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Ralph Northam Issues 'Stay-At-Home' Order Due To Coronavirus

Jeff Katz
March 30, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a "stay-at-home" order for the state of Virginia on Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The order will go into effect immediately and will last until June 10. This comes as the official number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Virginia has reached 1,020. There have also been 25 deaths reported and 136 hospitalizations.

People will be allowed to leave their homes for essential needs such as buying groceries, food and seeking medical services. The governor implored those who can work from home to do so.

Outdoor activities such as walking or running will still be allowed as long as residents continue to follow social distancing guidelines and do not violate the state's ban on gatherings of 10 or more people.

The order will close the state's beaches to all activities except exercise and fishing (provided strict social distancing is observed). State parks will remain open for use during the day only. 

Restaurants will remain open for takeout and delivery only. Other stores are also allowed to stay open, but must have 10 or fewer customers inside at any given time.

This order also instructs all colleges and universities in the state to cease in-person classes and teaching.

Those who do not comply with the order could face class 1 misdemeanor charges.