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    COVID 19 Governor Northam's Stay-at-Home Order

    What this means for Lynchburg

    1. Everyone should remain at home except for the following reasons:
    • Getting food, beverages, items, or services as allowed in point number 5; 
    • Seeking medical attention, essential social services or government services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
    • Taking care of other people, animals, or visiting the home of family;
    • Traveling required by a court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care;
    • Engaging in outdoor activity as long as you stay 6 feet away from others not in your group;
    • Traveling to and from your house, place of worship, educational institution, or work;
    • Volunteering with charitable or social service agencies; or
    • If you have a reasonable fear for health or safety or are leaving at the direction of law enforcement or another government agency.
    2. No public OR private in-person gatherings (inside or outside) of more than 10 people, other than at those business not required to close and families living in the same residence

    3. Closure of all dining and congregation areas in restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms and farmers markets (carry out or delivery only) *

    4. Closure of all public access to recreational and entertainment businesses, including theaters, museums, fitness centers/indoor exercise or recreation facilities, beauty salons, barbershops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, bowling alleys, indoor shooting ranges, trampoline parks, and escape rooms *
    5. Essential retail businesses can remain open during their normal business hours and do not have to limit their patrons to 10 or less, but must encourage safe social distancing. These include:
    • Grocery stores, pharmacies, other retailers with food and beverage or pharmacy operations
    • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers
    • Cell phone, computer, tablet, and other communication technology retailers
    • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers
    • Automotive repair shops
    • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers
    • Lawn and garden equipment retailers
    • Beer, wine, and liquor stores
    • Convenience stores
    • Stores within a healthcare facility
    • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions
    • Pet and feed stores
    • Printing and office supply stores
    • Laundromats and dry cleaners
    6. All other retail stores can allow only 10 or less shoppers in at a time. If the business cannot do that while complying with proper social distancing requirements, it must close. *
    7. Businesses offering professional services may remain open but must adhere to social distancing and cleaning recommendations *
    8. Cancellation of in-person classes and instruction at colleges and universities 
    *These prohibitions or limitations are in effect until May 8, 2020 per Executive Order 53 (2020). 
    All other provisions are in effect until June 10, 2020 pursuant to Executive Order 55 (2020). Any one of these provisions may be extended or changed if there are additional executive orders issued.   
    Violations of certain provisions of the executive orders are punishable as Class 1 Misdemeanors which carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2500 fine. Please review the orders in whole at www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions and the frequently asked questions section at www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/faq.