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Virginia ABC Stores Relaxing COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

The ABC Store in Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control)

STATEWIDE — As of Friday, May 28, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) stores in Virginia have lifted COVID-19 safety measures for store patrons.

After recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Governor Northam’s announcement to this effect, Virginia ABC will no longer require its customers to stand socially distanced (or 6 feet apart) while in the store.

“Virginia has made great progress in the fight against COVID-19, and we’re happy to be taking these steps to return to pre-pandemic operations in our stores,” said Virginia ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “Vaccination is key to the commonwealth’s success in this fight, and we echo Governor Northam’s call to encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as they can.”

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While Virginia ABC is requiring all nonvaccinated customers to continue to wear a mask, it will not be asking for proof of vaccination status. Like many places in Virginia, customers will be on the “honor system,” due to the lack of accountability required by the state government.

Safety measures will still be taken by the stores, as per guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the CDC. These measures include: hand sanitizer placed at the registers, Plexiglass shields also at the registers, and frequent cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces.

Additionally, the Virginia ABC is offering online order, which will allow customers to purchase products from the website and then pick it up in the store. To order online, visit the website for the Virginia ABC.

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