Effective Monday, Dec 14  – Jan 31, 2021 :

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced increased measures Thursday in the fight against coronavirus throughout the commonwealth, including a nightly curfew.

Starting Monday, Dec. 14, Northam’s modified “stay-at-home” order will include a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. Essential travel – obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work and seeking medical attention – will still be allowed during this time.

The measures also expand the mask mandate to include all indoor settings as well as outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible. This includes all Virginians age five and up.

When it comes to social gatherings, the governor dropped the limit to 10 people – it was previously 25. Social gatherings include parties, celebrations or other social events. The limit does not apply to religious services, employment settings or educational settings.

Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements and are not included in the new limit.

All other previous measures will remain in place, and Northam is encouraging teleworking throughout the commonwealth whenever possible.

The executive order will remain in place until Jan. 31 unless rescinded or amended.