Governor Ralph Northam has issued a mandatory "Stay at Home" order for all Virginians, effective immediately.
All Virginians are ordered to stay in their residences and should only leave home for essential food, groceries, supplies, work or medical care. It is also acceptable to go outside for exercise.
The guidelines for essential and non-essential businesses remain the same. Restaurants can continue to operate with take-out, curb-side, drive-thru or delivery service only. Essential businesses must maintain 6-ft social distancing and sanitizing requirements. Non-essential retail stores are limited to no more than 10 customers at a time, while also adhering to the social distancing and sanitizing requirements.
VDH Update, Monday, April 6, 2020:
The Virginia Dept of Health now reports 2,878 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 in the state. That's up 241 cases from the previous day. There have been 54 deaths in the state, up 3 from the previous day.
Governor Northam is encouraging Virginians to follow CDC recommendations to wear cloth face masks when they venture out for essential needs, while also continuing to adhere to the six foot social distancing guideline.
Gov. Northam gives updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00 pm on Friday on the Governor's Facebook Page.
•All K-12 schools in Virginia are closed for the remainder of the school year.
•All recreational and entertainment businesses are closed, as well as personal care businesses such as salons, spas and massage parlors. Golf Courses may remain open, but clubhouses are closed.
•All Virginia Beaches are closed except for individual exercise.
•Restaurants can remain open but only for take-out, drive-thru, curb-side service, or delivery.
•The Virginia Dept of Health has opened public health call centers to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19 and related issues. See the list at ABC 13 -WSET.
•Centra Health has opened a coronavirus information hotline: 434-200-1225
•The state's Feeding Program is open to all Virginians in need of food assistance. Visit vafoodbanks.org for more information.
•Anyone needing social services can dial 211. The Domestic Violence Hotline continues to operate at 1-800-838-8238.
•The Virginia Employment Commission encourages all displaced workers to apply for benefits by phone or online. The one-week waiting period and active job search requirements have been waived. Apply at the VEC Website or call 1-866-832-2363.
•No visitors will be permitted at Carilion Clinic facilities. There are some exceptions: Carilion Clinic Visitor Policy
•Governor Northam has given Virginia law enforcement officers the ability to enforce the ban on public gatherings of more than ten people: ABC 13 - WSET
•Centra Health will close their hospital facilities to routine visitors and non-essential surgeries and procedures. Some exceptions will be made for obstetrical, pediatric, and end of life patients. More information from our media partner ABC 13 - WSET and the Centra Health Website.
List of local school systems offering free meals to out-of-school students. Click the links for details:
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