Virginia Readies for Phase 2 on Friday; Loudoun, NOVA Will Wait

Gov. Ralph Northam announced today that most of Virginia will move into Phase 2 of his reopening program on Friday, but Loudoun and the rest of Northern Virginia will have to wait at least another week before getting the chance to eat indoors at restaurants and swim laps in public pools. 

While County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) had told business owners that she hoped the region would be able to move into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia, that appears unlikely to happen. 

Northam said he would present details of the Phase 2 operational rules during his Thursday afternoon press conference. The relaxing of social distancing rules will allow gatherings of up to 50 people, restaurants and gyms to open at a limited indoor capacity, and entertainment venues, such as museums to welcome back visitors.

Northern Virginia moved into Phase 1 operations last Friday, two weeks after most other areas of the commonwealth. The reopening was delayed because of concerns about higher COVID-19 infection rates and a lack of testing. In the subsequent weeks, testing has increase substantially while the positivity rate of those tested has continued to fall.

5 thoughts on “Virginia Readies for Phase 2 on Friday; Loudoun, NOVA Will Wait

  • 2020-06-02 at 4:21 pm
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    Rules for everyone! Except for when Phyllis throws an event on the courthouse lawn, or when the Fool of Richmond is mugging it up on the Va Beach boardwalk. Meanwhile more pain for Loudoun business and home owners. See how this works?

    • 2020-06-02 at 10:18 pm
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      Exactly. Typical Democrat mantra, do as i say and not as i do. How can Randall support in any way racists like Governor Blackface Northam or Attorney General Blackface Herring? Why haven’t these people been called out to resign by the African American community????

    • 2020-06-02 at 10:15 pm
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      You are kidding, right? The rioters could care less about George Floyd, but they do want to steal stuff, tear down small & large businesses and be used by socialists to harm America. These losers couldn’t be productive members of society in a million years…Where is the outrage about black on black shootings, like Chicago last weekend had 82 alone?

  • 2020-06-08 at 9:04 am
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    I hope all the protesters get tested. The last thing we need is our Covid test results get worse and the Governor use it against us to prevent us from going to Phase Two. We have lost so many businesses and will lose many more restaurants if they can’t open. Many restaurants do not have outdoor seating so they need to be allowed to have patrons sit inside. Next year the reckoning will come for State and County officials as they grapple with the errors of their decisions and the reduced tax revenue.

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