Governor's Public Health Emergency Order

Executive Order 79, Effective May 28

Seventh Amendment to Executive Order 72: Effective May 15- Updated April 30

Sixth Amendment to Executive Order 72 - Updated April 30

Fifth Amendment to Executive Order 72 - Updated April 4

Fourth Amendment to Executive Order 72 and Further Easing of Commonsense Surge Restrictions Due to COVID-19 - Updated March 26

Amendment to Executive Order 72 - Updated March 1 

Executive Order 72 and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine, Commonsense Surge Restrictions, and Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated December 10, 2020

Sixth Amendment to Executive Order 68- Further Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Eastern RegionUpdated November 23, 2020

Online Complaint Report for Violations of Executive Order 63 (Face Coverings) and Executive Order 65 (Phase Two Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions)

Executive Order 65 - Updated June 5, 2020

Phase 2 Guidance for All Business Sectors - Updated June 5, 2020

Governor’s Executive Order 63- Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations- Updated May 26, 2020

Phase 1 Food Establishment Guidance and Best Practices- May 15, 2020
                    -  Additional Forward Virginia Guidelines - Phase 1

Temporary Waivers- April 4, 2020

Guidance on Food Establishments - March 27, 2020

On March 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in which he asked Virginians to avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also advises limiting gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community. To further mitigate the spread of this virus, effective March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM food establishments were mandated to offer curbside takeout and delivery service only, or close to the public. View the Executive Order here.   Please note that violations of Executive Order 53 may results in enforcement action, up to issuance of summons, or restaurant permit suspension. 

In an effort to provide guidance to food establishments on how to operate in adherence to guidelines for protecting public health, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) provides the following key requirements and recommendations.

Food service must be limited to service of food intended for off-premise consumption ONLY. Eliminate seating of patrons on the premises (indoors or outdoors)

Home delivery of orders is allowed, as is curb-side pickup.

Patrons may enter food establishments to pick up their food, but to protect patrons and employees, social distancing must be maintained.  Additionally, food establishment employees must limit the number of patrons in the establishment at one time to less than ten.   As a best-practices recommendation, take-out orders should be brought outside to the patron by food-establishment employee(s).

Management should encourage customers waiting to pick up orders to maintain a minimum of 6 foot spacing.

In the case of convenience stores allowed to remain open under Executive Order 53, self-service of foods, including condiments and beverages, or single-service utensils are strongly discouraged.

Management should identify and implement operational changes that increase employee separation; however, social distancing to the full 6 feet may not be possible in some food facilities. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the risk of an employee transmitting COVID-19 to another is dependent on distance between employees, the duration of the exposu