It’s the news local restaurants — and gyms — have been waiting for. Loudoun County and the all of Northern Virginia will catch up with the rest of the state when they are allowed to move to Phase Two restrictions this Friday, June 12.

The restrictions are in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new rules, some of the restrictions have been loosened, just as they were when we moved to Phase One on May 29.

  • Restaurants and bars — which have been restricted to carry-out food and, more recently, outdoor dining only will now be able to seat guests in their dining rooms. However, restaurants will be limited to 50 percent of their usual capacity to allow for social distancing among tables.
  • Gyms and fitness centers in Loudoun — which have been shuttered since March when the coronavirus pandemic took off — will be allowed to open, but only at 30 percent capacity.
  • Other changes include allowing gatherings of up to 50 people and swimming pools can open, but only for exercise and swim lessons.
  • Movie theaters, amusement parks and county fairs remain off limits.

(Image at top: The Conche at the Village at Leesburg)