ARLINGTON, Va. — The Road to Recovery has many people across the DMV looking forward to resuming their Sunday morning appointments at church. Now that Virginia is in Phase 3 of reopening, more churches are allowing people back inside.
One church is the Saint Charles Catholic Church in Arlington, which has a few new rules in place. Under Phase 3, the capacity restrictions for 50% occupancy have been lifted -- but social distancing must still be adhered to. Beyond staying six feet apart, individuals 10-years-old and older must wear face masks unless they have a health issue that prevents them from doing so.
There are also different masses to attend rather than strictly online services, with options for parishioners to sign up online and encourage more overall turnout with less crowds
Rev. Donald Planty Jr., the pastor of Saint Charles Catholic Church, said he’s excited to see the congregations gather inside the church and for life to "slowly get back to normal."
For more information on service schedules at Saint Charles, click here.
Reopening the DMV:
- Virginia has begun Phase 3 of reopening. More details about Phase III in Virginia here.
- A last-minute change prohibits bar seating in Phase 3 of Virginia's reopening. More details here.
- D.C. is now in Phase II of reopening. It means restaurants and non-essential retail can open indoors at 50% capacity and gyms and yoga studios can reopen with restrictions. Full details on what Phase II means in D.C. here.
- D.C. Metro has reopened some stops. Here's what you need to know.
- All of Maryland is now in Phase II, and the state's largest casino, MGM National Harbor, has reopened.
- Amusement parks have begun declaring opening dates. Click here for more on those.
- There's been a spike in new cases nationally, but the DMV is bucking that trend. Here's why.