Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. The Governor has also outlined these additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians:
The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:
The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:
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.
Governor Northam announced the following actions to protect working Virginians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak:
The Office of the Governor is providing a Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.
To submit a loan application for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
More information on deferring payment and how to file can be found here: www.tax.virginia.gov
Working with the Department of Medicaid Assistance Services, Governor Northam is increasing access to healthcare for Virginia’s 1.5 million Medicaid members and thousands of low-income residents. These actions include:
The Northam administration has issued guidance for child care providers to combat the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring ongoing support for essential personnel. These guidelines include:
Governor Northam directed the Department of Social Services to modify Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy program, currently caring for 25,000 children, to increase support and flexibility for enrolled families and providers. These modifications include:
Governor Northam directed the Virginia Department of State Police to suspend enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.
Governor Northam is encouraging local criminal justice officials, including Commonwealth’s attorneys, defense attorneys, sheriffs, and other jail officials, to explore proactive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring public safety. These recommendations include:
Our absolute top priority is to make sure Virginians stay safe and healthy, and that our response to this situation leaves no one behind. From our health department, to our schools, to our hospitals, to our transit systems, Virginia’s agencies and institutions have been thoroughly preparing for every scenario. I thank all Virginians for their ongoing patience and commitment to public health. Together, we will get through this.
NOTE: VDH is no longer reporting the pending number of tests as testing capacity has expanded to include commercial laboratories. Commercial laboratories report all results to VDH.
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