RICHMOND, VA – Thursday, Governor Ralph Northam announced a stay-at-home order and modified restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Virginia.
“New daily case numbers are higher than they have been at any previous point in the pandemic, and while the trends in Virginia are better than most of the country, we are taking action now to slow the spread of this virus before our hospitals get overwhelmed,” Governor Northam said. “We already have strong public health measures in place, and with these additional steps, we can turn this around.
The following mandates will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday:
All Virginians must remain at home from midnight to 5 a.m. Exceptions include going to get food and goods, going to and from work, and seeking medical attention.
Masks are now required when outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible and in all indoor areas shared with others besides when in your own household. (This doesn’t apply to children under five.)
All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. (This does not apply to churches, businesses and schools.)
At high school sporting events, 25 people are allowed for indoor sports and only two guests per player are allowed for outdoor sports.
The sale of alcohol remains prohibited after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room and these places must close by midnight.
The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Two is available here.
The order will remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless canceled or expended.