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Va. Governor Imposes New Restrictions after COVID-19 Surge

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam rolled back the reopening of the Hampton Roads area in an effort to curtail the surge of coronavirus cases.

“This is about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Hampton Roads,” the governor said Tuesday, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported.

Northam said restrictions will take effect in municipalities such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquson, James City County and York County.

The restrictions will prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol after 10 p.m. in bars, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries and the affected establishments must close by midnight. Indoor dining will be limited to 50 percent capacity and public and private gatherings consisting of more than 50 people will be outlawed.

Northam said the restrictions will be in place for two to three weeks, after which he will reevaluate the area’s status.

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