VSP outlines enforcement practices regarding Governor’s Executive Orders, Directives

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia State Police have announced they have implemented plans to minimize their direct contact with the public in order to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

VSP has cancelled or postponed all department recruitment events, public presentations, training, ceremonies, etc. through June 10, 2020.

Violations of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55 can result in being charged with a class one misdemeanor which carries a $2,500 fine as well as up to one year in jail.

Items included in the Executive Orders include:

  • Prohibition of all public and and private in-person, indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals – with the exception of the operation of businesses not required to close under Executive Order 53 and the gathering of family members living in the same residence;
  • Closure of all dining and congregation areas in restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms and farmers markets;
  • Any brick and mortar retail business (not listed in paragraph 5 of Executive Order 53) failing to limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close;
  • Closure of all public areas to recreational and entertainment businesses;
  • Closure of public beaches for all activity, except for exercising and fishing;
  • Cancellations of in-person classes and instruction at institutions of higher education; and
  • Cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds

State police will continue to assess violations of all Executive Orders on a case-by-case basis.

Regarding traffic safety issues, the VSP is required to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth and will continue to have a visual presence in our communities as well as on the roads for the safety of everyone traveling in Virginia.

Laws still require law enforcement to have reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle. VSP will not be making random traffic stops on vehicles, nor will they be conducting checkpoints to determine if a driver is traveling for a permissible reason, as granted by Executive Order 53 or Executive Order 55.

The current Executive Orders related to COVID-19:

  • Do not require an individual to carry documentation related to one’s purpose of travel;
  • Do not close Virginia roads/interstates to Virginia residents;
  • Do not restrict non-Virginia residents from traveling into and/or through Virginia;
  • Do not prevent Virginians from traveling out-of-state. State police does encourage any Virginian(s) who may be traveling out-of-state to check, in advance, the other state(s) for any travel restrictions in effect. Governor Northam has advised Virginians returning from out-of-state and/or international travel to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

View additional information relating to Virginia’s Stay at Home Order by clicking here.

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