Ralph Northam 11.10.2020

Gov. Ralph Northam listens to a question during a news conference in Richmond on Nov. 10, 2020. 

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is lowering the cap on public gatherings and tightening other restrictions in response to the state's growing number of COVID-19 cases.

Northam announced Friday afternoon that both indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people, down from a previous cap of 250 people that had been in effect statewide since July 1. 

That reduction and the other changes will take effect at midnight on Sunday night, Nov. 15.

The governor also is prohibiting the on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. In addition, all such establishments must close by midnight. 

Northam also is expanding the statewide mask mandate to include children between the ages of 5 and 9. Previously the mandate requiring masks to be worn indoors in public places applied to children ages 10 and up.

“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” Northam said in a news release. 

The number of cases statewide is up about 20% over the past week and nearly 33% in the past two weeks, and hospitalizations are also on the rise.   Local and state government officials in Maryland and the District of Columbia have also tightened coronavirus restrictions in the past few days. 

Northam noted that while the biggest surge in cases recently has been in Southwest Virginia, all regions of the state are seeing increases.  Northern Virginia's current seven-day average of about 400 cases a day is the highest it has been since early June. 

While Northam did not impose additional restrictions on retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, he noted that they 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 be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor, he said. 

“Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives," he added. "I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work." 

In a news conference Tuesday, Northam had said he didn't see a need to tighten restrictions and instead highlighted the state's increased testing capacity. 

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(26) comments

Rebel

In reply to "iwouldntgiveabean" are you referring to antifa and BLM, or the democratic party? 🤔

Iwouldntgiveabean

I am referring to the user 411Catharpin as they are using verbage that advocates violence against the government. Pretty sure that is also against the TOS of this site. And it is the same rhetoric as the militiamen who plotted to kidnap the governor of Michigan. The same folks who threatened to burn down PA capital building. The snowflakes who think they are entitled to not wear a mask.

Stoptheinsanity

You need to go find a woman

Iwouldntgiveabean

You need a hug.

Stoptheinsanity

If you are scared of dying stay home

PWC resident since '69

What is next Ralphy? Boxcars to the showers for those who fail to conform?

Patrick Fitztom

Don’t I wish. If we could gas all the NoVA MAGAts, the state’s average IQ would go up 40 points!

411Catharpin

Friends get used to the daily barrage if mandates and Leftist propaganda. Since the Socialists control the media weak kneed racists like Northam simply does as the party leader, those above traitor joes paygrade, dictates. Northam is the stooge of the Leftist socialist party and now that he has killed off small business main street as ordered we shall line up, take the mark of the vaccine, allow facial recognition and tracing so each and every move we make will be watched, and all information will come from the socialist party.

Then they will take your guns before you can revolt and hunt them down

Soon the blue field of stars on our once proud flag will feature a red background and a single chinese star.

Or will we have the courage to FIGHT

Iwouldntgiveabean

Hey crackhead, check out 18 US Code 2385 Advocating overthrow of Government:

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

You are literally doing this on an online forum. Quit your BS.

Stoptheinsanity

What is wrong with you???

Iwouldntgiveabean

What time zone are you in that warrants a 3AM response?

tman

(first 12 mo)

tman

1.3 people die every minute in the US from covid complications. Twist that however you like, but 300k people will have died over its first 6 months in the US, maybe another 150k before we can vaccinate.

covid2021

Why is no one talking about the mortality rate which apparently is down 30% since April? If you search BIG google you have to dig and dig to find anything on it. Is BIG twitter blocking news about it too? These are all democrat establishments.

Iwouldntgiveabean

I found articles in 5 secs.

https://www.google.com/search?q=covid+mortality+rate+down+since+april&rlz=

It has been known. It is old news. It has been talked about. Boolean those searches!

Stoptheinsanity

[alien][alien][alien][alien][alien]

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

I expect nothing less from those who feel emboldened by their party’s swing toward Com/Socialism.

StaffordLiving

Covid is kinda like Mogwais/gremlins. If you drink after 10, you will change into a covid patient.

PWC resident since '69

Way to screw the small business community! Most people will buy their booze and go home to consume in their homes in small close quarters with many non family members! What a dunce ! Gade please run for Governor you can definitely beat out the rapist Fairfax

Iwouldntgiveabean

The small business community brought this on themselves. They skirt the rules, did not adhere to medical advice, and ignored the virus.

And the people going out to said establishments generally are not of the mindset that wearing masks mitigate the spread.

So we shouldnt be surprised at the outcome.

Stock up on your TP again. Wear the mask. Minimize going out.

covid2021

Those pesky small businesses! If they just shutdown for the whole year COVID would be gone by now! We now have to keep feeding Bezos and other billionaire democrats! Seriously, what kind of statement is "the small business community brought this on themselves" You sound like a classic big tech, big business, kick the little guy to the curb democrat who probably works for the federal government. What kind of people do these small businesses hire anyway? hmmm...

Iwouldntgiveabean

You know, I have never seen you advocate for safety on these forums. Not once. Only spreading disinformation and encouraging unsafe social health practices.

Bars, clubs, and social gathering events of all types have a direct link to cases rising. And that mentality is heavily associated with those that followed Trump, a guy who doesnt care if you live or die as long as he gets your money.

Speaking of billionaires, what words do you have for Sheldon Adelson or Charles Koch? How bout Rupert Murdoch whose Fox network is turning on the president?

And the federal government takes care of their employees and impose very stringent and reasonable guidelines for their buildings.

Soily

Feeling a little pompous today? Perhaps Jesus had your kind in mind in Luke 18:9.

Iwouldntgiveabean

You gotta stop having dreams like Ezekiel 23:20. That is sick bro.

Rebel

Ol blackface (or was he in the KKK outfit?🤔) must be preparing the state for the democratic total

lockdown to come in January. Biden and the democratic stasi will be in for a rude awakening - I suspect. 🥸

covid2021

He asked for facial recognition software to be used, it's clear he was in the clan hood, but the democrats have him wrapped around their finger which is what they do to the old southern democrats these days. He probably thinks he's LBJ

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