Stay up to date with the latest details on Virginia wineries openings and procedures in response to COVID-19.
In accordance with Virginia's Phase 1 guidelines for restaurant and beverage services, Virginia wineries will begin to reopen outdoor spaces at 50% capacity to customers.
Each winery will be adjusting their operations in various ways to best serve their customers. To ensure the best experience, call or visit the winery's website or social media pages for the most up-to-date information.
Many will be operating under revised hours of operation or may require a reservation. Tastings and product offerings may differ for the safety of customers. View wineries reopening their outdoor spaces.
Despite the variation in offerings, you will find the following measures taken at all wineries:
- Winery visits will be restricted in volume of people to outside spaces only, no indoor seating will be available in Phase 1 of reopening. Capacity will be different for each winery.
- Patrons are limited to a group size of 10 people or less.
- Physical distancing will be maintained at a minimum of six feet between all individuals as much as possible.
- This physical distancing will apply to tables and seating.
- Congregation areas and game areas will be closed except for through-traffic.
- Employees are required to wear face coverings and it is encouraged that customers do as well.
- Single use menus and no self-service food areas.
- Employees will self-measure their temperature and assess symptoms prior to each shift.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces including digital ordering devices, check presenters, self-service areas, tabletops, bathroom surfaces, and other common touch areas every 60 minutes during operation.
- Tabletops and credit card/bill folders must be disinfected between patrons.
- In accordance with Executive Order 61, employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times
- In accordance with Executive Order 63, all patrons in the Commonwealth aged ten and over shall when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside a winery will cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC.
The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to following:
- While eating or drinking;
- Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment;
- Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance;
- Any person seeking to communicate with the hearing impaired and for which the mouth needs to be visible;
- When temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to secure government or medical services; and
- Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering.
Nothing in this Order shall require the use of a face covering by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition. Any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.
As Virginia's wineries navigate these new procedures your continued support and patience is invaluable. Check back for continued updates as best practices and re-opening processes continue to evolve. Cheers to supporting #vawinetogether.