Gov. Youngkin ends COVID-19 related fines and penalties

Virginia’s Governor Youngkin announced an end to all COVID-19 related fines and penalties.

In an executive order the Governor has directed all agencies to report all fines, fees and suspensions related to COVID-19 shutdown violations.

Youngkin plans to direct agencies to halt further collection and enforcement actions in his December 15 budget.

The Governor’s budget will direct the Secretary of finance to work with agencies to develop a reimbursement process for individuals and businesses who paid unjust COVID-19 fines and fees.

The executive order includes a statewide review of COVID-19 related penalties imposed by the Northam administration.

Calling the fact that businesses that are still dealing with COVID-19 related penalties and fines infuriating.

The Governor added he is looking forward to working with the General Assembly to address the situation and forgive COVID fines and fees and restore licenses that were unjustly suspended.

This action does not apply to violations related to practices, guidelines, rules or operating procedures intended to protect the health care industry.

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