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New COVID-19 restrictions take effect in Virginia

New, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 took effect in Virginia Monday as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the commonwealth.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the restrictions last Thursday.

Executive Order 72 directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order took effect Monday and remains in place through Jan. 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.

“New daily case numbers are higher than they have been at any previous point in the pandemic, and while the trends in Virginia are better than most of the country, we are taking action now to slow the spread of this virus before our hospitals get overwhelmed,” said Northam. “We already have strong public health measures in place, and with these additional steps, we can turn this around. Virginians, if you don’t have to be out, stay at home. When...

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