This Week from Del. Matt Fariss

Governor Northam has signed Executive Order 61 in an effort to ease some of the restrictions he put in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the new order doesn’t take into account vast regional differences in how the virus has impacted Virginians, and the Governor seems to be floundering in his response. At one point he said Virginia would not open on a regional basis, but then reversed course and said local governments could lift restrictions at their own pace.

In a joint letter, the elected leaders in Northern Virginia’s five largest jurisdictions — representing nearly 2.4 million residents — told Northam they are unwilling to lift restrictions in place since late March.

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