Virginia Chamber Statement on Governor Northam’s Face Covering Mandate

RICHMOND, VA –Following Governor Northam’s announcement of Executive Order 63 and information stated during the press conference concerning the Virginia Department of Health’s authority to revoke a business’s license for non-compliance, Virginia Chamber President and CEO Barry DuVal issued the below statement:

“As businesses continue to adapt to the current environment and restrictions associated with Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan, it is unreasonable to hold them accountable for the enforcement of this new mandate, which could create unsafe situations for workers tasked with confronting non-compliant customers.

“The Virginia Chamber continues to strongly encourage the use of face coverings to prioritize the safety of our citizens, but is deeply concerned by the burden the enforcement of this mandate will place on the thousands of businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”


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