Governor Ralph Northam has directed Virginia schools to close for the rest of the academic year.
Northam made the announcement at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
The closures are due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus.
Before Northam’s announcement, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS), Manassas City Public Schools, and Manassas Park City Schools were going to be closed until April 14.
“School closures are necessary to minimize the speed at which COVID-19 spreads and protect the capacity of our healthcare system,” Northam explained at the press conference.
Various businesses must also close. This includes recreation and entertainment services — such as bowling alleys, fitness facilities, and theaters — and personal care services that can’t meet social distancing standards — such as barber shops, spas and massage parlors.
Essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks may stay open.
Restaurants can be open for carry out, and curbside and delivery services.
These requirements will be in effect for no less than 30 days.
A video of the press conference can be seen on Facebook.