RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) - Governor Ralph Northam provided an update on COVID-19 response and vaccinations in Virginia Wednesday, February 24.
“We are finally seeing COVID numbers fall and vaccination numbers rise. That means we can start to consider how to slowly safely ease some of the measures put in place before the holidays,” Northam said.
Starting March 1, the changes include:
- alcohol sales will expand to midnight.
- The modified curfew will be lifted.
- Overnight summer camps can open May 1.
- Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 25 people wle indoor events will remain at 10 people.
- Outdoor venues will shift from 250 folks to 30% with a cap of 1,000 people.
- Indoor venues are now set at 30% capacity with a maximum of 250 people.
“If the trends continue as they are, cases down and vaccinations up, I would expect that by April we could be able to continue the 30% measure, but remove the 1,000 person cap for outdoor venues,” Northam said.
As vaccines increase, so does Virginia’s partnerships with nearby pharmacies and major companies to get shots into arms faster.
“We have eight different pharmacies now that we’re working with and there will be others, community-based pharmacies,” Northam said. “This week the call center is making outbound calls to schedule appointments for Walmart and Giant. Call center workers are calling people in Virginia’s preregistration’s database. So when your phone rings you need to please answer it.”
Roughly 1.7 million vaccines have been administered in the commonwealth with a focus on those 65 and older and that could soon increase as another shot is on the horizon.
“Johnson & Johnson vaccine is likely to get approved from the FDA,” Northam said. “Starting next week just to summarize we will have three vaccines in Virginia that are safe and effective.”
Northam says if you are preregistered with your local health department to get a vaccine, you do not need to sign up again, but you can check the status of your account at vaccinate.virginia.gov or you can call (877) 829-4682.
Northam says everyone still needs to wear masks and practice social distancing.