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Virginia health officials report nearly 5,000 COVID-19 mask violations

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 11:14:18-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 4,800 people have contacted the Virginia Department of Health with complaints related to facial coverings since Governor Ralph Northam mandated mask wearing on May 29.

Between May 29 and July 3, the VDH reports 4,810 mask related complaints were received.

VDH spokeswoman Julie Grimes said the "majority are people complaining that other people are not wearing masks."

Nearly one quarter of those involve grocery/convenience stores, with restaurants close behind at 20 percent, and brick and mortar establishments at 15 percent.

People have also logged complaints involving wineries and breweries, indoor gun ranges, personal grooming businesses, fitness/exercise centers, and places of religious services.

The number is way up from when CBS 6 first reported on this story on June 16. At that time, VDH had received 755 mask related complaints.