On Friday morning, Danville and Pittsylvania County, along with the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Danville Regional Foundation and the Virginia Department of Health, released a video highlighting the region as Virginia enters into Phase 2 of reopening following COVID-19 restrictions as a part of their “Standing Together, Six Feet Apart” campaign.

The video, which was produced by Parker Productions in Hurt, showcases businesses and community members throughout the region, from Danville to Hurt, and encourages the community to be neighborly as businesses begin to reopen.

Danville Regional Foundation’s Lori Merricks, who oversaw production of the video, said they planned the video to reach the area’s residents by showing their own community.

“[The video] is a good way to remind [viewers] why it is important to take care of the community,” Merricks said. “It represents us as a whole.”

Merricks said a second video will be released on June 15.

In Phase 2, restaurants will be able to operate indoors at 50 percent capacity, while gyms will be able to operate indoors at 30 percent capacity.

Groups of 50 may now gather, and museums, zoos, and botanical gardens can reopen.

In addition, the campaign also has “Standing Together, Six Feet Apart” marketing materials available for city and county businesses to help communicate that they are opening safely to the public by taking necessary precautions.

The “Standing Together, Six Feet Apart” awareness campaign was created in partnership to provide information and encouragement to the community as local establishments are reopened.

Alexis Ehrhardt, president and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, said this campaign has been one of the positives to come out of the pandemic

“This is the greatest collaboration,” Ehrhardt said. “...We’re working quickly as we think about health and safety.”

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