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Indoor dining returns to Virginia as commonwealth enters Phase Two

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Posted at 5:53 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 11:13:21-04

As of Friday, Virginia's restaurant industry is one step closer to a return to normalcy.

The commonwealth is entering Phase Two of its coronavirus reopening plan, which includes lifting some restrictions on indoor dining.

Restaurants can now allow people to eat indoors up to 50 percent capacity and while following social distancing guidelines.

Employees must wear masks and customers must wear them except when eating and drinking, according to a mandate from Governor Ralph Northam.

Restaurants in Hampton Roads quickly announced they would take advantage of the rule change.

"We are excited to announce all Egg Bistro locations will be open this Friday at 7am with indoor seating. Our employees will be wearing a face mask and gloves when needed that are changed often," The Egg Bistro, with three locations on the Southside, posted to Facebook.

The Rustic Spoon in Virginia Beach, which opened weeks before coronavirus restrictions shut down all but takeout and delivery, told News 3 it immediately lost 80 percent of its business.

"...per governor Northam’s new order, we will be open for indoor dining at 50% capacity beginning tomorrow," the restaurant posted to Facebook on Thursday.

On the Peninsula, Hampton's Mango Mangeaux, a Simply Panache Bistro, told News 3 it would reinstate indoor dining sometime over the weekend.

For more information on Phase Two in Virginia, click HERE.