I wanted to provide some important updates and additional resources as we enter into Phase 2 of reopening our Commonwealth. I appreciate that we are moving on to phase 2 and look forward to being out in the community with all of you soon. I remind everyone to take it slow, wear your masks and stay safe. Please contact me if you need any assistance or have questions.
My warmest good wishes to you and your families.
Delegate Kathleen Murphy
Northern Virginia upgrades to Phase 2!
The Governor announced that Northern Virginia can join the rest of the Commonwealth in Phase 2 starting today June 12th.
The details of Phase 2 include:
- Restaurants can having indoor seating at 50% capacity.
- Gyms and fitness can having indoor workouts & exercise at 30% capacity.
- Pools opening with some restrictions.
- Outdoor venues opening with some restrictions.
- Recreational sports are allowed with social distancing and no shared equipment.
- Gatherings will be limited to 50 people.
- Teleworking & social distancing strongly encouraged.
- Face masks will still be required in indoor spaces.
Phase 2 Child Care Guidelines
On Tuesday, the Department of Social Services issued updated guidance to child care providers, in line with Phase 2 guidelines. You can read these guidelines here.
Phase 2 FAQ
The FAQs contain a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions regarding the Phase 2 guidelines. You can read Phase 2 FAQs here.
E.O. Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight
Today, Governor Northam extended E.O. Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight, which help ensure adequate medical capacity, and access to care during the ongoing response to COVID-19 pandemic.
The full text of amended Executive Order Fifty-Seven is available here.
The full text of amended Executive Order Fifty-Eight is available here.
Temporary Moratorium on Evictions
At Governor Northam’s request, Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons suspended all eviction proceedings through June 28. Details of the Governor’s rent relief initiative, supported by federal CARES Act funding, will be announced in the coming weeks. Tenants are encouraged to know their rights and responsibilities and pay their rent on time if they are able. Visit StayHomeVirginia.com for more information and resources on tenant rights.
$66.8 Million in Emergency Education Relief Funding
Governor Northam announced that Virginia schools will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand distance learning opportunities, fund services for students disproportionately impacted by loss of class time, and provide financial assistance to higher education students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the press release here for a full breakdown of the allocation of that funding.
Governor Northam's Weekly Press Briefings
Community Services Boards-Behavioral Health Resources:
Domestic Violence hotline:
Fairfax County’s 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
Join the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps!
Portal for CARES Act:
VDOE Programs for Schools
Health Care Resources:
VHHA maintains a COVID-19 webpage
For further information from local school divisions:
For parents needing to find a child care provider, they can call (866) KIDS-TLC or (866) 543-7852.
Additional State Resources and Information:
Employers & Business:
Continuing claims, call:
Executive Order 53
Any businesses with questions about essential vs. non-essential designations, can send those inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote Online Notarization
Going Back to Work
The Governor issued a reminder that any employee can file a complaint through the Department of Labor and Industry or can contact OSHA if he or she feels that their workplace is unsafe.
Unemployment Claims Must Be Filed Weekly
If you have applied for unemployment insurance compensation, you must file a claim weekly with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to continue being paid.
The VEC recommends filing claims on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of each week.
To complete and submit a weekly claim payment request, call 1-800-897-5630 or visit vec.virginia.gov