Coronavirus update: Virginia to relax mask mandates; Nearly 37% of state is fully vaccinated

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A pedestrian walks by graffiti encouraging the wearing of masks on April 20, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have announced that people must wear masks when in public or at the workplace in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginians are still required to wear masks and comply with Governor Northam’s executive order.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear a mask indoors in most settings; excluding planes, trains, buses, hospitals and prisons. However, Virginia guidelines require anyone five years old and up must cover their mouth and nose with a face-covering indoors, as well as workforce employees.

The governor’s office said they were in the process of aligning state guidance with the CDC’s change. A specific timeline on when the mask-wearing guidelines would be updated in the state is not available.

On Friday morning, Republican leaders issued a statement requesting that the governor overturn the state’s mask mandate.

“We call on Governor Northam to conform the Commonwealth’s guidance to that of the CDC’s by immediately rescinding his mask mandate. It’s time for Virginians who have been vaccinated to breathe freely once again,” the joint statement said.

On Friday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 493 new cases. Since the pandemic started, there have been a total of 669,219COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth and 10,991 deaths.

Over three million people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia and nearly seven million total doses administered.

Local COVID-19 cases

  • Charles City County: 501 cases, 16 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 27,825 cases, 431 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,708 cases, 61 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,593 cases, 75 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,879 cases, 86 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 17,011 cases, 266 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 2,126 cases, 44 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,451 cases, 23 deaths
  • Hanover County: 8,139 cases, 158 deaths
  • Henrico County: 25,367 cases, 612 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,499 cases, 18 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,911 cases, 17 deaths

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