Governor Ralph Northam today announced that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity and social gathering limits will increase beginning on Saturday, May 15.

The announcement comes as vaccinations continue to rise in the commonwealth, and more than half of all adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement released from Northam’s office Thursday afternoon.

Northam also made the announcement in a new video message.

“It’s good news that half of all adults in Virginia have gotten a shot so far,” Northam said in his video. “Vaccination numbers are up, and our COVID-19 case numbers are substantially lower than they were earlier this year. So, we have been able to begin easing some mitigation measures. We took a few more targeted steps this week, and we will do more next month.”

The state will continue to mandate mask-wearing and social distancing, even though some commercial restrictions are will be eased.

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