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Restrictions on gatherings eased as virus rates fall

A number of restrictions placed on gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have been eased across the commonwealth, starting on Monday. Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement last Wednesday.

With COVID-19 hospitalization and infection rates falling, and with vaccinations on the rise, Virginians can gradually resume certain recreational activities, and that sectors of the economy can begin to reopen, Northam said.

However, “even as we take steps to safely ease public health guidelines,” he said, “we must all remain vigilant so we can maintain our progress. The more we stay home, mask up, and practice social distancing, the more lives we will save from this dangerous virus.”

Northam increased the number of people allowed at outdoor social gatherings to 25, while he kept in place the 10-person indoor limit.

Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues may now operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30 percent capacity, whichever is lower. If current trends c...

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