Virginia extends stay-at-home order till June, angers residents

By | March 31, 2020
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam prepares to address a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Northam made a statement and answered questions about the late term abortion bill that was killed in committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Some Virginia residents have apparently not been taking the nationwide quarantine guidelines seriously enough due to the coronavirus, and as a result, the state has now announced that it’s stay-at-home order that will extend to June 10.

Monday, Virginians were in an uproar after being notified of the extension, causing “June 10th” to even begin trending on Twitter.

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“We are at the beginning of a period of sacrifice,” Governor Ralph Northam said during a press conference in which the announcement was made. “This is an unprecedented and difficult time; it will be hard for people, and I understand that. But I have faith in you as Virginians. We need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly.”

“I want to be clear: Do not go out unless you need to go out. This is very different than wanting to go out,” he warned.

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Northam also pointed out that “some of our beaches and other recreational areas were literally packed” over the weekend, and warned that, “everyone who is gathering in a crowd is putting themselves and others at risk.”

According to the National Review, “Hours earlier, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a similar “unprecedented” order. It requires residents to stay home except for essential trips such as grocery shopping or obtaining medical care.

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The order goes into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday and will remain active until the state of emergency is over. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor offense with penalties up to a year in jail or a $ 5,000 fine.

In Virginia, violators can be punished by up to a year in jail and a $ 2,500 fine.

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