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Virginia Aims to Slow Down Spread of Coronavirus in Conjunction with Neighboring States with Stay at Home Order

On March 30, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Number 55, “Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Virginia Governor Issues Stay at Home Order

Executive Summary: As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect business around the country, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Five on Monday, March 30, 2020, ordering all Virginians to stay at their place of residence unless leaving their homes to obtain food, supplies, or medical care, or for exercise. Governor Northam’s Order does not rescind or affect Executive Order Fifty-Three, issued on March 23, 2020, which ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses, nor does it apply to gatherings of family members living in the same residence. This Order took immediate effect on March 30, 2020, and will extend until June 10, 2020, unless rescinded by subsequent order.

Virginia Issues “Stay at Home” Executive Order

On March 30, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 55, which incrementally increases the restrictions previously placed on Virginia businesses and residents in response to the current COVID-19 crisis.

New Virginia Executive Order, Federal Leave Law Responding to COVID-19 Raises New Issues for Employers

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently issued an executive order closing all K-12 schools through the end of the school year and temporarily closing or restricting public-access areas in non-essential businesses. The EO also limited daycare operations to groups no larger than 10 and encouraged daycare space to be prioritized for all essential personnel with daycare needs.

Virginia Places Temporary Restrictions on Businesses within the Commonwealth and Closes K-12 Schools for the Remainder of the School Year

On March 23, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 53, which places restrictions on the operation of nonessential retail businesses from 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020. The Order also prohibits all public and private in-person gatherings of 10 or more people during that same time period and closes all K through 12 schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Virginia Governor Orders Temporary Restrictions on Certain Businesses, Closure of K-12 Schools

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced Executive Order Number Fifty-Three, putting into place temporary restrictions on restaurants, recreational, entertainment, gatherings, and non-essential retail business. The Order closes K-12 schools for the rest of the school year, becoming the second state, behind Kansas, to do so. This Order goes into effect on 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and will remain in effect until April 23, 2020.

Virginia Announces Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and K-12 Schools

Summary: On March 23, 2020, the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Three, which orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year. Governor Northam has also urged all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home.

Virginia Opens Door to Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation that paves the way for Virginia counties, cities, and towns to adopt local ordinances or resolutions authorizing collective bargaining with labor unions on behalf of public officers and employees. The bill is awaiting Governor Ralph Northam’s signature.

Virginia Passes Law Defining Racial Discrimination to Include Hairstyles, Other Historic Traits

Virginia has become the fourth state (joining California, New Jersey, and New York) to define racial discrimination to include traits historically associated with race, such as hairstyles. The new Virginia law will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

CROWN “Love” – Virginia Latest State to Ban Hairstyle Discrimination

On March 4, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed HB 1514/SB 50 into law, which expands the Virginia Human Rights Act’s definition of racial discrimination to include traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles. Virginia’s law will become effective on July 1, 2020.
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