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Posted on: November 13, 2020

*** New Statewide Measures To Contain COVID-19***




Date: November 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:   Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management, (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer



COVID-19 Update

Surry County’s positive cases are increasing at a much lower rate than other localities; however, they are still increasing. The rate of recovery from COVID19 in Surry is 97% with this virus having it’s heaviest impact on those that are more vulnerable to catching the virus. The Holiday season is quickly approaching and the best gift you can give others is Social Distance; be mindful of your family and friends during these times, especially those that are older and may have underlying medical conditions.


If you are having family gatherings plan them when the sun is shining and conduct them outside. Recommend that the elders in your family stay home and take them some of that good home cooked food. Continue to follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and creating social distancing at all times.


Governor Northam announced Friday the following mandates:


A 25-person limit for all gatherings along with an alcohol curfew are among the new coronavirus restrictions Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday.

The new rule replaces the current cap of 250 individuals for events held both indoors and outdoors, according to the governor’s office. Going to work or school do not count as gatherings under the order.

  • Establishments serving alcohol will have to close by midnight -- and on-site alcohol sales and consumption will end at 10 p.m.
  • Everyone over 5 must mask up in public buildings. The old rule was everyone older than 10.
  • Gyms are capped at 25 people or 75% of a facility’s normal occupancy. Recreational sporting events will have crowds limited to 30 percent of the venue’s operating capacity, if it has one, or 25 people.
  • Businesses that fail to meet health and sanitation guidelines will be subject to misdemeanor charges.
  • The new rules go into effect at 12 a.m. Monday and will remain in place until further notice.

To see the Governor’s press release and keep up with future releases please visit the following link;



For Immediate Release: November 13, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, 

Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19

Includes limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement

RICHMOND—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.

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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