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Belly up to the bar: Virginia rolls back bar seating restrictions

Posted at 10:07 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 10:07:49-04

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has rolled back restrictions on bar seating that have been in place since the start of the pandemic.

The changes were contained in an amended executive order signed Wednesday, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Restaurants, dining establishments, and other venues can use bar seating only if there is six feet between patrons, according to the order. The previous version of the order said bar seats and other “congregating areas” of restaurants had to be closed.

Dining and drinking establishments must keep up other precautions, like regular cleaning and distancing tables.

The order also makes two small changes announced earlier this week. It relaxes limits on outdoor races and allows school performances like plays and musicals to take place.