RICHMOND, VA – Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Monday afternoon.
The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.
The order allows people to leave their homes for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Five, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.
It also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person classes and instruction.
Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise.
“We are in a public health crisis, and we need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly,” Governor Northam said. “Our message to Virginians is clear: stay home. We know this virus spreads primarily through human-to-human contact, and that’s why it’s so important that people follow this order and practice social distancing. I’m deeply grateful to everyone for their cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult time.”
The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Five can be found here.