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Virginia Updates COVID-19 Guidance (May)

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

Governor Northam recently released two updates regarding the state’s approach to the ongoing pandemic. With “almost half” of the state’s residents having received at least one vaccine, more existing restrictions are being eased as of 15 May 2021:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number at social gatherings will increase to 100 (indoors) and 250 (outdoors).

  • Entertainment venues: Indoor venues can operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity—up from 30 percent—with no specific cap on the number of attendees.

  • Recreational sporting events: Spectators (indoors) to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. Outdoors to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.

  • Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 AM.

The full text of Sixth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine is available here. Updated guidelines for specific sectors can be found here.

With the increased understanding that COVID-19 is not spread through casual touching of surfaces and cautious relaxation of mask usage outdoors, we urge everyone to continue social distancing and taking precautions to help prevent spread of the disease to those not yet fully vaccinated. Dulles Triangles’ Board is continuing to monitor the situation closely. While we are cautiously easing our way into in-person events, we urge all Members and Friends to follow applicable federal and state guidelines; in particular, be sensitive to the fact that not everyone has been or can be vaccinated—erring on the side of caution is the compassionate approach. If you have any questions or concerns about in-person activities and staying safe, please contact us at

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