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Limited Reopening for Public Beaches and Racetracks Starts Friday
Limited Reopening for Public Beaches and Racetracks Starts Friday

May 28, 2020Governor Northam announced that Virginia’s public beaches and racetracks will be able to re-open on a limited basis, starting May 29. 

Public beaches have been restricted to fishing and exercise only. They will be allowed to open to other recreational activities, but social distancing and cleaning will be required. Other restrictions include no gatherings of more than ten people, no tents, no alcohol, and no group sports.

Governor Northam also announced that race tracks, including NASCAR, other vehicle racing, and horse tracks, will be allowed to run single-day events, under strict guidelines.

Race events cannot be open to the public, and no spectators will be allowed.

Detailed guidance on restrictions for beaches and race tracks can be found in the Amended Executive Order 61 and Order of Public Health Emergency 3.

Governor Northam also amended Executive Directive 7, which covers actions by the Department of Motor Vehicles to fight COVID-19. Virginia’s DMV is reopening customer service centers slowly, and with appointments required. Due to demand for license and ID services, the governor is extending the time Virginians have to renew expiring driver’s licenses or ID cards. If a license or ID expires before July 31, you have until August 31 to renew it.


Accurate, reliable information about COVID-19 can be found on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website.

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