LEAD NEWS: Governor Northam orders "Stay at Home" Order
Earlier today, Governor Northam ordered Virginians to 'stay at home' in response to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. State residents will be able to leave their homes for services deemed essential such as seeking medical attention, buying groceries, banking, and more. In addition, he is asking anyone who can work from home to do so.
The Executive Order also all Virginia colleges to suspend in-person classes, closes private campgrounds for short-term stays of less than 14 days, and closes beaches except for fishing and exercise. State parks remain open for day-use only. Earlier guidance prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people and recommendations to stay 6 feet apart remain in effect.
Restaurants may remain open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery
ly. It also appears that there have not been any changes that will impact hotels at this time.
The order will be in effect until June 10, unless updated or rescinded before then. Those not in compliance can be criminally charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.
President Trump has also extended the federal recommendation for social distancing to April 30.