Schools to remain closed for academic year certain businesses ordered to shutter

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that all Virginia schools, both public and private, will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

Other announcements included state mandated closers of non-essential businesses and those who could not adhere to state mandated social distancing protocols.

Schools are ending their academic year and will determine how to instruct. The state Department of Education is seeking to waive testing requirements.

State officials also are asking all the public and private day cares to rally to solve the problem of caring for the children of essential employees.

Northam also ordered recreational and entertainment businesses to close.

Restaurants can remain open only in a takeout/carry out capacity. Retail establishments can remain open, but must maintain 10 people or less and doesn’t account for staff.

The changes are slated to take effect at midnight on Tuesday, March 24.

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