March 26, 2021
Dear Valued Tourism Partners,
This week brought encouraging news from Governor Northam as he provided vaccination data and shared what he feels is a safe plan to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Regarding the vaccination progress:
- Virginia has now administered more than 3.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine;
- Virginia is currently giving approximately 50,000 shots per day;
- More than two million Virginians, or approximately one in four people, have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine;
- The Virginia Beach Convention Center has been the distribution site for approximately 80,000 shots to date.
Governor Northam amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus safely.
Key changes in the Fourth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two include:
- Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 50 people for indoor settings and 100 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Entertainment venues: All indoor and outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity. Indoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity or with a maximum of 500 people, an increase from the current cap of 250 people. Outdoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity, with no specific cap on the number of attendees. These venues were previously limited to 30 percent capacity or up to 1,000 attendees, whichever was fewer.
- Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events will increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for indoor settings, and from 250 to 500 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for outdoor settings.
- In-person graduation and commencement events: Last week, Governor Northam issued preliminary guidance on safe in-person graduations and commencements, which included a cap of 5,000 people or 30 percent of the venue capacity for outdoor events, whichever is less. Events held indoors may have up to 500 people, or 30 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is less. Attendees must wear masks and follow other guidelines and safety protocols to ensure proper distancing.
As we move closer to the light at the end of the tunnel, Governor Northam urges Virginians to continue to be vigilant and work together to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. For the full context of the article, click here.
Finally, if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, stop in at the Mid Atlantic Sports and Boat Show at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
The CVB is here to assist; please let me or any member of the team know if we can help in any way.
CVB Interim Director