Listed below are the guidelines for Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response. Following these guidelines and practicing these common sense preventative actions listed below will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and, most importantly, keep you well.

For the most up-to-date practices in the Commonwealth of Virginia go to or

Do Your Part to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 by Staying at Home.

  • Governor Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order on March 30, 2020 to protect the health and safety of Virginians and slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order 55 will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless changed by a new executive order.
  • There is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop signs or symptoms or before their symptoms start. Even though this is possible, CDC believes that people can more easily spread the virus to other people when they have symptoms. Everyone should limit their exposure by staying home.
  • If you are sick, even with mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, body or muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), stay home and separate yourself to prevent spreading illness to others.

For additional information see Isolation, Quarantine, Movement Restrictions and Public Health Monitoring 

Practice Social Distancing

  • If you have to go out for essential things like grocery shopping or medical care, stay at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • Avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings with 10 or more people. 
  • Do not take public transportation such as buses, trains, taxis, or ride-shares, if possible. 

For additional information see Practicing Social Distancing During COVID-19

Wash Your Hands Frequently to Limit the Spread of Germs. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Clean your hands often, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

For additional information see: How Can I Avoid Getting COVID-19?

Wear Cloth Face Covers in the Community. 

  • The most important way to protect others and yourself from getting COVID-19 is by staying home and practicing social distancing when you have to go out.
  • The CDC has recommended that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public places such as the grocery store where they will be around other people and it may be difficult to keep distance.
  • Face coverings are not needed for going outside by yourself to take a walk or work in your garden, etc.

Learn more about Cloth Masks and Cloth Face Covers.

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