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Virginia Restaurants Must End Dine-In Service

March 23, 2020

c/o NBC Washington

All public schools in Virginia will remain closed through the academic year and all restaurants must end dine-in service, the governor announced Monday as officials try to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Restaurants can continue carryout, delivery and drive-thru service.

All recreational and entertainment businesses are closed. All non-essential stores are limited to having only 10 patrons at a time. 

Theaters, gyms and bowling alleys must close, Gov. Ralph Northam said. Grocery stores and health services can remain open but must “adhere to social distancing and increase sanitization.” 

ABC stores, which sell alcohol, will remain open and must sanitize stores and maintain social distancing. 

The restrictions on businesses take effect at midnight Tuesday. 

Groups of 10 or more people in any public place will be ordered to disperse. 

Virginia had 254 positive cases of coronavirus as of Monday afternoon. Six people with the virus died. 

About 3,700 people had been tested for the virus by public and private laboratories. 

Northam said more people would test positive. 

“These numbers unfortunately will continue to rise. We are in this for months, not weeks,” he said. 

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