This page contains information and links regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and related resources.
August 2021 Virginia Vaccine and Mask Requirements
On August 5, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced that state workers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19 every week.
On August 12, 2021, Governor Northam announced that universal masking is mandatory in all indoor settings in Virginia’s K-12 schools.
Virginia COVID-19 State of Emergency Expired as of July 1st
Governor Ralph Northam has let the COVID-19 State of Emergency expire as of midnight on June 30, 2021.
The Virginia Department of Health has released a reminder that while state law prohibits wearing a mask for the purpose of concealing one’s identity, it does not prohibit wearing a mask for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
See this article from InsideNOVA for more.
Virginia Lifts Mask Mandate, To Reopen May 28
On May 14, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced lifted Virginia’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Governor Northam also announced that Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on Friday, May 28, two weeks earlier than planned. Read the full press release here and the Seventh Amended Executive Order 72 here.
Virginia May Fully Re-Open June 15th
On May 6, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced that he is planning to lift all capacity limitations for businesses on Tuesday, June 15th if COVID case numbers keep trending down and vaccination numbers keep going up. See this article from WTOP for more.
Virginia to Begin Re-Opening May 15th
On April 22, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase beginning Saturday, May 15th. Click on the link above for details. Also, see the Governor's Sixth Amended Executive Order 72 and Seventh Amended Executive Order 72 (effective May 15th) for more.
All Adults Eligible for Vaccine Starting April 18th
Governor Ralph Northam announced that all individuals in Virginia age 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Sunday, April 18. Learn how to get your shot at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA 8am - 8pm. Language translation available. TTY users dial 7-1-1.
Anyone experiencing anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 may call or text VA COPES, a free and confidential COVID-19 response warmline led by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, at 877-349-6428, Mon-Fri 9:00am to 9:00pm and Sat-Sun. 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Spanish speakers are available.
General COVID-19 Data
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center:
- Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Information:
- Coronavirus.gov Main Page
- World Health Organization (WHO)'s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Main Page
U.S. (Federal) Courts Information
- United States Courts' Coronavirus Policy and Procedures Page
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Coronavirus Guidance Page
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Coronavirus Court Operations and Information Page
Virginia Courts Information
- Supreme Court of Virginia Orders of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency
- Information and Policies in General and County/City-Specific
- Approved Plans to Restart Jury Trials
- County of Arlington Courts Information, including COVID-19 links
Federal and Virginia Tax Information
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
- Virginia Department of Taxation's Coronavirus Updates Page
- Virginia Governor's Executive Order 74 (December 22, 2020): Protecting Businesses From Increasing Cost of Unemployment Insurance
Other Federal Laws, Resources and Information
- Text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020
- Text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (also known as the COVID relief act in news media), signed into law on December 27, 2020
- USA.gov: List of Links to Federal Government Responses to Coronavirus COVID-19 & Resources
- Department of the Treasury:
- Small Business Administration's Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Executive Order 13945 (August 8, 2020): Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners
Other Virginia Resources and Information
- Virginia's Main Coronavirus COVID-19 Page
- News Releases by Governor Northam's Office
- Executive Orders by Governor Northam
- Effective May 28, 2021 Executive Order 79: Order of Public Health Emergency Ten Ending of Commonsense Public Health Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Effective May 15, 2021 Seventh Amended Executive Order 72: Order of Public Health Emergency Nine Easing of Commonsense Surge Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- April 29, 2021 Sixth Amended Executive Order 72: Order of Public Health Emergency Nine Easing of Commonsense Surge Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- August 3, 2020 Amended Executive Order 68: Order of Public Health Emergency Eight - Additional Restrictions on the Eastern Region due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- November 13, 2020 Sixth Amended Executive Order 67: Order of Public Health Emergency Seven - Phase Three Further Adjusting of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- November 13, 2020 Amended Executive Order 63: Order Of Public Health Emergency Five - Requirement To Wear Face Covering While Inside Buildings
- Phase Three Guidelines for All Business Sectors
- November 18, 2020: Governor signs revised state budget that makes key investments and provides critical relief during COVID-19 pandemic.
- GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Program
On November 2, 2020, Governor Northam announced over $9 million additional grant funds will be made available.
- Rebuild VA! Small Business Grant Program
On October 28, 2020, Governor Northam announced that the program will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive. On November 18, 2020, Governor Northam signed the state's revised budget into law, finalizing the $70 million used to establish the program and $30 million additional funds to continue it.
- County of Arlington's COVID-19 Response page
Housing Information For Homeowners
Find our article regarding COVID-19-related mortgage assistance for homeowners, including foreclosure stays and forbearances, here.
Housing Information For Renters
Find our article regarding COVID-19-related housing information for renters, including eviction moratoriums, here.