Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Courtesy of the governor's office)
**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Courtesy of the governor's office)

Just ahead of the Easter holiday weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has eased some of the state’s coronavirus restrictions to allow more people at social gatherings, entertainment venues, sports events and graduations.

The changes, as of Thursday:

– Social gatherings with the maximum number of people permitted to socialize increases to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

– Entertainment venues, both indoor and outdoor, will continue to operate at 30% capacity. Indoor venues must operate at 30% capacity or with a maximum of 500 people and outdoor locales must function at 30% capacity, with no specific cap on attendees.

– Recreation sporting events are allowed to increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30% capacity, whichever is less for indoor settings, and from 250 to 500 per field or 30% capacity, whichever is less for outdoor settings.

– In-person graduation and commencement events top out at 5,000 people or 30% of the venue capacity for outdoor events, whichever is less. Indoor events may be up to 500 people or 30% of the venue capacity, whichever is less. People attending such events must wear masks and follow other guidelines and safety protocols to ensure distancing.

Virginia is presently in phases 1a, 1b and 1c of its vaccination plan. Roughly 31% of the state’s population has had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 17% has been fully inoculated.

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