Governor Releases Guidelines for Virginia’s Phased Reopening

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Alexandria, VA – In its nightly email, the city continues to urge residents to stay at home, unless going out is essential. And when out, they stress the importance of maintaining six feet of distance around others.

A Phased Reopening

Earlier today Governor Northam announced his plan for a phased reopening of Virginia. He indicated that since COVID-19 infections have decreased and hospitals are not overwhelmed with patients, a slow reopening might begin on May 15, easing some restrictions currently in place.

Reopening is dependent upon a continued decrease of positive tests and hospitalizations over the next two weeks. Hospital equipment, including personal protective equipment, must also remain at a stable supply.

During Phase One of reopening, businesses are still required to practice social distancing protocol. Strict cleaning and safety measures would also have to be put into place.

In related news, the stay-at-home order may also be modified to a less restrictive “safer-at-home” policy.

While this is a welcome development, the risk for catching the coronavirus has not passed Wearing face masks is still a recommended measure to stop the spread. For tips on how to stop the spread, click HERE.

Resilience Week

Resilience Week began yesterday all over Virginia. Today the ancient practice of mindfulness is highlighted. Derived from Buddhism, the meditation practice can help to lower stress, increase calm, and improve overall well-being. It is easy to learn. To get started, click HERE.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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