Phase 2 of reopening Virginia to get underway Friday

Published: Jun. 2, 2020 at 8:07 AM EDT
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Governor Northam announced at his Tuesday afternoon briefing that Phase 2 of reopening the commonwealth will kick off Friday, June 5. That includes southwest Virginia.

for Executive Order 65, outlining Phase 2 specifics.

He said the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to drop when compared to increased testing, and the increase in deaths and hospitalizations continues to trend downward.

Northern Virginia and the city of Richmond will remain for now in

, as they didn't enter that until last Friday based on higher coronavirus numbers than in the rest of the state.

The move further eases restrictions on businesses, including restaurants, gyms, sports, outdoor entertainment venues and gatherings, with up to 50 people okay to congregate as of Friday, instead of the previous limit of 10.

Restaurants may return to indoor seating with 50 percent of capacity. Gyms and fitness centers may hold indoor workouts at 30 percent capacity. Pools may reopen with some restrictions. Museums, zoos and botanical gardens may reopen with some restrictions. Recreational sports will be allowed with physical distancing requirements and no shared equipment.

The governor said teleworking and physical distancing are still urged, and

in indoor public places until further notice.

for Phase 2 guidelines for all business sectors.

to watch Tuesday's briefing from the governor's



is reporting 46,239 cases of

in the commonwealth as of Tuesday morning.

2,170 of the cases are reported as "probable."

The total number is up from 45,398 cases reported Monday, an 841-case increase.

There are 1,407 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth, up from 1,392 Monday, and 4,770 people have been hospitalized. 369,308 tests have been conducted.

Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won't show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day's list.

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