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Coronavirus/COVID-19 July 2 Update
Governor Northam has issued an amendment to the Phase 3 stage of Virginia’s reopening plan, intended to keep people from potentially dangerous congregating at bars amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On June 30, the governor said that restaurants will not be allowed to fully reopen their bars as previously planned. He announced the decision Tuesday afternoon, a day before the state was set to allow people to congregate at bars if they practiced social distancing. Instead, restaurants can continue to operate under phase two restrictions, which allow limited table service in bar areas but generally prohibits sitting at bar counters.
Virginia law does not allow establishments to only serve alcohol; they must also serve food.
Northam’s office said the decision to keep stricter rules on bars was made because of a spike in virus cases in other states that have reopened earlier than Virginia. Over the past few days, states such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California have closed or otherwise clamped down on bars, shut beaches, rolled back restaurant capacity, and put limits on crowds at pools.
Governor Northam stated, “Virginia is taking a cautious approach as we enter Phase 3 and maintaining the current restrictions on bar areas.”
August 3 Update
We would like to thank everyone who took time out to respond to our In-person Events Survey. Your feedback was insightful and drove Board discussion regarding in-person events. As a social club, interacting with members is our core “business,” something that the pandemic has made enormously challenging. How to proceed, and whether to consider in-person events, is a common theme during our Board meetings.
After intense discussion at the August 3 Board Meeting, Dulles Triangles has determined that, while government guidelines permit in-person events under specific conditions, we cannot in good conscience hold any DT-sponsored activities in person at this time. We will continue to monitor the conditions in Virginia and elsewhere, make note of government and expert opinions regarding how to (or whether to) interact safely, and update the membership with any changes in this position.
If you are interested in seeing the survey and its results, we have prepared a PDF document that you can download below.
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Dulles Triangles is a well rounded social club for area gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and their family and friends whose purpose is to offer an alternative outlet for social activities, to promote both physical and mental well being and to participate in gay community activities and services. (..oh, and have fun!)