Gov. Northam lifts extra COVID-19 restrictions for Hampton Roads

Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday the region would join the rest of the state that’s already in Phase 3 of the “Forward Virginia” plan — meaning no more special restrictions for the area as of Thursday night at 11:59 p.m.

The emergency order was specific to Hampton Roads with an emphasis on restaurants and social gatherings — the primary source of infections in the region. It started July 31 and included a last call for bars at 10 p.m., 50-percent capacity for indoor dining, and limits on gatherings of more than 50 people.

Localities included under the restrictions were: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County and York County.