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Impacts of Governor’s Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 on Town of Leesburg

Post Date:03/24/2020 11:58 AM

Impacts of Governor’s Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 on Town of Leesburg

 

Leesburg, VA – Effective 11:59 p.m., tonight (Tuesday, March 24, 2020), Town of Leesburg businesses, schools, and gatherings will be subject to restrictions intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in accordance with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 53.

 

In accordance with the Governor’s order and per Loudoun County, all Virginia K-12 schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year and all Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) campuses and facilities (including all playgrounds, athletic fields and courts) are also closed to the public at this time. LCPS facilities have experienced heavier than normal use in recent days, impacting the ability of residents to maintain the social-distancing measures that are recommended to slow the spread of the virus.

 

The Governor’s order specifies that gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide, beginning at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

 

The Governor’s order further declares the following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 p.m. tonight:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers, fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
  • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

 

All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM tonight. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services.

 

  • Restaurants;
  • Dining establishments;
  • Food courts;
  • Farmers markets;
  • Breweries;
  • Microbreweries;
  • Distilleries;
  • Wineries;
  • Tasting rooms.

 

Loudoun County advises that while essential businesses may remain open, the Loudoun County Health Department reminds business owners and the public that these retail establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

 

Essential Businesses:

 

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
  • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
  • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
  • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
  • Pet stores and feed stores;
  • Printing and office supply stores; and
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

 

Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.

 

The order will remain in effect for at least 30 days in Virginia.  The order advises that nothing in Executive Order Fifty-Three limits the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; the operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.  The Governor’s Order can be reviewed at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-855292-en.html.

 

The Leesburg Police Department believes strongly in a campaign of education which leads to voluntary compliance to the Governor’s Order by our community residents and businesses.  It should be noted, however that any violation of the aforementioned orders could constitute a crime and could result in criminal charges.   

 

The Loudoun County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for local response to a public health concern, including the evolving coronavirus outbreak. For information about the current situation, recommendation actions, and the planned response, please visit the Loudoun County Health Department website: www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus. Residents may also text LCCOVID19 to 888777 receive text alerts from Loudoun County about Coronavirus.

 

Media Contact:

Officer Michael Drogin, Public Information Officer

Email: mdrogin@leesburgva.gov, 703-771-4538

 

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