Ahead of Thanksgiving, Virginia governor orders that gatherings must be kept at or below 25 people

He also expanded the mask mandate to cover children as young as 5

Published: November 14, 2020 1:04pm

Updated: November 14, 2020 2:55pm

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced new coronavirus restrictions throughout the state, limiting the number of individuals who can gather in one place as well as expanding the state’s mask mandate to include small children. 

Northam said public and private gatherings must be limited to groups of 25 or smaller. He also ordered that children as young as five are now required to abide by his mask mandate. Previously the minimum age had been 10.

Bars and restaurants must also stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. and close by midnight, he declared.

“Virginia is not an island,” Northam said in the announcement. “While our cases may not be rising as rapidly as some states, I do not intend to wait until they are.”

The new order does not apply to schools, churches, private offices, gyms or sporting teams.

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