Governor Announces New Covid Restrictions

Governor Ralph Northam announces additional Covid restrictions on his Youtube page. (Youtube)
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Richmond, Va. ( - With rising cases both nationally and here in the Commonwealth, Governor Ralph Northam has announced new Covid-19 restrictions.  The restrictions go into effect at Midnight on Sunday.

The restrictions include:


  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor. 
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart. 


The Governor, in a Youtube video announcing the restrictions, did say Virginians have done a good job, comparatively, in fighting the virus.  But he says the positivity rate is going up, as are hospitilzations and deaths.


Former House Speaker, Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), released the following statement on the new COVID-19 restrictions announced by Governor Ralph Northam via video late Friday afternoon. "The Governor made this announcement just days after telling the public he would not impose any new restrictions in Virginia. And he did it late on a Friday afternoon without holding a press conference or answering any questions. At the time of his announcement, a copy of his new executive order was not even available for the public to review. "This is exactly the kind of ham-handed announcement we've come to expect from this administration. Governor Northam seems to change his mind more than a kid in the candy aisle. It is yet another serious failure to lead at a time when Virginia desperately needs steady guidance."