New statewide rules regarding COVID-19 took effect on midnight, November 15.
A statement issued by the governor’s office outlined the changes, which were announced on November 13, including:
All public and private in-person gatherings have now been limited to 25 people, down from the previous cut-off of 250.
All Virginians over the age of five are now required to wear masks in indoor public spaces.
Violations of mask mandates, enhanced cleaning and social distancing guidelines issued by the state can now be treated as class one misdemeanors at essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
The sale of alcohol for onsite consumption at bars, restaurants, breweries and other similar establishments is now prohibited after 10 p.m. All restaurants must close at midnight.
Other previous updates on the pandemic were issued by Northam at his last press conference on the matter. Northam announced that a COVID-19 vaccine currently being tested by Pfizer appears to be 90% effective, and emphasized the importance of continuing to practice social distancing and mask wearing.
As of November 16, Virginia Department of Health numbers show a positivity rate of 7.3% statewide.