Thanks to Virginians pulling together over the last four months, our key health metrics are trending in the right direction, and every region of the Commonwealth is on track to enter Phase Three of our #ForwardVirginia plan next week, on Wednesday, July 1.
Phase Three has important changes for non-essential retail, restaurant and beverage services, gyms and fitness centers, and recreation and entertainment venues—but the same health and safety measures that we know reduce transmission of #COVID19 will remain in place.
Here’s what you can expect in Phase Three:
Phase Three still means you are #SaferAtHome, especially if you are vulnerable.
Teleworking is still strongly encouraged.
You still need to practice physical distancing in all situations outside your home.
Face coverings are still required in indoor public spaces.
We are able to safely move into Phase Three next week because Virginians have been doing the right things, like staying home and practicing social distancing. But we need to remain cautious: cases are on the rise in many other states, and we do not want to see that in Virginia.
Together with enhanced testing and contact tracing, we can continue safely easing health restrictions—but everyone must keep taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and those around you.