Dear Industry Partners,
Today, Governor Ralph Northam sent a firm and important message to all Virginians: stay at home. The Governor announced a Stay at Home order, meaning that all Virginians must remain in their homes unless they are going out for food, supplies, work, medical care, or to get fresh air or exercise. Private campgrounds will now be closed for short-term stays, and Virginia’s beaches will be closed except for exercise or fishing. Additionally, all higher education institutions will cease in-person instruction and cancel gatherings of 10 people or more. The Governor is also encouraging all Virginians who can to work from home. The bottom line is: do not leave your home unless you absolutely necessary. This mandate is critical to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Virginia.
On Sunday, President Trump announced that social distancing guidelines will now be extended through April 30, 2020 in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Virginia will also continue to follow these guidelines, in addition to the precautions and guidelines outlined by Governor Northam through Executive Order 53. EO53 orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans gatherings of 10 people or more, and closes K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. The Governor is also urging Virginians to limit or stop all non-essential travel when possible.
Last week marked the passage of an historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package. The bill is the largest rescue package in US history, and addresses the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic by offering direct payment to most Americans and special financing for businesses large and small. We expect further details and information on this stimulus package in the coming days. In the meantime, I encourage you to read this FAQ piece in the New York Times which addresses most common questions about the package.
I hope this message finds you calm and healthy.
For more guidance from the Office of the Governor, please click here.
For guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, please click here.
For more information on COVID-19 and its impact on the travel industry, please visit vatc.org/coronavirus.