Northam: "This happens when too many people are selfish."

In a sign that tighter coronavirus safety regulations may be coming to all of Virgina, Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order today for Hampton Roads, a region of the state that has seen a spike in coronavirus cases [Of the 1,294 people currently hospitalized in Virginia, 544 are from the Hampton Roads area]. No alcohol can be sold or consumed on-site after 10pm, restaurants must close at midnight, 50 percent capacity for indoor dining, and public and private social gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. The regulations take effect at midnight on Thursday. "This happens when too many people are selfish," said Northam.

This comes just hours after Northam met with Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the Office of the Vice President, who advised the Governor to implemented these restrictions statewide.

“It could really prevent Virginia from having the experience that our southern states have had by starting mitigation efforts sooner rather than later,” Birx said at a press conference. “We do know across the south where the epidemic is now in every single county in most of these states that it’s important to do it statewide.”

Yesterday, both Charlottesville and Albemarle County moved to tighten coronavirus safety regulations in the area.