The governor of Virginia shut down the state’s schools until the end of the school year and nonessential businesses for the next 30 days.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced the closures at a Monday afternoon press conference where he said that keeping schools closed is an important way to prevent the virus, WAVY reported.
BREAKING: Gov. Northam closes schools until at least the end of the academic year, and mandates all non-essential businesses to close. Restaurants can continue to do curbside, delivery & carry out.
— Marie Albiges (@MarieAlbiges) March 23, 2020
“School closures are necessary to minimize the speed at which COVID19 spreads and protect the capacity of our healthcare system,” Northam said. (RELATED: Maryland, Michigan Governors Increase Coronavirus Restrictions)
The Virginia governor also closed down nonessential businesses, such as hair salons and barber shops, and ordered restaurants to only serve takeout and delivery to customers for the next 30 days.
Governor Northam COVID-19 Briefing – March 23 https://t.co/u8kXFDq03u
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) March 23, 2020
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