As of June 5th,Virginia Wine Country has been granted permission to operate under Phase II guidelines.
This is more exciting news, and while there are still some important precautions to keep in mind, it’s another big step toward “normalcy.”
What to Expect:
Each winery operating under phase I or II will be handling their operation a little differently. Most are still requiring reservations and/or offering a limited product line.
The biggest difference between Phase I and II is that wineries may now offer “dine in” (inside) seating options, and may operate at up to a 50% capacity. Many wineries are also beginning to offer self-guided tastings.
Contact the winery directly to ensure the most up-to-date reopening information.
Regarding your Wine Pass Offers:
Glass and bottle purchase discounts are, as they have been, ready to use. Tasting discounts apply for those wineries opting to provide self-guided tasting or small reserved tastings. Wineries not offering tastings are under no obligation to offer a substitute deal.
There will, of course, be procedures in place to help ensure that your visit is a safe one. Be on the look out for the following measures which must be adhered to in phase II:
- Volume of guests will be restricted; No more than a 50% capacity.
- Parties are limited to a group size of 50 people or fewer, including children.
- Physical distancing will be maintained at a minimum of six feet between all individuals as much as possible to include tables and seating.
- Congregation areas and game areas will be closed except for through-traffic.
- Employees are required to wear face coverings. Customers are not required to wear face masks if eating or drinking.
- Disposable menus will be used. There will be no self-service food areas.
- Employees will take their temperature and assess symptoms prior to each shift.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces every 60 minutes during operation.
- Tabletops and credit card/bill folders must be disinfected between patrons.