Masks to be required inside public places

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said masks would be required inside public places such as retail stores and restaurants beginning on Friday, May 29. 

In other coronavirus news, one fatality attributed to the virus has been reported in Louisa County, according to the Thomas Jefferson Health District. A district spokeswoman said she could not reveal the date the person died. The total number of cases reported in Louisa as of Tuesday afternoon is 73, with nine hospitalizations.

Northam said he would leave it to the Virginia Department of Health to determine how to enforce the mask requirement. His chief of staff, Clark Mercer, said authorities have the option of issuing warnings to businesses that do not require customers to wear masks inside.

People are not required to wear masks while eating or drinking; exercising; or if they have a medical condition that may preclude wearing a mask, Northam said. The requirement will also not apply to children under age 10.

Last updated May 26 at 3:22 p.m.

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