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.
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.