FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2020
Additional regulations related to in-person gatherings, face coverings, and occupancy limits approved to control the spread of COVID-19
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – At a special meeting held Monday, July 27, 2020, Charlottesville City Council approved an emergency ordinance to implement additional regulations to control the spread of COVID-19. Earlier today, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors also met and approved a similar measure.
The ordinance contains three main components that augment the Executive Orders issued by Governor Ralph S. Northam since March. First, the ordinance limits in-person attendees at gatherings to fifty. Second, the ordinance requires the use of cloth face coverings in public places with several exceptions. Third, the ordinance limits the indoor occupancy limits at food establishments, microbreweries, microdistilleries, microwineries and small breweries.
The ordinance is effective 12:00 a.m., August 1, 2020 and expires at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2020 unless amended by the Charlottesville City Council.
The City of Charlottesville encourages business owners and patrons to comply with this new ordinance as well as the Governor’s guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our community. The Charlottesville Police Department will continue to focus on educating the public and businesses about potential violations before taking enforcement actions.
Should the public have any concerns regarding potential violations, they may call the Regional Emergency Communications Center’s non-emergency line at (434) 977-9041.
The specific ordinance requirements and penalties can be reviewed on the City’s website.
This ordinance is authorized by §14 of the Charlottesville City Charter, which enables the City Council to enact ordinances to “prevent the introduction or spreading of contagious or infectious diseases, and prevent and suppress diseases generally.”
Continued Declaration of Emergency
On March 12, 2020, Dr. Tarron J. Richardson, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Management, declared the potential spread of COVID-19 an emergency pursuant to a Resolution adopted by the Charlottesville City Council. Also on March 12, 2020, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Number Fifty-One (“EO 51”) declaring a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Virginia because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March 12, 2020, Governor Northam has issued several more Executive Orders jointly with Orders of Public Health Emergency issued by M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA, State Health Commissioner, pertaining to COVID-19. As of the date of adoption of this ordinance by the City of Charlottesville, “Executive Order Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, Phase Three Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” (collectively referred to as “EO 67”), which became effective at 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2020, remains in effect.
NOTE: This release was updated July 29, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. to reflect the preferred approach for reporting potential violations.
Director of Communications
City of Charlottesville