Virginia Gov. Northam: Indoor dining, gyms, entertainment to remain closed in first phase of reopening


RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL)- On Friday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear as he discussed reopening the state that officials are easing back into ‘reopening’ the state’s economy.

Northam reiterated that officials are eyeing May 15 as the first day for the state’s so-called Phase 1 plan, a shift in guidelines to allow some businessses to increase services as the pandemic progresses.

Northam outlined his plans on a series of slides, discussing which businesses will be able to reopen with restrictions across the state.

Some businesses, such as entertainment faclities, gyms and fitness centers, will largely remain closed.

“We’re not opening the floodgates here,” he said during his briefing on Friday. “We’re not flipping a light switch from closed to open. When the time is right, we will turn a dimmer switch up just a notch.”

In a plan outlined on a series of slides, he discussed what will be able to reopen with restrictions in place, and what will remain closed.

Beginning May 15, businesses that may reopen include:


  • non-essential retail (open with 50 percent capacity)
  • outdoor dining (open with 50 percent capacity)
  • places of worship (open with 50 percent indoor capacity or drive-in services)
  • private campgrounds
  • state parks (overnight in phases)
  • salons/barbershops (open by appointment only)


  • Entertainment and amusement
  • fitness and exercise (limited to outdoor fitness)
  • beaches (exercise and fishing only)
  • overnight summer camps
  • restaurant and beverage services (takeout and delivery only, outdoor seating at 50 percent capacity)

You can see the full list on the slides below.

You can watch the entire news briefing on our WJHL Facebook page below.

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