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Virginia Governor loosens some COVID restrictions

Virginia will ease restrictions on social gatherings starting April 1, when the limit will increase from 10 to 50 people indoors and from 50 to 100 outdoors, according to a new order from Gov. Ralph Northam.

Northam is also expanding capacity limits at entertainment venues and recreational sporting venues.

Entertainment venues will continue to operate under a 30% capacity limit, but larger spaces will benefit from a higher cap on people allowed inside. Previously, indoor venues could host 30% of their capacity or 250 people, whichever is less; the limit will now be 500.

Outdoor venues currently can host 30% of their capacity or up to 1,000 people, whichever is less; now only the 30% capacity threshold will apply.

The remaining public guidance and restrictions will remain in effect, including the state’s mask mandate.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

The order will apparently allow Richmond Raceway and Martinsville Raceway to allow up to 30% capacity for upcoming races.