Governor Northam is ordering some tighter restrictions in efforts to contain the state’s resurgence of COVID-19. He issued a “modified stay-at-home” order this afternoon and ordered a statewide curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. The curfew does not include anyone going to work. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
Limits of social gatherings will be reduced from 25 to 10. His latest order also requires Virginians to wear face masks in indoor settings shared with others — and outdoors anytime you are within 6 feet of another person. Northam did not order any sort of lockdown or business shutdown, and he is not imposing any additional restrictions on restaurants. He did say Virginia will step up its enforcement of his COVID executive orders.Northam says the “modified stay at home order” is effective through January 31st, and depending upon circumstances, it could either be cut short or extended.
- Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.
- Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
- Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.
- Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
- Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.