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Mask Required: Northam’s Order Goes Into Effect Today

Violators are subject to a Class I misdemeanor

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Alexandria, VA –  Northern Virginia reopens today, entering the first phase of Governor Ralph S. Northam’s (D-VA) “Forward Virginia” plan. While most of the state reopened two weeks ago, this area’s transition was delayed because of its concerning number of coronavirus infections.

Though some restrictions have been lifted, precaution is still necessary. Executive Order 63, which the governor signed Tuesday, requires that all Virginians wear a face covering in indoor public settings to help prevent the spread of the virus. It also states that the Commonwealth remains in a public health emergency.

Indoor public settings applies to stores, government buildings, and public transportation. The order is in place until further notice. Individuals found in violation are subject to a Class I misdemeanor. Exceptions pertain to children under age 10; people with health conditions that do not allow them to wear face coverings; eating or drinking; and exercising.

Any person who declines to wear a mask in public for medical reasons is not required to produce documentation stating his or her condition. Nor will the person be required to identify the condition.

For questions regarding the governor’s Order, call the Virginia Department of Health at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343).

Alexandria reminds people that face coverings do not protect the wearer, they protect others. Wearing a mask does not supplant physical distancing. Residents are encouraged to stay home as much as possible.

Farmers Markets

With Phase One underway, Alexandria’s farmers markets can start on-site operation. The Old Town, Old Town North, Del Ray, and Four Mile Run markets all submitted plans to safely comply with “Forward Virginia.”

Vendors and staff must wear face coverings when entering or working at markets. Customers are strongly encouraged to do the same. Both parties should practice the Six Steps to Stop the Spread.

Vendors will be required to use enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures, There is no food preparation, food sampling, or on-site dining allowed.

Customers are strongly encouraged to use pre-order and delivery options when offered. Click HERE to browse options.

Online Employment Event

Alexandria’s Workforce Development Center and Catholic Charities of Arlington are hosting an online “Meet the Employer” event today from 1-2 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the team at Premier Staffing Source, Inc., a leader in contact tracing jobs. The event is free. Click HERE to register.

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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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