New Virginia Coronavirus Restrictions Announced: 12 to 5 a.m. Curfew, Stricter Mask Mandate and Smaller gatherings

Governor Ralph Northam announced new restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Virginia. A curfew will go into place Monday, December 14th from midnight to 5 am. (excludes people going to work). Northam also lowered the social gathering limit from 25 people to 10, but this does not affect businesses.

Mask’s required inside at all times (unless you are eating.) Social gatherings limited to 10 people.

On recreational sports, there is a 25 person per field limit for indoor sports and two guests per player for outdoor sports. Northam encourages schools to set up streams online and move sports outside if possible.

The new restrictions include:

  • Modified stay-at-home order that will be in effect from 12-5 a.m., every night, with exceptions for going to work.
  • Expanded mask mandate: Masks will be required in all shared indoor settings, including private gatherings and outdoors when people can’t socially distance. For the indoor portion, this is more about private shared spaces like offices or going to a friend’s house versus public like a grocery store which already has mask requirements.
  • The limit on private social gatherings, whether indoor or outdoor, will be dropped from 25 to 10 people. Like last time, this does not impact things like restaurants, churches or educational settings that already have restrictions in place.

The restrictions will go into effect Monday, December 14 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain in effect until January 31, 2021 unless rescinded or amended.

Northam is also encouraging employers to go back to more teleworking options where possible.