November 13, 2020 Covid Executive Order
Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19
Includes limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement
RICHMOND—As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations.
“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” said Governor Northam. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”
The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:
Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.
For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 1, 2020
Ignite Fauquier – Business and Professional Services Peer Group to Offer Business Assistance Program
The Mason Enterprise Center, continuing their effort to Re-Ignite Fauquier, announces a new program to assist local businesses. The Business and Professional Services Peer Group, formed in response to the Covid-19 crisis, will begin to offer assistance programs for local small businesses.
From Renee Younes, Director of the Mason Enterprise Center- "The purpose of this group is to provide assistance to those members of the local business community that are facing challenges related to COVID-19. The peer group will provide free initial subject matter related consultation to assist an organization through these difficult times."
Please reach out to Renee at 540-216-7100 OR email@example.com for more information.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER TOWN MEETINGS
It is mandatory to wear a face mask and social distance while attending all Town meetings. All town meetings are open to the public.
TOWN COUNCIL - The Town Council meets monthly on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the lower level of the Afro American Historical Association of Fauquier County building located at 4243 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains, Virginia 20198. Public Hearings are generally held the same night at 7:00 p.m. The next regular monthly Town Council meeting is scheduled for DECEMBER 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Items to be placed on the Town Council agenda should be provided to the Town Clerk/Treasurer two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. Meetings are open to the public.
PLANNING COMMISSION - NOTICE: NOVEMBER 30, 2020 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CANCELLED. The Planning Commission meets monthly on the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the lower level of the Afro American Historical Association of Fauquier County building located at 4243 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains, Virginia 20198. The next Planning Commission meeting will be held DECEMBER 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. A work-session is planned for the same night at 5:30 p.m. The cut-off date for monthly meetings is two weeks prior to the meeting. The cut-off date for the November 30th meeting is November 16th, 2020 Meetings and work sessions are open to the public.
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB) - The Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the John Page Turner Community House located at 6475 Main Street, The Plains, Virginia, 20198. The next ARB meeting will be held Monday, DECEMBER 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The cut-off date for the October ARB meeting is NOVEMBER 23, 2020. Meetings are open to the public.
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS (BZA) - The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meets the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the John Page Turner Community House located at 6475 Main Street, The Plains, Virginia, 20198. Meetings are held when an application or appeal is filed. The BZA meets for it's annual meeting on the first Thursday of the month of January to organize and elect officers. Meetings are open to the public. There is no meeting in DECEMBER 2020.
PARK AUTHORITY - The Park Authority meets on an as-need basis. Meetings are open to the public.
TRAFFIC CALMING & SPEED REDUCTION COMMITTEE - Meets on an as-needed basis. Meetings are open to the public.
All meeting announcements and agendas are place on the Town Website and US Post Office on Fauquier Avenue bulletin board about a week prior to the scheduled meeting.