**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tours a Virginia Emergency Support Team warehouse on May 14. (Courtesy of the governor's office via Twitter)
**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tours a Virginia Emergency Support Team warehouse on May 14. (Courtesy of the governor's office via Twitter)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that residents will be required to wear masks while in public indoor spaces.

The measure, which goes into effect Friday, is needed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Northam said.

The governor is ordering masks to be worn while inside all retail stores, public transportation vehicles, and in any other indoor places where people congregate.

However, he said he won’t seek criminal prosecutions of anyone not complying.

Northam joins governors in several other states, including neighboring Maryland, that have issued similar requirements.

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