TEMPORARY STAY AT HOME ORDER DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
To reinforce the Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and in furtherance of Executive Orders 51 (March 12, 2020) and 53 (March 23, 2020) and by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, by § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia, I order the following:
1. All individuals in Virginia shall remain at their place of residence, except as provided below by this Order and Executive Order 53. To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers. Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of:
Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53;
Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
Taking care of other individuals, animals, or visiting the home of a family member;
Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care;
Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements;
Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work;
Traveling to and from an educational institution;
Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services; and
Leaving one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement, or at the direction of another government agency.
2. All public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor. This restriction does not apply:
To the operation of businesses not required to close to the public under Executive Order 53; or
To the gathering of family members living in the same residence.
Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.
Closure of all public beaches as defined in § 10.1-705 of the Code of Virginia for all activity, except exercising and fishing. Social distancing requirements must be followed.
All relevant state agencies shall to continue to work with all housing partners to execute strategies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Virginians experiencing homelessness during this pandemic and to assist Virginians in avoiding evictions or foreclosures.
As provided in Executive Order 53, nothing in this Order shall limit: (a) the provision of health care or medical services; (b) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; (c) the operations of the media; (d) law enforcement agencies; or (e) the operation of government.
Violation of paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this Order shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to § 44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia.
Institutions of higher education shall cease all in-person classes and instruction,
and cancel all gatherings of more than ten individuals. For purposes of facilitating
remote learning, performing critical research, or performing essential
functions, institutions of higher education may continue to operate, provided that
social distancing requirements are maintained.
Effective Date of this Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective March 30, 2020, amends Amended Order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Order of Public Health Emergency One and Executive Order 53, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this 30th day of March, 2020.
Ralph S. Northam, Governor
Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth
COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
We continue to encourage residents to follow CDC and VDH guidelines on preventing the spread of germs and respiratory diseases. These recommendations include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home from school work if you are ill, especially if you have a fever or cough.
If you are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms that include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, AND have traveled to a Level 3 travel advisory country OR have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you should contact your healthcare provider or local hospital emergency department PRIOR to arriving at the facility. Upon making contact prior to your arrival, report your travel history or contact and symptoms to medical personnel so they can prepare for your arrival.
CDC Guidance for Preventing Coronavirus Spread in the Community
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created helpful guides for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:
- Resources for Home
- Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
- Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
- Resources for Businesses and Employers
- Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders
- Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings
- Resources for Healthcare Facilities
- Resources for First Responders and Law Enforcement
- Resources for Homeless Shelters
In addition, printable handouts and posters on general hygiene practices and COVID-19 considerations are available in multiple languages.
VDH Information Hotline for Coronavirus Questions
The Virginia Department of Health has established an information hotline for questions about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Please review the information provided on the VDH Coronavirus Website first, then if you still have questions, you may call (877) ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343) to speak with a public information representative.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Briefing for Fauquier County - March 11, 2020