While President Trump has formally extended social distancing guidelines to April 30th, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a “stay-at-home” order to June 10th.
WWBT reports Governor Ralph Northam implored Virginians to stay at home Monday as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the commonwealth.
The official “stay-at-home” order comes as the Virginia Department of Health reports 1,020 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths and 136 hospitalizations throughout the state.
It will begin immediately and last until June 10 unless rescinded or amended.
“We are at the beginning of a period of sacrifice,” said Northam during a press conference. “This is an unprecedented and difficult time; it will be hard for people, and I understand that. But I have faith in you as Virginians. We need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly.”
The order will allow people to leave their homes for essential services like seeking medical attention, buying groceries, banking and more. But Northam asks that anyone who can work from home to do so.
BREAKING: @GovernorVA issues “Stay at Home” order. This makes most of the suggestions from his office official now. He’s also ordering beaches and campgrounds to close. There will be some enforcement but local police won’t have broad arresting powers. @NBC12 pic.twitter.com/A9Ayc0jYAY
— Henry Graff (@HenryGraff) March 30, 2020
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