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State of Virginia to relax some COVID restrictions; NASCAR tracks to be allowed higher capacity

As COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates continue to decline in Virginia, and as vaccinations rise, Governor Northam has announced certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate at increased capacity starting Monday, March 1. He amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to “safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus.”

The governor said with trends continuing as they are, some changes are being made to COVID-related restrictions. Beginning March 1, alcohol sales will be allowed until midnight instead of the current 10 p.m., and the midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew will be dropped.

Northam is also easing public health restrictions by increasing capacity limits in outdoor settings, where he says evidence indicates the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19 is lower. The key changes include:

· Entertainment venues: Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be allowed to operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30-percent capacity, whichever is lower. If current trends continue, these venues may be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity with no cap on the number of people permitted to attend starting in April. Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 individuals.

WDBJ