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Latest COVID-19 Information:
02/24/2021 – Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues as COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Infection Rates Continue to Fall, Vaccinations Rise
02/17/2021 – Governor Northam Unveils Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System
01/27/2021 – Governor Northam Announces New Actions to Speed Up Vaccinations, Increase Data Transparency (See Below for More)
12/29/2020 – Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
12/14/2020 – Governor Northam Welcomes First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine to Virginia
12/10/2020 – Governor Northam Announces New Mitigation Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread (full text below)
12/09/2020 – Virginia Allocates $100 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund, Benefitting 2,500 Small Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
11/13/2020 – Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19
10/28/2020 – Governor Northam Invites Small Businesses and Nonprofits to Apply for Up to $100,000 from Rebuild VA Grant Fund
10/23/2020 – Governor Northam Announces $22 Million for Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Program
06/18/2020 – Governor Northam Outlines Phase Three Guidelines to Lift Additional Public Health Restrictions
06/18/2020 – Governor Northam Announces New Recovery Marketing Aid for Tourism Businesses
06/09/20 – Governor Northam Shares Guidance for Phased Reopening of PreK-12 Schools
06/02/20 – Governor Northam Announces Phase Two Guidelines
05/26/20 – Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations
UPDATE: Governor Northam is extending Executive Order Seventy-Two, which outlines current mitigation measures and was set to expire on Sunday, January 31, 2021, through February 28, 2021. The full text of the amended executive order can be found here.
Virginians should stay at home from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings, limit social gatherings to 10
RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.
The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14:
- Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.
- Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
- Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.
- Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
- Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.
The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Two, which incorporates earlier Executive Orders Sixty-Three Sixty-Seven is available here.
January 27, 2021—Governor Ralph Northam announced new actions to further accelerate the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in Virginia. This includes implementing an aggressive inventory management strategy that will put an additional 40,000 shots in arms this week—beyond the 175,000 doses already scheduled, providing clear and consistent guidelines to local health departments for prioritizing the limited supply of doses, increasing data accuracy and transparency, streamlining vaccine registration, and extending mitigation measures. View the slide presentation here.
Governor Northam announced the following actions:
Temporary reallocation of unused inventory. Hospitals will make an additional 40,000 doses available shots this week by temporarily reallocating unused inventory. This will not impact the ability of individuals who receive a first dose of vaccine to get the second dose at the appropriate time, and vaccine providers will receive second doses in proportion to the first doses they administer.
Consistent guidelines for local health departments. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is issuing clear guidance to health districts about how to use the limited supply of doses available for Group 1B. This includes allocating roughly half of available doses for people age 65 and older. The other half should be used for frontline essential workers, people in congregate settings, and individuals aged 16-64 at increased risk of severe illness. Local health districts should use the order of priority for frontline essential workers outlined by VDH here.
Increasing data accuracy and transparency. To increase transparency and give Virginians more information about vaccination progress, VDH is launching an expanded COVID-19 vaccination data dashboard that includes additional information on distribution and usage by health district, facility type, and first and second doses. The new data dashboard can be found here.
Improve race and ethnicity data collection: The governor is directing clinicians to collect race and ethnicity information during vaccine registration and at the time the vaccine is administered. The governor is also backing legislation sponsored by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Chair Lamont Bagby that will make it a requirement to collect this information.
Streamlining vaccine registration. Governor Northam directed VDH to accelerate its work on a single statewide vaccine registration system that is currently under development and expected to be complete soon.
Continuing mitigation measures. Governor Northam is extending Executive Order Seventy-Two, which outlines current mitigation measures and was set to expire on Sunday, January 31, 2021, through February 28, 2021. The full text of the amended executive order can be found here.