Gov. Northam’s COVID-19 Update – June 2, 2020

• Governor Northam addressed the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests all across Virginia, promising to “keep listening” to people of color. 

• Virginia will enter Phase 2 on Friday, June 5.

o The City of Richmond and the Northern Virginia region will remain in Phase One to allow more time for data trends to be monitored. 

FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase Two – Begins Friday, June 5 

• We have been in Phase One for close to three weeks, and data trends have not shown any new spikes or surges in cases. 

• Percent positivity continues to trend downward, and is around 10% for the majority of the state.

o This excludes the Northern Virginia region, which is why the area will remain in Phase One for longer. 

• Phase 2 will further ease restrictions, allowing for more businesses and recreational areas to re-open.

o Restaurants can now have both indoor and outdoor seating at 50% capacity. 

o Gyms can re-open with 30% capacity.

 This applies to fitness classes as well. 

o Outdoor entertainment facilities can open with social distancing measures. 

o Recreational sports will be permitted with social distancing measures and no shared equipment. 

o Pools can open for exercise and swim instruction. 

o People can gather in groups of up to 50. 

• More details will be provided on, and at Thursday’s press conference. 


• Hospitals continue to report no difficulty in acquiring adequate PPE. 

• The number of occupied beds remains well below capacity across the state. 

• Testing capacity continues to increase, while percent positivity decreases. 


• Total cases: 46,293 

• Total deaths: 1,407 


• The Department of Social Services will send guidance to childcare providers to help them prepare for greater demand as Virginia enters Phase 2.

o This guidance will focus on health and safety for both childcare providers and children. 

Next briefing: Thursday, June 4 at 2:00PM. 

NOTE: This is an informal and timely summary of the Governor’s live press briefing. To access recordings of the briefings, visit To access the Governor’s official news releases, visit 

Compiled by Commonwealth Strategy Group for the Virginia Press Association.

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