Welp Roommates, after multiple people headed to the local beaches this past weekend, Virginia has officially ordered ALL residents to stay inside their homes until June 10th unless it’s for essential services. Governor Ralph Northam made the official announcement earlier today—and it’s safe to say that many residents are definitely not happy about the latest development.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive order telling Virginians to stay at home effective immediately. Northam stated that he made the decision to issue the order because people are not following guidelines to remain inside their residences. He also noted the recent large crowds of people gathering at beaches and other places this past weekend.

Northam said this to residents who have been breaking the rules, “You are being very, very selfish. You are putting all of us, especially our health care providers, at risk.”

As for the punishment for disobeying the order? Well, those who fail to comply could face a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,500 and a year in prison.

Additionally, all Virginia residents must stay at home unless they are getting food, medical attention or help from law enforcement, among other essentials.

However, the state does allow residents to go outside to take care of loved ones and animals, travel to childcare, exercise, travel to work and volunteer with charitable groups. You can leave home “due to a reasonable fear for health or safety.”

 

Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?