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Posted on: March 18, 2020

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Governor Northam’s Mandatory Stay-at-Home Announcement (Monday, March 30)

Governor Northam announced a mandatory stay-at-home order for all Virginia residents on Monday, March 30. The order (Executive Order Fifty-five) directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. 

Individuals may leave their residence 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-Three (see details below), and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements. The order is in effect from March 30 through June 10, 2020.

Read the Executive Order Fifty-Five news release or the Executive Order Fifty-Three frequently asked questions here.

Governor Northam’s Announcement (Monday, March 23)

Governor Northam made a number of announcements that will affect City residents and businesses.These are in effect from Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, April 23. Read the news release or the frequently asked questions here. Highlights include:

Public Gatherings
All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.

Recreation and Entertainment Businesses
The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops;
  • Bowling alleys, trampoline parks, arts and craft facilities, escape rooms, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments
All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public; however, these establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services.

Retail Businesses
The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
  • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
  • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
  • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
  • Pet stores and feed stores;
  • Printing and office supply stores; and
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

All essential retail establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. 

Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.


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