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Charlottesville leaders urging Northam to implement stay-at-home order

CharlottesvilleThe City of Charlottesville is leaning upon Gov. Ralph Northam to take action to implement stricter measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including a stay-at-home order, within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker requested that Northam revise his Executive Order Number Fifty-Three to mirror the stay-at-home orders issued by the governors of New York, California, and Louisiana.

“Virginia must take action now to halt the spread of COVID-19 before it results in further illness and death within the Commonwealth,” Walker wrote. “The Council does not believe that this Executive Order’s social distancing measures are sufficient to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia.”

In a separate letter, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney and Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter likewise called for the governor to implement a stay-at-home order in Virginia.

“This is a public health emergency, and we urge you to act immediately to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our fellow Virginians,” Brackney and Baxter wrote in their letter.