Virginia residents must stay at home under an executive order issued by Governor Ralph Northam on Monday. The order is effective immediately and lasts until June 10. There are exceptions: You’re allowed to leave your house to get food or beverages, to seek medical attention, or to exercise, as long as you observe social-distancing practices.
The order also says institutions of higher education must stop all in-person instruction, an apparent attempt to corral Liberty University’s ambition to remain open during the coronavirus crisis.
Violations of the law are class 1 misdemeanors, akin to reckless driving and normally drawing up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine, though Northam said at a press conference Monday that this is not a time when the state is looking to put people in jail.
Here’s the order: