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Posted on: March 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update by Gov. Ralph Northam

Highlights of actions Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced in an effort to help contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia.

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. This means that all restaurants, malls, fitness centers, and other businesses must comply with these regulations. Restaurants are encouraged to continue offering take-out, delivery or pick up options.
  • The practice of social distancing is highly encouraged in an effort to mitigate the spread of this disease. Anyone 65 or older should self-quarantine. The administration is working on solutions to ensure that older Virginians can still get food, medicine, and other needs met.
  • All DMV offices will be closed to the public. Online services remain available, so anyone who needs to renew a license or registration may do so online. For Virginians who have a license or registration that expires on May 15, 2020, there will be a 60 day extension.
  • Unemployment funds are available through the Virginia Employment Commission. The Governor has waived the one week waiting period so that workers can start receiving benefits right away. Affected workers or businesses can contact the Virginia Employment Commission for information on how to apply for help.
  • The Virginia Department of Health continues posting information on the number of cases on their website at noon, in addition to other resources. Please visit the VDH website often.
  • Keep taking basic health precautions by practicing good hygiene and healthy habits.

For additional information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), please visit:

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