Updated: April 3, 2020
COVID-19 Key Resource List (Virginia):
Commonwealth of Virginia Official COVID-19 Website
This website is a comprehensive resource that provides information pertaining to official actions, guidance, updates, and information about novel coronavirus.
Updates from the Governor
Governor Northam is holding Facebook Live briefings at 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to provide an update to the public on the actions his administration is taking to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia and to support Virginians during this very difficult time.
Williams Mullen COVID-19 Legal Updates
Williams Mullen attorneys continue to serve our clients and have helped by assembling a legal resource page with alerts on federal and state actions related to COVID-19. An email sign-up is available so you can have legal alerts and updates sent as soon as they are published.
Department of Taxation: www.tax.virginia.gov
Department of Health: www.vdh.virginia.gov
Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid): www.dmas.virginia.gov
Department of Motor Vehicles: www.dmv.virginia.gov
Virginia’s Judicial System: http://www.courts.state.va.us/
Virginia Employment Commission http://www.vec.virginia.gov/
North Carolina Official COVID-19 Website
This website is a comprehensive resource of North Carolina’s response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
On Friday, March 27th, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a statewide stay at home order effective for 30 days beginning at 5pm on Monday, March 30th. The order bans gatherings of more than ten individuals, however airports, bus and train stations, libraries, medical facilities, shopping venues and “Essential Businesses” are exempt but are required to follow social distancing requirements to the extent practicable.
The order also requires all North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for “Essential Activities,” “Essential Governmental Operations” or to work or shop at “Essential Businesses and Operations.” In general, “Essential Activities” include the following:
It must be noted that Section 3 of Executive Order 120 is still in effect and generally bans visitors at health care facilities, except for health care personnel and during end-of-life situations. This includes long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health and disability group homes.
“Essential Governmental Operations” includes state and local services needed to ensure the continued operation of government or provide for or support the health, safety and welfare of the public. Each government body determines the operations that fall into this category, but first responders, emergency management personnel, court system personnel, and child welfare staff are included. As an aside, Section 2 of Executive Order 120 expressly provides that certain local government offices shall continue to operate, including health departments, registrar of deeds offices and department of social services offices.
The definition of “Essential Businesses and Operations” is broad and includes several business and industry sectors. Among other business operations, the following are included:
Section 1(a) and 1(b) of Executive Order 120 remain in effect, and these provisions prohibit the following businesses from operating: Bingo parlors, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, indoor exercise facilities (gyms, studios, etc.), health clubs, indoor pools, live performance venues, movie theaters, roller skating rinks, spas, sweepstakes lounges, video game arcades, barber shops, beauty salons, hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.
No documentation authenticating an exemption to the stay at home order is required. In the areas where a local order is also in place, Governor Cooper has instructed that the more restrictive provisions of the state and local orders would apply.
For more information on Executive Order 121, the Governor’s Office has created a guidance document, which can be found here. A link to all of the Governor’s Executive Orders can be found here.
Pursuant to Section 4 of Executive Order 120, public schools in the state will remain closed until at least May 15th.
The General Assembly is scheduled to convene its 2020 session on April 28th. There is a possibility that a special session could be called before that to consider COVID-19 relief measures. The Speaker of the House has appointed a House Select Committee on COVID-19 to review current developments and assist in the preparation of legislative proposals. The Committee includes four separate work groups (Health Care, Education, Economic Support and Continuity of State Operations), which began meeting Wednesday, March 25th. More information on the Committee can be found here.
Municipal and County Restrictions:
Several local governments across North Carolina have implemented their own restrictions. Below is a list of 20 communities who have passed such restrictions, and a link to the local order. More communities are expected to pass similar measures in the coming weeks.
Buncombe County Order
Cabarrus County Order
City of Greenville Order
City of Winston-Salem Order
Dare County Order
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Order
Forsyth County Order
Gaston County Order
Guilford County Order
Haywood County Order
Madison County Order
Mecklenburg County Order
New Hanover County Order
Orange County Order
Pitt County Order
Rutherford County Order
Town of Beaufort Order
Village of Clemmons Order
Wake County Order
NC Department of Revenue (DOR): https://www.ncdor.gov/
NC Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/
NC Department of Commerce: https://www.nccommerce.com/
NC Judicial Branch: https://www.nccourts.gov/
NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: http://www.ncagr.gov/
Department of Insurance https://www.ncdoi.gov/
Golden LEAF Foundation - Rapid Recovery Loan Program https://ncrapidrecovery.org/
Department of Homeland Security:
FDIC and Other Bank/Lending Regulators:
US Small Business Administration: