Charlottesville leaders call upon Gov. Northam to implement stay-at-home order

Charlottesville leaders call upon Gov. Northam to implement stay-at-home order
COVID-19 (Source: AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker is requesting Governor Ralph Northam to issue a stay-at-home order.

“Virginia must take action now to halt the spread of COVID-19 before it results in further illness and death within the commonwealth,” said Walker.

The mayor says Charlottesville City Council does not believe the current social distancing measures are enough to contain the spread of the virus.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney and Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter are also calling on the governor to revise the Executive Order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus 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,” said Brackney and Baxter.

Click here to read the joint letter from Brackney and Baxter.

03/25/2020 Release from Charlottesville:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville calls upon Virginia Governor Ralph S. 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, March 24, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker requested that Governor 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,” said Walker. “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,” said Brackney and Baxter.

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