Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced he is reducing the number of people allowed at gatherings, among other coronavirus restrictions, because of a surge of cases in the state.
Beginning Sunday at midnight, all gatherings indoors and outdoors must be limited to 25 people, a drop from the current cap of 250 people. All residents ages 5 and older are required to wear face coverings indoors. The current mask requirement, which was put in place May 29, mandated all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face masks.
The sale of alcohol will be banned after 10 p.m. for any food establishment, brewery, distillery or winery. All restaurants and alcohol venues must close by midnight.
Under the governor’s order, retailers such as grocery stores and pharmacies must follow statewide guidelines for face coverings, cleaning protocols and physical distancing. Violations can be enforced as a misdemeanor through the state health department.
The state is averaging 1,500 new COVID-19 cases