Northam Mandates Face Coverings Starting Friday

It appears Loudoun County and Northern Virginia will enter the Phase 1 reopening phase of the COVID-19 shutdown on Friday, but as residents expand their ventures to area businesses they’ll be required to wear face coverings.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced that new rule during his Tuesday afternoon press conference. 

Face coverings will be required for those in indoor public places, an effort to prevent those who may be unknowingly carrying the virus from spreading it to others. 

Local deputies and police officers won’t be charged with enforcing the requirement; that duty will fall to the Virginia Department of Health. Northam stressed that criminal charges are unlikely—failing to comply would be a Class 1 misdemeanor with a punishment that could include jail time. The governor said he hoped the General Assembly during its next meeting would create a civil penalty that could be applied.

Northam made the face covering announcement just after he faced criticism for being seen not wearing a mask while posing for photos with individuals on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach. The governor said he was walking between events, where he was meeting with local leaders and honoring first responders, when he unexpectedly was approached by passersby who recognized him. He said his face covering was left in his car, as he did not anticipate being in close quarters with anyone. In apologizing for setting a poor example, Northam said he, like other Virginians, is still learning the new COVID-19-era habits.

18 thoughts on “Northam Mandates Face Coverings Starting Friday

  • 2020-05-26 at 4:27 pm

    “Northam stressed that criminal charges are unlikely—failing to comply would be a Class 1 misdemeanor with a punishment that could include jail time.”

    Gov. Blackface/KKK/Infanticide guy is releasing violent felons back on the streets, and takes close in selfies with random people (more than one, so he’s lying about that as well) on the boardwalk?

    But it’s jail for taxpayers? This has zero to do with curtailing illness. It’s about control. The Fool of Richmond has rendered himself completely illegitimate. And Phyllis thinks he’s doing a swell job. This is what happens when reasonable people don’t vote; we get the worst of the worst running things.

    • 2020-05-26 at 8:27 pm

      I hope more conservatives vote in the next election. Of course, right at the end, every election, Northern Va counties and the Hampton area votes come in and a Democrat wins again. Wonder how many votes are bought.

      • 2020-05-26 at 11:09 pm

        Democrats have always cheated at the ballot box. There is a long chronicled history on it. Northam (Gov. Blackface) and his socialist cronies eliminated showing a picture ID. One can pay $2 at any DMV and get a picture ID. If you can’t afford it, you get it for free. Just show proof of residence; a power bill, rent invoice, etc. It is that easy. Democrats lie and try to scare people. FACT!

  • 2020-05-27 at 11:34 am

    I think the government should offer relocation services to the “Their taking my guns!”, “Don’t Tread On Me!”, “COVID is just the flu!”, “Confederacy deserves monuments!”, “Making me wear a mask to protect others is socialism!”, etc., etc. peeps so that they can easily move to their anti-government enclaves in the middle of nowhere. They would be so much happier and the rest of us would be better off.

    • 2020-05-27 at 4:03 pm

      You don’t have to go, but you may be happier without dealing with us pinkos. Think of how wonderful it would be to walk around strapped and be looked at as righteous and good as opposed to here, where in general the sight of a gun on anyone other than the police (and even them for some) causes anxiety. Maybe the government can donate land with no government support support that steals your taxes and you would be free to keep all your stuff and not have to share unless YOU think it’s appropriate. You could set up pay as you go healthcare to keep all the undeserving from sucking resources they don’t deserve.

      Your new Shangri La wouldn’t make you wear mind controlling face masks, heck you could even bring back smoking in public places since that ban was all a government power grab as well.

  • 2020-05-27 at 5:10 pm

    The mere sight of a firearm, even on a law enforcement officer, causes you ‘anxiety’ Butz? You should address your fear of inanimate objects with someone. Perhaps mention your segregationist tendencies as well. You could make a breakthrough some day.

    • 2020-05-28 at 2:46 pm

      How about you go and ask random people in public about how they feel about seeing someone carrying a gun in public.

      As the area becomes more highly populated there will probably be even more liberals who want government amenities which will probably lead to an even liberal government. If that future bothers conservative folks then moving to a more conservative area could increase their happiness.

      As for me being a segregationist, we all are to some degree. Humans in general want to congregate with like minds and shy away from ones whose beliefs are obviously counter to their own.

      BTW, my over the top enclave comment was mostly just to ruin your mood.

  • 2020-05-28 at 6:31 pm

    As a classical liberal, I’d never approach a random person and ask them anything. The people you’re describing are not liberals — they’re leftist authoritarians bent on forcing all others to think and live the way they do. Rational people do not demand compliance from others to live to some standard they believe.

    You’re surrounded everyday by individuals carrying firearms Butz. You have no idea who they are.
    I don’t care what other people think about firearms ownership, the things they read, the shows they watch, who they hang out with, who they sleep with, what they smoke, or what organizations they belong to. Don’t care. None of my business.

    What is a problem for me, is when know nothing government “officials” who can’t keep the roads free of trash or fix potholes, squander my tax money on corporate welfare. When they talk about “fixing problems’ for twenty years running. When they talk transparency, and then tell reporters to file a FOIA to see what they’re saying which directly impacts the livelihoods of the citizens they’re supposed to serve. When they hike taxes for their own largess, instead of getting broadband installed county wide.

    When everything they tell you about a pandemic, turns out to be wrong.

    Perhaps most bothersome, when they demand 100 million dollar increases in a school budget, year after year, yet most graduates couldn’t tell you the five enumerated freedoms in the 1st Amendment. Forget the rest of the Bill of Rights… Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. We have it deep in Loudoun, and The People put up with it.

    Butz, I encourage you to find some conservative or libertarian friends, If you only hang with people who think like you, then it must result in boring conversations. Open your mind. You could never ruin my mood champ. I’m glad to see you partaking in the public discourse. Keep it up. You’ll learn things.

    • 2020-05-29 at 11:53 am

      Again, I am not saying anyone should move, but as Loudoun becomes more densely populated chances are it will be less and less conservative. If the idea of that negativity effects one’s quality of life, why would one continue to expose themselves to it.

      I should have been more clear and stated open carry firearm. Of course if it is concealed no one would know.

      As for ineffective government, I don’t think I have ever seen an effective one. My thoughts on that is people who are smart and compassionate enough to run the government have absolutely no desire to do so.

      I would bet, regardless of the budget size, that the vast majority of graduates, across the entire country, over the last 50 yrs wouldn’t be able recite the first amendment details.

      There is plenty of diversity within my social circle, but that is what anyone would say so I don’t expect you to believe it.

      You started a sentence with “I don’t care what other people think…”. I think that sums up nicly with what is wrong with society. Apathy is really doing us in.

      • 2020-05-29 at 1:36 pm

        See Butz, we agree on more things than you think. Your thoughts on why really effective people don’t run for office is spot on. There are a few, to be sure, but the majority of officer holders…. I wouldn’t trust them to put gas in my truck.

        I’m not apathetic — What other people think or do in the personal lives is of no concern to me. It’s minding my own business. And if more folks did that, we’d all be better off.

  • 2020-05-29 at 10:47 am

    From this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection…. The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

    And what is with Northam’s exception for kids under 10? Do kids have COVID-19 immunity superpowers?

  • 2020-05-29 at 2:00 pm

    There ya’ go again Mr. D. Imparting actual science into what is nothing more than a societal control scheme launched by a virtue signalling (He has no virtues) control freak.

    Even Saint Anthony Fauchi, says masks are worthless. It’s all about control.

  • 2020-05-31 at 6:15 am

    Chris, how does it feel to be so successful at looking like a complete moron in public? I’ve truly never seen it done better. Here’s a little tidbit of reading (no moving your lips!) which might enlighten your brain if your MAGA hat isn’t on too tight (It’s good reading for everyone else, too.)

    TL;DR: The virus is likely airborne and aerosolized, so wear a mask.

  • 2020-06-01 at 8:29 am

    95% of the masks (non-N95) people are wearing are useless. Worse, they encourage bad behaviour by giving people a false sense of confidence and they stand too close. Don’t succumb to the hysteria. Masks do little to nothing to protect you.

  • 2020-06-01 at 9:11 am

    It probably feels like the easy mark who falls for every con that comes their way Bully.

    A virus can be airborne? Who would ever have known without your vast internet medical training.

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