Phase Three guidelines began today allowing for social gatherings of up to 250 people and businesses such as restaurants, retail, private campgrounds various venues and farmers markets more flexibility to open. Face coverings will continue to be required in indoor public spaces and other establishments, and people still need to focus on physical distancing.  Late yesterday, Governor Northam issued a new statement prohibiting congregating in bars, stressing caution as Virginia moves into Phase Three with cases rising in other states. Virginia will maintain current restrictions on bar seating.  Update from Governor Northam

More detailed information about the Forward Virginia Guidelines, including specific requirements and recommendations for all businesses, can be found on the official Commonwealth of Virginia website.

Many businesses and places of interest in Virginia’s Blue Ridge have offered adjusted services and operating procedures through various phases of the Forward Virginia plan over the past weeks in accordance with guidelines set forth by the CDC, public health officials, and the Governor of Virginia.  Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge created a landing page incorporating these updates.  Visit VBR Phase Three Landing Page

Additional Updates -

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and our partners have been working hard to help ensure the health and safety of visitors as athletes and fans resume play and sports tourism returns to the region.  The VBR Stay Safe Pledge has been adopted by many local business.  Adopt the VBR Stay Safe Pledge today!

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Center is now open 9:30am – 4:30pm every day to assist visitors. Local attractions continue to safely reopen their doors to visitors. Make sure to check with each attraction for their operating procedures before visiting. 

The Blue Ridge Parkway remains closed from Milepost 112 (Rt. 24 in Vinton) to Milepost 136 (Rt. 221 at Adney Gap) due to recent rains and deteriorated road conditions.  For more information click here.

Catherine Fox
Vice President of Public Affairs & Destination Development
(540) 342-6025, ext. 114