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On May 9, 2020, Governor Northam issued Executive Order #61 concerning phase one for the easing of certain restrictions, on a temporary basis, due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Section A.2 of that order allows restaurant and beverage establishments to offer outdoor seating at fifty (50) percent of normal occupancy.
If parking areas are used to accommodate outdoor seating, Rockingham County is temporarily waiving minimum parking requirements for existing businesses. Fire lanes and paths for vehicle travel shall remain open and be clearly separated from seating areas by the use of traffic cones, ropes, or other methods of demarcation. No parking shall be permitted on state roads and shoulders. This policy will remain in effect until these businesses are permitted to resume full occupancy.
Full details on the requirements contained in the Governor’s Executive Order #61 can be found at
For further information regarding this temporary Rockingham County policy please contact Deputy Zoning Administrator Kelly Getz at (540) 564-6063 or at firstname.lastname@example.org