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  • COVID-19: Governor and State Health Declare Public Health Emergency

    Dear Chamber Members,

     
    As COVID-19 continues to spread across the Commonwealth and nation, yesterday, Governor Northam and the State Health commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA issued a Public Health Emergency, prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers and theaters to help contain the spread of the virus.
     
    “I hope that everyone will have the common sense to stay home tonight and in the days ahead,” said Governor Northam. “This order will ensure that state and local officials have the tools they need to keep people safe."
     
    I ask that you read the full declaration. It's vital that we understand the repercussions as a membership and community.
     
    We know that this is a difficult time as the COVID-19 virus continues to have a dramatic impact on business. The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is open for business because our members are open for business. We are continuing to find solutions for all your business needs. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Chamber staff for assistance.
     
    Remember, TVRC will continue to serve as a conduit for information from local and state public health agencies. We ask that you follow their guidelines faithfully, including simple measures such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, staying home if you feel ill and seeing a doctor if you feel its necessary.  
     
    We are stronger together. 
     
    Cynthia Schneider
    CEO, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber 

    "NOW THEREFORE, the Governor and State Health Commissioner hereby issues this 
    order declaring a public health emergency resulting from the spread of COVID-19 virus affecting the health and safety of Virginians, and restricts the number of patrons allowed in permitted restaurants to 10 patrons or less in order to inhibit spread of the virus. Observations of 10 or more patrons in a restaurant, fitness center, or theater may result in immediate operation permit suspension per the Food Regulations at 12V AC5-42 l-3770 (Summary Suspension of a Permit.) by a district health director as authorized by the State Health Commissioner. Additionally, violation of an emergency order issued pursuant to § 32.1-13 of the Code of Virginia is punishable as a Class l misdemeanor pursuant to § 32.1-27 of the Code of Virginia, and a violation of an emergency order issued pursuant to § 35.1-12 of the Code of Virginia is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor pursuant to § 35.1-7 of the Code of Virginia. Additionally, the Commissioner may seek injunctive relief in circuit court for violation of this Order, pursuant to §§ 32.1-27 and 35. l-7 of the Code of Virginia. "

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