Northam Mondsay

Gov. Ralph Northam suggested Monday that Northern Virginia will see a delay in lifting strict restrictions on businesses across the region. The comments came after calls from local elected leaders and health officials over the weekend to wait for COVID-19 conditions to improve.

The rest of the state is expected to start lifting some restrictions on businesses, mainly stores and salons, as well as churches, beginning May 15. But NoVa leaders sent a joint letter to Northam on Sunday calling for a delay in the region due to the rising number of cases and concerns hospitals won’t be able to handle a surge after businesses reopen.

Northam pointed out that Northern Virginia is seeing a significant portion of the state's cases, a larger percent of positive tests and more hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

"We’ll continue to work with those officials on a slower Phase One," Northam said, noting there is no decision on how long the region will wait.

A regional delay would likely include communities from Prince William and Loudoun counties to the border with Washington, D.C.

The message Sunday to the governor from board chairs in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the mayor of Alexandria stressed that  “any changes to current policies be guided by what is occurring in our region.”

“We eagerly wish to rebuild our economy and help our residents recover,” the joint letter stated. “It is only through our regional achievement of these milestones that we will be positioned to avoid a more damaging return to business closures later in the summer.”

Northern Virginia accounted for more than 70% of new cases Monday. The area has more than half of the state’s total cases, despite having less than 40% of the state’s population.

The governor's decision will likely send new visitors to nearby communities that would follow state guidelines, including Warrenton, Fredericksburg and Stafford County.

Northern Virginia residents won't be restricted from traveling to other parts of the state, but Northam encouraged residents to follow guidelines, like staying at home whenever possible.

Phase One lets churches and non-essential stores open at 50% capacity — they're currently limited to no more than 10 guests. Salon and spas can open by appointment only.

Restaurants can open outdoor dining spaces at 50% capacity and gyms are allowed to offer limited outdoor classes.

(25) comments

PWC resident since '69

Hello Stafford, Fauquier, Fredericksburg and Warrenton you will be getting my $$ soon! Governor Blackface has blinders on and cares nothing about small businesses!

Bob1

This governor is a moron. I agree with your comment. This used to be a great state but since Governor Blackface (lying idiot) it is going to hell.

S'ton

Which part of rising COVID-19 reports in NoVa do Northam critics not get? Was it the rate of infection or the death rate?

Of course it makes sense to delay &/or cautiously re-open, the way intelligent gov'ts. around the world are doing.

Counties w/zero to very few reported cases, OK--go for it & stay safe. Wear a mask to protect others. But more congested areas should absolutely go slow. That's not just medical/scientific sense, that's common sense: common sense for the Commonwealth.

BozoC

Which part of fudging the numbers do you not get? When you change the way the number are counted in midstream how that's obvious fraud. They are trying to stretch this out as long as possible with hopes of pinning it all on Trump. https://www.roanoke.com/news/local/virginia-covid-19-cases-increase-by-1-055-department-now-counting-tests-not-people/article_d3335675-baf9-5d26-8f8c-bd3018cba8fa.html

InsideCommenter

The fact that you posted this shows the lack of understanding here. The reality is that they are counting tests because you need to know who does or doesn't have the virus. That way we can contact trace, people, and have targeted quarantines instead of blanket ones to combat the virus.

Tkas

Apparently your math abilities are tarnished by the "enhansed" unemployment benefits keeping you from wanting to work. This is all BS Nova is a free for all right now people are not following any of the guidelines. Go out and look around. The only thing this further delay in opening things up just hurts small businesses.

InsideCommenter

That isn't true you're creating a false dilemma and using anecdotal evidence which isn't scientific or math based in the slightest. The only BS is your reliance on the right wing media bubble.

PWC resident since '69

So we wait til there are no new cases? Imbecile

S'ton

You're the only person who suggested this, PWC.

Why name-call & create a straw man argument?

Maybe you'll have more facts & feel better if you volunteer w/COVID patients.

What is it about Magaheads that makes you create lies & misstatements? Did you stand near trump?

Stay healthy. Vote Blue in '20, just like VA did in '16 & '18.

PWCresident1

It’s the right thing to do. Thank God we have some leaders in this nation who have the courage to make the tough decisions. Also too bad that so many Americans are so short-sighted, selfish, and just plain ignorant.

InsideCommenter

We have a kakistocracy, our federal government is led by incompetent imbeciles, who actively DENIED CONTRACTS TO THOSE WILLING TO PRODUCE PPE IN THE COUNTRY, because they were spending too much money on corporate welfare. We have a liar in chief who says we have enough testing in this country when we don't, if we had taken action just four days earlier a lot of this could've been prevented. We have a self obsessed malignant narcissist in the white house and the end result of this is mass human suffering.

PWC resident since '69

8.4 million residents in Va and 25,000 positive cases meaning .0029 percent have the virus. We have an idiot for a Governor..,vote Red in Nov

Hal Haynes

No, it means that 0.29 percent have it. Oh, and by the way (I love when people talk about numbers as though this were a retrospective rather than something that's only recently gotten off the ground and is growing), that's after three months since the first cases. Left unchecked, with a period of exponential increase, we could be up to, say, 3% after a year and 15% after two years. But, by all means, go on pretending you understand how numbers work.

PWC resident since '69

Sorry Hal 25,000 cases out of 8.4 million is .0029, quit trolling !

starman

Doing the math, .0029 means .29 percent. Learn your basic math please.

PWC resident since '69

Ted Nugent knocks it out of the park:

“Why do I have to stay home just because 𝘆𝗼𝘂 are scared? How about 𝘆𝗼𝘂 stay home....𝘆𝗼𝘂 stay in 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 house indefinitely, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 wear a mask, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 socially distance yourself from me, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 avoid restaurants, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 avoid baseball games, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 stay off the roads, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 avoid malls and beaches and parks, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 believe the made up death numbers, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 believe the media hype, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 get your toxic vaccine while avoiding vitamin C, sunshine and the things God gave us to actually heal,

I'm done playing 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 dumb game. We are not “all in this together.” I'm not wearing 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 dumb tin foil hat anymore. I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I'm no longer staying in my house or catering to 𝘆𝗼𝘂 because 𝘆𝗼𝘂 are scared. I'm not wearing a mask and I'm not staying 6 feet away from you anymore because I'm not afraid of you. You are not my enemy and if I get sick, it's not because of 𝘆𝗼𝘂, it's because of me and my system, which not only have I been addressing for quite some time, but I also know how to treat if I get sick.

This virus (or whatever it is) is already circulating. Millions of people have already encountered it, as it's been circulating around the world probably since last September. You WILL have to confront this thing, if you haven’t already. There is no way around it, unless you lock yourself up in your house and it somehow doesn't manage to hop on some mail or some groceries that you ordered online.

𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 fear is not an excuse to destroy America. 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen. So if you're scared, you can just put your tin foil hat on, or even wrap foil all around your whole body - or around your whole house if you wish - but please keep your fear contained to your little corner of the world and don't contaminate me or my family or my Country.” 🇺🇸

timt

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Oh gosh, I'm sorry folks. I haven't laughed that hard in years.

PWC resident since '69

Sort of like listening to and voting for a racist, blackface wearing Governor who had no intention of getting Virginians back to work. .0029 percent of the Commonwealth has caught the virus what a bunch of sheep NoVa-ites are!

InsideCommenter

The Governor of Alabama Republican Kay Ivey wore blackface in college, yet no one has attacked her for this, the double standards and hypocrisy are strong among conservatuves. We have lost more than 80,000 people in this country to the virus, and it is highly contagious if we reopen too quickly, we risk infecting more people and making the economy worse, while resulting in more death and devastation.

InsideCommenter

Correction: conservatives*

Hal Haynes

Since his blackface incident has nothing to do with this or any of the other articles I've seen you comment on, I conclude that your purpose is not to make constructive contributions on the topics at hand but only to obsess off-topic over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over about one thing. That's called trolling.

PJC

Sone of the people on this site need to visit their doctors and have their hearing tested. ALL OF THE LEADERS in Northern Virginia wrote to the governor and asked him NOT to open up Northern Virginia because the virus is still rising and people are getting sick. Several of the states that have reopened up, are wishing they didn't because the virus is spiking back up.

PWC resident since '69

Which states, please cite source or is this jist Lib pontification?

timt

It's not only their hearing PJC, reading comprehension is also a problem. It's all right there in the first two paragraphs of the article for peeps like PWC resident since 69 to read, that Northam is doing this at the request of ALL the local leaders.

Look, nobody wants this to continue like this, we all want to get back (if it's possible) to the life we had before this virus hit. But the blame for where we are now rests squarely in the lap of Trump and his do nothing administration. This is a problem that needed to be addressed immediately at a NATIONAL level, not abdicating responsibility to the individual states to deal with it. And now we're doomed to have to deal with this for much longer than necessary because what we need is a NATIONAL testing policy and procedures for EVERY state to follow. If Trump hadn't spent the first two months of this crisis going to rallies and playing golf, and instead had actually tried to do his job and shown what is called leadership, maybe we could be moving towards getting back to "normal". But without national leadership and without a national testing process, this isn't going away anytime soon. But I guess good folks like PWC resident since 69 just don't give a damn about people dying, which I guess shouldn't be surprising given it's the same attitude that conservatives have about gun deaths, the more the merrier.

Realitycheck

Prince William County should not extend the shut down. We should follow the already very conservative Phase 1 plan for the rest of the state on May 15. I don't believe the data for Prince William County supports extending the shut down. Self-isolate if sick and get tested. Stop holding businesses hostage to this virus which may be with us for a long time. We need to individually choose how to best protect ourselves and follow the best practices as asked by businesses. We need to consider limiting the government's authority to shut down businesses and our personal movement without public input. An open ended authority to dictate how we live is unnecessary and frankly a threat to our hard won freedom.

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