Governor says VA is in "new normal"; 290 VA COVID-19 cases confirmed

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) - Governor Ralph Northam reminded the commonwealth Tuesday that new restrictions will take place Tuesday night at midnight on businesses in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Northam also says coronavirus has led to a "new normal" that is likely to last months, not weeks, as we have not seen a peak in COVID-19 cases.

Click here to watch Tuesday's news conference.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 290 cases of coronavirus in the commonwealth as of noon Tuesday, including one in Halifax County and one each in Radford and Nelson County.

Northam says for the foreseeable future, media briefings will be 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, instead of every day, unless the need arises.

The governor says non-essential recreation and entertainment areas and businesses, such as bowling alleys, theaters, fitness centers and racetracks, must close as cases of coronavirus continue to grow, and restaurants have to close their dining rooms, being open only for takeout, delivery and curbside delivery.

Other businesses that cannot observe social distancing, such as barber shops, spas, salons and massage parlors, must also close.

Non-essential retailers are allowed to stay open if they allow ten or fewer patrons at a time and expand sanitizing procedures. Essential brick-and-mortar businesses, such as health care, grocery stores and supply chain businesses, have to maintain social distancing, with six feet between people.

The new business restrictions, outlined in Executive Order 53, take effect midnight Tuesday night, and are expected to last at least 30 days.

Click here for a list of explanations and frequently-asked questions.

There are nine recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth, and 45 people have been hospitalized. 4,470 people have been tested.

Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won't show up until at least Wednesday on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day.

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