In a Monday afternoon update on COVID-19 response, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered that K-12 schools in the Commonwealth to close for the remainder of the school year at least.

This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have been closed since March 16, at Northam's order given on March 13.

In addition, Northam announced that beginning tomorrow at midnight, there will be additional restrictions on establishments that serve the public.

Restaurants are to open for carryout, curbside or delivery only. Recreation and entertainment services, such as bowling alleys, theaters and fitness centers, are to close.

Personal care services that cannot adhere to social distancing, such as barbershops and spas, must close.

Nonessential brick and mortar businesses should adhere to the ten patrons or less rule, while practicing social distancing. 

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, banks and pharmacies, should adhere to social distancing and increased sanitation. 

Gatherings more than 10 persons are banned.

These additional restrictions on businesses will be in place for 30 days.

"We do not make these decisions lightly," Northam said. "Virginia is one of the country's largest and most diverse states, but COVID-19 is serious and we must act."

Virginia currently has 254 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, with six deaths. 

So far, 3,700 Virginians have been tested for the virus.

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