Virginia Governor Northam Issued an executive order today, March 30th, requiring all individuals in Virginia to remain at their place of residence, except as provided below by this Order and prior Executive Order 53. The Order will remain in effect until June 10th, unless modified or rescinded sooner.
To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must always maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person, except for family or household members or caretakers.
Exceptions to Stay at Home Order
Virginia residents subject to the Order may leave their home for the following activities:
- Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53;
- Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
- Taking care of other individuals, animals, or visiting the home of a family member;
- Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or childcare;
- Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements;
- Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work;
- Traveling to and from an educational institution;
- Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services;and
- Leaving one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement, or at the direction of another government agency.
In addition, all public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten (10) individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor. This restriction does not apply:
- To the operation of businesses not required to close to the public under Executive Order 53; or
- To the gathering of family members living in the same residence.
For more information about this announcement, click on this link where you will find the full text of the Governor’s Order.