Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >
This page features information and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact in Virginia's Blue Ridge. We also have resources with information on unique ways you can continue to experience the region and how to support our local businesses.
With COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates declining and vaccinations increasing, the Governor of Virginia announced an amended Executive Order Number Seventy-Two in a series of actions that will gradually ease public health restrictions while continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The measures include the following:
Effective May 29, 2020 and pursuant to Governor Northam's Executive Order 63, all patrons aged 10 and over shall wear face coverings over their mouth and nose when entering, exiting, traveling through, or spending time inside buildings. As part of the Governor's enhanced measures effective November 16, 2020, the mask mandate now includes all patrons aged 5 and over being required to wear masks or face coverings in any indoor public space.
Individuals who have trouble breathing or have medical conditions that prohibit wearing a mask or face covering will not be required to do so. These individuals will not be required to prove or explain medical conditions.
Additional Details: Executive Order 63 from the Office of the Governor > | Amended Executive Order 63 >
We encourage all businesses and individuals to commit to the Virginia's Blue Ridge Stay Safe Pledge as a way to work together to ensure the health and safety of our community. The pledge follows recommended guidelines from the CDC and public health experts on the best ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help Virginia's Blue Ridge stay safe as a region for local residents, businesses, and visitors. Learn more about the VBR Stay Safe Pledge >
If you're a local business, we encourage you to complete our form to let us know you're taking the pledge! Pledge form >
NOTE: Businesses are doing their best to adapt to new policies, health requirements, and best practices in response to COVID-19. We recommend checking directly with specific businesses for the most current information on their services and guidelines, and encourage patience as we all work to get through this together.
As part of the Phase Three Guidelines, food & beverage businesses are also allowed to offer indoor & outdoor dine-in service. Seating and congregating in bar areas remains prohibited. We've created a list of locations featuring outdoor patio service >
You can also see our complete list of restaurants in Virginia's Blue Ridge >
Check out the list below to find out which restaurants in our region are offering takeout, curbside, and delivery service. Purchasing gift cards to restaurants that can be used at a later date is another great way to show your support!
Pictured above: Rocky Mount Burger Company - Franklin County
We've also created a series of maps that feature which local restaurants are currently offering takeout, pickup, & delivery service:
NOTE: Visit VBR will continue to update this list. If a restaurant isn't listed, do not assume that it is not offering services. Please visit the websites and social media pages of specific restaurants & locations for the most up-to-date information on services and availability.
As part of the Phase Three Guidelines, craft beverage businesses are also allowed to offer indoor & outdoor service. Seating and congregating in bar areas remains prohibited. The following pages feature more information about craft beverage establishments in the region:
Many businesses have started offering special to-go and curbside delivery options. If you're unable to visit in person, consider purchasing a gift card for future use or a six pack of your favorite local craft beverage on the next trip to the grocery store.
In accordance with Phase Three Guidelines, brick-and-mortar retail businesses are allowed to open to the public and customers should keep at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other. The following pages feature more information on shopping in the region:
There are also lots of local stores and shops that offer online options, as well as gift cards that can help you be ready for your next shopping spree. Check out our list of Online Shopping Options in Virginia's Blue Ridge >
As part of the Phase Three Guidelines, many forms of entertainment and public amusement are allowed to reopen to the public, provided they follow safety requirements and guidelines and limit capacity to 30% or 250 patrons, whichever is less. Learn more about the following types of things to do in the region:
The local museums and attractions have also come up with creative ways to keep us educated and entertained virtually! Consider showing your appreciation by purchasing passes for a future date or becoming an annual member. Many of our partners are providing fun digital activities, virtual tours and resources that you can enjoy from home with your family, such as the following:
The hotels and lodging options in Virginia's Blue Ridge are here to provide a clean, refreshing space that can be part of a relaxing getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether it's a downtown hotel near great restaurants and museums, a charming B&B in a historic neighborhood, or secluded cabins and campgrounds, you'll find all kinds of great lodging in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
When things get back to normal, our local arts & culture organizations and event venues will get back to producing and presenting fantastic events! Many performing arts organizations and venues offer the option to purchase gift cards, so plan ahead and get ready for when the show goes on! Check out our Performing Arts page for more info on local organizations and venues in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Local venues are even getting creative and coming up with ways to stream live music and entertainment programming through social media, including the following:
We'd like to offer some other ways you can enjoy Virginia's Blue Ridge through popular TV shows, movies, music and books with local connections to the region. Here are some recommendations:
The following outdoor outfitters are offering various forms of services and rentals:
If you're getting out for a walk, run, or ride, we'd also encourage you to use free tools like STRAVA, MapMyWalk, MTB Project, and Trailforks so that you can track your route and share it with others!
Please note that many public restroom facilities in outdoor recreation areas are currently closed so plan accordingly. Visitors are also encouraged to pack out all of their own trash and help preserve the natural beauty of the region.
Here are some additional resources:
Find out how local markets are offering new ways for customers to continue to support our local farmers and vendors in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Find out how you can continue to enjoy entertainment from Virginia's Blue Ridge with local options for live music, movies, TV shows, Spotify playlists, and more.
Who's ready for a game? Download our Support Local Bingo card and see if you can check off everything on the list! Take pictures of completing the various items on the card and share it with us on Facebook & Instagram - @visitvbr
For our local businesses and organizations that are partners with Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge, we've created a special page in our Partnership section with additional resources and organizations to connect you with that can provide assistance during this time.
As many events in Virginia's Blue Ridge have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19, local organizations and event venues are hosting special virtual events that you can attend and enjoy in a digital format!
The following are helpful resources that other websites in the community have created, such as ideas for activities, ways to support local businesses, and updates related to cancellations and breaking news.
A great collection of content featuring resources and opportunities to enjoy digital experiences throughout the Commonwealth. These posts are from Virginia's Travel Blog, which is managed by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.