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ALERT: New COVID-19 Restrictions Announced by Governor

Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · November 13, 2020

As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations.

“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” said Governor Northam. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”

Governor Northam shared a new video to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which is available here and below.

The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor. 
  •  On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart. 

Virginia is averaging 1,500 newly-reported COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. While Southwest Virginia has experienced a spike in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, all five of the Commonwealth’s health regions are currently reporting a positivity rate over five percent. Although hospital capacity remains stable, hospitalizations have increased statewide by more than 35 percent in the last four weeks.

On Tuesday, Governor Northam announced new contracts with three laboratories as part of the Commonwealth’s OneLabNetwork, which will significantly increase Virginia’s public health testing capacity. Contracts with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, and Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk will directly support high-priority outbreak investigations, community testing events, and testing in congregate settings, with a goal of being able to perform 7,000 per day by the end of the year.

The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five and sixth amended Executive Order Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven will be made available here.

For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit

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Jim Carroll, executive director, SBDC of Hampton Roads, Inc., featured in Boulevard Holiday Issue


Check out the Viewpoint Article by Jim Carroll, executive director, SBDC of Hampton Roads, Inc., in The Holiday Issue of Boulevard Magazine.

▶️, pages 41-42


We have entrepreneurship in our DNA, our country, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Hampton Roads region. In America, unlike many other countries, we celebrate and treasure entrepreneurship.

Today, we cannot overstate the importance of entrepreneurship and small-business ownership in this region [Hampton Roads]. The majority of the businesses in this region , as well as in the country, are considered small businesses.

Since 1990, the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads and its staff have provided technical assistance, training and access to information to the small-business owners in the 18 cities and counties of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

While the risks facing today’s small business owner may pale in comparison to those faced by our first settlers, it is only prudent and correct that they all the tools and support needed for success. The chamber and the SBDC are and will remain here for them.

Jim Carroll, executive director, SBDC of Hampton Roads, Inc. and vice president of Small Business, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

Opportunity Virginia’s OZ Webinar Series

Opportunity VA is hosting a series of virtual workshops November 10-19.

The workshops will focus on Opportunity Zone topics including equitable development, affordable housing, operating businesses, and economic development best practices.

The panel lineups are stellar and include experts and practitioners from Virginia and nationally-renowned organizations (LISC, EIG, Urban Institute, Accelerator for America).

For more information on the panels and to register for the workshop series, click HERE.

Virginia SBDC