Virginia will ease some COVID-19 restrictions starting April 1, and the governor said he expects that vaccine eligibility will be opened to anyone who wants a dose within “a matter of weeks.”
Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that he was optimistic about COVID-19 case numbers and the rate at which residents are being vaccinated. Nearly 1 in 4 Virginians has now received at least one dose of a vaccine. he said.
Only people in eligible groups are currently eligible to receive a vaccine. But that is likely to change soon, Northam said.
“I expect it’s a matter of weeks before we can open it up to anyone who wants to be vaccinated,” he said.
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Virginia will make “limited and targeted changes” to COVID-19 restrictions starting Thursday, April 1.
As many as 50 people will be allowed at indoor social gatherings, and 100 people outdoors.
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Entertainment venues may operate at up to 30% capacity indoors, up to 500 people. Up to 30% capacity also will be allowed outdoors, with no numeric cap.
Recreational sports venues will be able to host up to 100 fans indoors, capped at 30% capacity, and 500 fans outdoors.
Masks will still be required.
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