings.
- In-person graduation and commencement events: Last week, Governor Northam issued preliminary guidance on safe in-person graduations and commencements, which included a cap of 5,000 people or 30 percent of the venue capacity for outdoor events, whichever is less. Events held indoors may have up to 500 people, or 30 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is less. Attendees must wear masks and follow other guidelines and safety protocols to ensure proper distancing.
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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