Limits on gatherings
In an effort to contain the outbreak, Northam said Tuesday that the state would ban gatherings of 10 or more people, in line with federal guidance.
The ban exempts grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, manufacturing plants and distribution centers, as well as transportation hubs like airports and bus depots.
“I’m much more about carrots than I am of sticks. I’m here today to ask Virginians to be part of the solution, and hopefully we won’t get to the point where we have to do a lot of enforcement,” Northam said Tuesday.
Northam said Virginia would not call for restaurants and bars to close, saying that many Virginians obtain their daily meals from such establishments.
Restaurants, he said, are asked to abide by the limit on gatherings. He said that if the number of people in the space extends beyond 10 people, the state is asking establishments to offer takeout and delivery.
“Forty-five percent of Virginians get their meals from restaurants,” Northam said. “I think we have to be very careful, very prudent. We want to keep Virginians healthy, but we also know they need to eat and get adequate nutrition.”