Governor issues stay-at-home order

Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order today in response to reports people in parts of the state continue to gather in large groups.

The order bans public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals, including parties, religious or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors. The restriction does not apply to the operation of businesses not already required to close.

People can continue to leave their homes to buy food and other essential items. Several other exceptions are listed in the order, such as seeking medical attention and travel to and from work.

Effective April 1, reservations are no longer permitted for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at privately-owned campgrounds. Public beaches are closed.

The order is in force until June 10, unless the governor rescinds it.

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