Friday, Dec 18, 2020

New COVID-19 Restrictions in Virginia

As most Virginians are aware, Governor Northam announced additional COVID-19 related restrictions statewide that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14. The restrictions include a modified stay at home order and a limit of 10 individuals for social gatherings. This mandate will be in effect through January 31, 2021 unless rescinded or amended.

Following are some of the new measures that took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14:

Universal mask requirements: 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 expanded the previous statewide mask mandate.

Reduction of social gathering limit to 10 people: All public and private in-person gatherings must now be limited to 10 individuals, down from the previous cap of 25 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings. 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.

Modified stay-at-home order with curfew between 12:00-5:00 a.m.: 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.

Continued limits on dining, retail, recreational establishments: Virginia businesses, including but not limited to, restaurants, retail, and gyms are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements. For the latest requirements included in the Governor’s newest Executive Order Seventy-Two, click here.

Virginia’s Emergency Temporary Standards continue to apply to all businesses, even those that may not be specifically listed in the Executive Orders’ workplace requirements.

Our Covid-19 Response Team continues to be available to any individual or business that needs help interpreting the requirements of the Executive Orders or the Emergency Temporary Standards.