Coronavirus updates: Richmond Councilman Mike Jones wants businesses to adopt ‘no mask, no entry’ policy


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 29, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported 42,533 cases of COVID-19 — 40,477 confirmed and 2,056 probable — Friday. The death toll is now at 1,358.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 5,648 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

‘No mask, no entry’

Richmond Councilman Mike Jones has submitted a request to the City Council Chief of Staff to draft a resolution regarding Governor Ralph Northam’s face covering requirement.

“The Resolution is a response to the needs of Richmond’s business community, who is reliant on their patrons complying with the Governor’s face covering requirement in order to protect their employees and other patrons,” Councilman Jones’ team wrote.

Councilman Jones hopes that businesses will only allow patrons in their establishments who are wearing masks.

The resolution will be considered by city council after May 29. Stay with 8News for updates.

Free COVID-19 testing in Chesterfield County

The Chesterfield Health Department will continue free COVID-19 testing in June.

While some appointments will be reserved for walk-up testing is limited and people are recommended to make an appointment before arriving. You can make an appointment by calling the Chesterfield Health Department at 804-318-8207. 

Testing is for people who have symptoms of the virus and is free for uninsured people. There will also be Spanish speaking staff present at the event.

Here are the current testing dates:

  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, Bellwood Flea Market, 9201 Jefferson Davis Highway
  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, Falling Creek Ironworks Park, 6407 Jefferson Davis Highway
  • 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, Stonebridge Recreation Center, 230 Karl Linn Drive

Monday food drive to support area nonprofits

This Monday Goochland Cares UP RVA, Henrico County Family and Community Engagement are holding a food drive to help fill food pantries around the area.

“The Richmond Community Food drive has been a great and consistent support to the food scarcity work that is being provided for families during COVID-19,” said Adrienne Cole Johnson, Director of Family and Community Engagement. “We are grateful for their contribution and partnership to Henrico families during such uncertain times.”

They are asking for canned food, and non-perishable donations like pasta and peanut butter. To keep the drive safe, all volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves, and all donations will be accepted and sorted in a way that maintains social distancing guidelines.

The drive is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, June 1, in front of Holland Family Chiropractice at Tuckahoe Village Shopping Center at 11226 Patterson Ave.

Richmond offices, facilities to reopen Monday

The City of Richmond will reopen government facilities and offices under Phase One guidelines on Monday, according to officials.

With phase one, limited in-person services will be available in key city facilities. Walk-in payment services will provided in City Hall with first floor public access, however, not all departments will be open for walk-in services. The Eastern District Center, according to the city, will not be open for walk-in finance payments.

The following city facilities will be open to the public by appointment only, access only by security in each location: 

  • City Hall (with the exception of the Richmond Registrar’s Office and certain other first floor services);
  • 730 East Broad Street;
  • Animal Care and Control;
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities administrative building;
  • DPU plants and external campus;
  • DPW external campus; and
  • Richmond Police, Fire, and Emergency Communications headquarters.

To schedule appointments, residents have been advised to use this list of city services available at this time. Also, not all departments in each building will be open to the public. City residents should check department specifics.

Despite reopening, the city still urges residents to use online services.

Richmond enters “Phase One” of reopening

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Wednesday morning that the city will move into “Phase One” of Governor Northam’s reopening plan today.

Governor Ralph Northam’s mask mandate starts today

Starting today, Virginians will be required to wear face coverings when inside public buildings.

According to Gov. Ralph Northam’s order, the masks must cover your mouth and nose. However, there are six exceptions:

  • While eating or drinking
  • If you’re exercising 
  • If you have trouble breathing or are unable to remove the face covering without help
  • If you need to communicate with those who are hard of hearing
  • When temporarily removing the mask is necessary to secure government or medical services
  • If you have a health condition stopping you from wearing a face covering

7th VADOC inmate dies from COVID-19

A seventh inmate in Virginia’s state correctional system has died after testing positive for COVID—19. The most-recent death reported from state corrections was an inmate from Buckingham Correctional.

Virginia correctional facilities that have been hit hard by COVID-19 include the following:

  • Buckingham Correctional Center — 118 total positive offenders, 9 positive staff members, 3 inmate COVID-19 positive death
  • Dillwyn Correctional Center — 325 total positive offenders, 7 positive staff members, 1 inmate COVID-19 positive death
  • Greensville Correctional Center — 193 total positive offenders, 53 positive staff members
  • Haynesville Correctional Center — 246 total positive offenders, 9 positive staff members

COVID-19 in Virginia

Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:

  • Charles City County: 83 cases, 5 death
  • Chesterfield County: 6,036 cases, 95 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 260 cases, 26 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 401 cases, 7 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 4,649 cases, 61 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 398 cases, 11 deaths
  • Goochland County: 274 cases, 7 deaths
  • Hanover County: 1,311 cases, 38 deaths
  • Henrico County: 5,478 cases, 212 deaths
  • New Kent County: 194 cases, 3 death
  • Powhatan County: 229 cases, 5 deaths
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