HOPEWELL, Va. -- Crews shut down some streets in Hopewell Wednesday so that restaurants can create outdoor dining areas.
Part of Library Street along with a nearby alleyway in the downtown area were cordoned off so four restaurants can use the space for tables and chairs.
That will allow them to reopen for outside dining as part of Virginia's Phase One guidelines.
The setup was completed Wednesday, so those restaurants will start serving guests Thursday.
City leaders said the closures will continue until Phase Three begins.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.