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Visit the Richmond region Safely

We’re serious about keeping everyone safe

Here in the Richmond region, we’re diligent about taking on COVID-19, with strict safety standards and special practices to protect our visitors and our residents. In fact, we’re the capital of the first state to adopt COVID worker safety rules. We’re also committed to keeping you informed about what to expect when you visit RVA. So read on to see what we’re doing throughout the region. And join us in our effort to reopen with care. The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five and sixth amended Executive Order Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven is available here

While You're Here

Right now, the Richmond region is in Phase 3 of Virginia’s COVID-19 reopening plan. Please watch for these special standards that are being enforced throughout the Richmond region:

  • Public Gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings. 

  • Face Coverings: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. 

  • Restaurants: Restaurants are open, but they’re all mandated to enforce physical distancing and follow all face covering and safety protocols.

  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues are open at 50% capacity, with physical distancing.

  • Enforcement: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.  

  • Alcohol Curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.  

  • People with a fever or symptoms of COVID aren’t allowed in places of business.  If you’re not well, please -- go home and rest.

Remember, our amazing outdoor experiences are a healthy way to have fun. So come, and enjoy rafting and kayaking on the James River, biking on the Capital Trail, hiking our many urban and rural trails and taking in the Virginia countryside. Our outdoors are always open for you.

Many airlines now offer affordable, nonstop flight to and from Richmond.  Find out more here.

use the links below for more information on what our travel-related businesses are doing to make your visit a safe one