We really do not know what to say about COVID-19 aka the corona virus. I do not think that any of us have quite lived through or even thought about anything like this in our lifetime. Not even the polio epidemic of the 1950s can really compare. Whether it is due to the nature of the virus, the access to information, the ease of human travel/interaction, or a combination of the above – we just do not know.
We are going to try to do our best to interpret some of the guidelines and restrictions that Governor Northam’s Executive Oder puts in place from March 24, 2020 through April 23, 2020. Please keep in mind this is our best interpretation of the order:
All public and private gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited.
School will be conducted online for the remainder of the school year.
Daycare centers can remain open, but must limit themselves to 10 children, giving priority to families who cannot keep their children at home, and must still follow all Health Department guidelines.
For essential personnel, the Virginia Department of Education will issue guidance on childcare services.
All food related businesses must close their dine-in areas and are restricted to carry-out or delivery.
All recreation, personal care, and entertainment-based businesses must be closed to public access.
Essential businesses may remain open;
Stores selling food, beverage, pharmacy products
Medical, laboratory (including drug testing), and vision supply retailers
Stores selling or servicing cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communication technology
Auto parts and repair facilities
Home improvement/hardware stores
Lawn and garden stores
Beer, wine, and liquor stores
Gas stations and convenience stores
Retail within healthcare facilities
Banks and financial institutions
Pet and feed stores
Printing and office supply stores
Laundromats and dry cleaners
Any business with a physical store that is not listed above may remain open only if they limit their customers to no more than 10 at a time and maintain social distancing guidelines. Any store unable to comply must close.
All businesses must adhere to social distancing, enhanced sanitizing, and any other relevant workplace guidelines from state or federal authorities.
Professional businesses may remain open but should utilize teleworking as much as possible. Where telework is not possible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing, enhanced sanitizing, and relevant workplace guidelines from state or federal authorities.
This order will not affect health care services, access to essential services for low-income residents, media, law enforcement, or operation of the government.
Violations of paragraphs 1, 3, 4, and 6 is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.