**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tours a Virginia Emergency Support Team warehouse on May 14. (Courtesy of the governor's office via Twitter)
**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tours a Virginia Emergency Support Team warehouse on May 14. (Courtesy of the governor's office via Twitter)

As Virginia enters the third phase of its reopening plan Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam warned that the process comes with restrictions.

The activities in which people can once again partake include eating at buffets, swimming in a pool without being restricted to a single lane for exercise, bowling, roller skating, arcade-game playing, gambling and participating in just about any other entertainment and recreation from before.

However, as of late Tuesday when Northam extended a ban on bar seating, he noted that hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools, and interactive play features remain closed, as do outdoor summer camps.

The new phase-three rules on entertainment also mean people can expect a lot of masks.

“Signage should include the requirement to wear face coverings at all times and to maintain six feet of physical distance between people who do not reside in the same household,” the new rules state.

Movie theaters, which are now permitted to reopen, are almost all waiting a few more weeks until the movie studios debut their first new wide-release movies since March.

The Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg passed on reopening due to a restriction that would have limited it to a maximum of 1,000 people.

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