RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has not left the state since his Executive Order requiring Virginians to stay at home and limit travel went into effect.
The Executive Order asks Virginians to “remain at their place of residence,” with exceptions for working, household shopping, engaging in outdoor activities, seeking medical attention, taking care of family, attending worship services and other limited travel.
Gov. Northam’s office denies rumors that he has traveled to his home in the Outer Banks during the stay-at-home order. The baseless rumor is circulating on websites and in social media.
“This is a fact: Gov. Northam has been working on behalf of Virginians seven days a week and has not left Virginia since stay at home orders have been in place. Anything else is a lie. People spread lies all the time for political gain and they should be ashamed of themselves,” said the Governor’s office.
Republican Sen. Amanda Chase posted a video this morning on Facebook saying that she looked into the rumors and they are false.
“Our initial report is that this is a false claim… that this is not true,” Sen. Chase said in the video. “We’re still looking into it, but I just want to let you know that the people that I have looking into this are finding that this claim is unfounded and not true.”
Our sister-station WRIC-TV in Richmond has found no evidence that the governor has traveled out of state.
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