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Virginia ABC Stores to remain open, Gov. places limits on non-essential businesses

At a press conference Gov. Northam ordered recreation and entertainment businesses to close amid the COVID-19 outbreak
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Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 16:12:59-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- ABC stores will remain open in Virginia despite new restrictions on recreation and entertainment businesses announced by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday to help mitigate spread of COVID-19.

At a press conference Gov. Northam ordered recreation and entertainment businesses to close amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but said that Virgina’s ABC stores will remain open.

“ABC stores will remain open and be required to adhere to social distancing and sanitation measures,” Northam said on Monday.

Non-essential brick and mortar retail stores will be required to have no more than 10 patrons in them at a time, while essential businesses like grocery stores must adhere to social-distancing and sanitation measures.

Northam's announcement Monday comes as the state announced that the number of people testing positive for the virus continues to rise and is now at 254, 35 more than Sunday.