Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Thursday a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m., among other new measures, aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth amid a record spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
The curfew starts at 12:01 a.m. Monday for everyone except those going to or from work, buying food or goods, or seeking medical attention, and is tentatively set to expire Jan. 31, 2021. “If you don’t need to go out, go home,” Northam said at the briefing Thursday.
Asked about enforcement of the curfew, Northam said, “We will ask Virginians to follow those guidelines.”
Asked whether state or local law enforcement will be able to lodge any penalties, he said, “It’s a modified stay-at-home order.”
The limit on gatherings is also being reduced from 25 to 10.
“We’re not going to go into private places of businesses … but any time you’re around other individuals, you need to put your mask on,” Northam said.