Gov. Ralph Northam cleared the way for the second phase of his plan to reopen Virginia following the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase Two begins on Friday, June 5.

These are some of the changes we’ll see during Phase Two:

  • Gatherings will be limited to 50 people, rather than 10
  • Entertainment venues are able to open
  • Restaurants can have indoor seating again, limited to 50% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers can have indoor classes and workouts, limited to 30% capacity
  • Pools can open, with some restrictions
  • Zoos, botanical garden and museums can open again, with some restrictions
  • Recreational sports can again happen, with physical distance requirements in place
  • Northern Virginia and Richmond will remain in Phase One and masks will still be required in indoor spaces.

 

North Carolina is currently under Phase Two.

 

The Municipal Building, the Charles H. Harris Financial Service Center, and all other City of Danville governmental buildings will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 11, with modifications due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Each building has a slightly different protocol for reopening that has been developed by the department responsible for that building.

For the Municipal Building, the following protocols will be in place:

  • Access will be limited to the first-floor entrance (Police Department) on Court Street.
  • A City employee will be stationed inside the entrance. The employee will ask the visitor the purpose of their visit, issue a badge, and tell them how to get to the appropriate location.
  • Temperatures will be checked by an infrared scan.
  • Visitors will be asked to wear a mask while in the building unless they have a medical condition that exempts them from the mask requirement.

If there is a public meeting, visitors will need to announce their plans to attend that public meeting.

At the Charles H. Harris Financial Service Center, the protocols will be as follows for the customer accounts services:

  • Only the account holder will be allowed to enter the building for service.
  • Floors will be marked for social distancing, which will limit the number of customers who can enter the building.
  • Temperatures will be checked by an infrared scan.
  • Customers will be asked to wear a mask while in the building unless they have a medical condition that exempts them from the mask requirement.

The Danville Department of Social Services will reopen for appointments only. Citizens may continue to utilize Commonhelp at https://www.commonhelp.virginia.gov or call the call center at 1-855-635-4370 to apply for benefits (SNAP, TANF, medical assistance). Caseworkers will continue to be available by telephone for any questions or concerns. The number is 434-799-6543.

The James F. Ingram Justice Center (courthouse) has remained open and will continue to operate under the protocols that have been in place.

The Mass Transit transfer center and the Danville Regional Airport terminal will reopen under standard protocols.

The Municipal Building and all other City offices have been closed to the public since March 24. The action was taken to help prevent exposure to and the transmission of the coronavirus.

 

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