Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tightened statewide COVID-19 restrictions effective Monday, which included capping both indoor and outdoor gatherings at 25 people.
“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” Northam said in a statement Friday. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”
Virginia is seeing an average of approximately 1,500 new COVID-19 cases per day, which exceeds its former peak of around 1,200 per day in May. As the governor’s statement explained, positivity rates remain at 5% and hospitalizations have increased