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Gov. Northam extends non-essential business closures

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Gov. Ralph Northam announced he will extend Executive Order Fifty-Three for two weeks, through Friday, May 8.

Originally signed on March 24, Executive Order Fifty-Three bans crowds of more than 10 people, closes non-essential businesses and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.

“As we have seen from our data and models, social distancing is working, and we are slowing the spread of this virus,” Northam said in a news release. “But it is too early to let up. By extending this order to keep certain businesses closed or restricted, we can continue to evaluate the situation and plan for how to eventually ease restrictions so that our businesses may operate without endangering public health.”

Gov. Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five, which directs Virginians to stay home unless they must leave for essential services, remains in effect until June 10. A FAQ guide about Virginia’s Stay at Home order can be found here.

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