Virginia Tightens Pandemic Restrictions

On Friday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued updated rules and restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Per Northam’s amended orders, all public and private indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people, down from the previous limit of 250. The new measures took effect Sunday at midnight. The order also strengthens the enforcement of coronavirus precautions at retail stores; violations will now be a class one misdemeanor, enforceable by the state health department.

In Maryland, courts are scaling back operations and suspending most trials until January. Only certain types of cases will continue to be heard in district court, which includes landlord-tenant cases. The announcement comes just a few days after Governor Larry Hogan tightened restrictions on indoor dining and gatherings, and strongly encouraged all businesses to take immediate steps to expand telework. 

 DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has indicated that the city might impose new restrictions as the region moves toward winter.