Manassas Moves Into Phase One
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced that on Friday, May 29, Northern Virginia will enter phase one of his three phase reopening plan. Non-essential retail, outdoor dining at restaurants, and barber shops will all have the ability to reopen with some restrictions. Various additional changes will have a positive effect on businesses throughout the state.
Individuals are invited to participate in newly reopened activities, with limitations, to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please note the following restrictions:
- Retail establishments will open and may operate at 50% capacity.
- Restaurants and beverage establishments are welcoming outdoor dining, also at a 50% capacity.
- Personal grooming services may operate with one patron per service provider, for those who have long-awaited their next hair appointment.
- For a new way to get outdoors, gyms and fitness centers may offer outdoor exercise classes and services.
- Campgrounds will also begin to take reservations for short-term stays.
- Drive-in services may continue at places of worship and services may be held indoors at a 50% capacity. More information on specific guidelines for religious services can be found here
Other resources have been created for specific guidelines for all business sectors, frequently asked questions about reopening in phase one, and a step-by-step guide for small businesses to reopen safely.
Even though this is a reopening, we are still transitioning into phase one. The community can safely support our local businesses in many ways. Maintaining 6 feet of distance from others and washing your hands regularly are strongly encouraged. Wearing face coverings are required while in public spaces, per Governor Northam’s recent announcement. Gatherings of over 10 people are still prohibited. It is up to us to continue to prevent the spread of this virus; otherwise, we may need to return to tighter restrictions.