Virginia Covid cases trending down. Governor moves Commonwealth to Phase III
Due to a continued positive trend in cases and hospitalizations from Covid-19 Virginia moves to phase III of reopening on July 1, 2020. The new guidelines still ask for social distancing and masks to be worn inside public buildings. Below are updates on how the Phase III guidelines may impact your golf trip to Virginia.
Your golf course experience during Phase III
Most courses will now be moving to two riders per cart but many of the safety precautions that prevent high touch areas from multiple golfers will still be in place. Flags will remain in the hole with foam or PVC inserts, water coolers and rakes will not be on the course. Some courses may add rakes to carts, but they can be sanitized between uses with the rest of the golf cart.
Virginia kept their courses open throughout so course operators have a lot of practice with extra precautionary steps necessary to keep their guests safe during the pandemic.
Your overnight lodging experience during Phase III
For the most part, hotels and resorts will continue to operate as they have in phase II. Contactless check ins, daily house cleaning only upon request and those that offer breakfast changing to pre-made grab and go bags. A few have opened pools, but most will remain closed.
Your restaurant experience and other activities during phase III
Eating out is where you will see the biggest change. Restaurants can now offer up to 100% capacity as long as they can keep tables 6 feet apart from each other. Gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed but social distancing of 6 feet and masks are recommended. Retails stores are now fully open.
Virginia Golf Vacations suggestions for traveling golf groups
Groups that travel together should also stay and play together. If you are sharing a room that person should be your golf cart partner as well. If financially viable, we recommend individual rooms or a condo where each person can have their own bedroom and potentially bathroom as well.
When you eat out make a reservation or eat at the course following your round. Most golf courses have pretty good restaurants, they are generally under-utilized and almost all have outside dining.
If you have the itch to get out and play we are ready and Virginia has done a great job managing throughout the pandemic. To get started just request a quote, visit our promotions page to learn more about popular trips.