- Phase One of re-opening will start Friday, May 15.
- “We are not flipping a light switch from closed to open. It’s more of a dimmer switch.”
FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase One – Begins Friday, May 15th
- First of three planned phases, each lasting approximately 2-3 weeks:
- Phase One specifics:
- 10-person limit on gatherings will remain.
at home” order will change to a “safer at home” order.
- People should still maintain social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.
- Non-essential retail can increase the number of persons allowed inside from 10 to 50% of the store’s capacity.
- Restaurants and breweries with outdoor seating permits can allow patrons to sit outside, up to 50% capacity.
and entertainment and amusement facilities remain closed.
- Gyms can hold outdoor classes with limitations.
- Beaches are open for exercise and fishing only.
- Places of worship may hold services inside, at 50% capacity.
- Salons will be allowed to open with strict social distancing guidelines, and by appointment only.
- State Parks are open for day use only, with 10-person limit in place.
- Child-care will remain open to only working families.
- Overnight summer camps will remain closed.
- Teleworking is still strongly encouraged.
- Phase One is expected to last at least 2 weeks,
possibly longer, dependent on what the data shows moving forward.
- Local governments are encouraged to consult with the Governor’s administration as they move into Phase One if they feel that they need to maintain more stringent guidelines.
- Businesses are permitted to re-open IF they meet the Phase One guidelines, but must remain closed if they are unable to do so.
- No business is required by the state to re-open.
- Data and guidelines are available at: https://www.virginia.gov/
HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING
- Doctors’ offices and hospitals are safe.
- PPE supply remains sufficient and sustainable.
- MSV and VDH are working together to provide testing capacity to hospitals across Virginia.
- MSV is conducting needs assessments in hospitals to increase testing capability and training opportunities in areas of need.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 22,342
- 772 new cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.
- Total hospitalizations: 3,049
- Total deaths: 812
- Total tests: 143,220
PHASE ONE DATA
- Data has shown a downward trend in positive
cases over the past 2 weeks.
- This is a positive step toward the 14-day goal.
- The number of hospitals experiencing difficulty getting PPE has been trending downward over the past several weeks and has dropped significantly in the last week.
- The number of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has remained flat and well below hospital capacity.
- The number of days over which COVID-19 cases are doubling has increased from 3 days in March, to 16.
- Anyone who feels that their place of work is not following the Phase One rules is encouraged to report this to the Department of Labor and Industry.