I hope you and yours are doing well. We are a little over 3 months since this pandemic reached Virginia. I want to thank everyone in Virginia who has been doing their part to slow this virus down. Please note that Virginia will not enter Phase 3 this week. But even when we do reach Phase 3, we must all continue to stay vigilant.
The Governor has announced that legislation making Juneteenth a state holiday will be introduced. Many Americans celebrate the 4th of July as the birth of our nation and the liberation from a tyrannical empire, however, not everyone in America was given that freedom. We need to recognize this Juneteenth with the same reverence as the 4th of July because for so many American slaves, this was the day they were truly free.
I am so happy to see our community overcome this very tough situation. It will be a great boon to our businesses and their workers to ease more of the pandemic restrictions tomorrow. However we cannot stop taking this seriously. While we slowly return to normal lives, we must continue to stay vigilant. This means wearing your mask when you go outside, keeping a safe distance from other individuals, and staying at home when possible!
Northern Virginia and Richmond will be allowed to enter Phase 2 after COVID-19 cases continue to decline in our region. Additionally, the Governor announced a phased-in approach for our schools. More information on both Phase 2 and our schools will be presented below.
These last few weeks and months have been difficult, but eye opening. Throughout many facets of our society, our most dire weaknesses have been exposed. But at the same time, we’ve seen the strength and resilience of our community. Not only do we persevere through these hard times, we overcome them, and make our county, commonwealth, and country a better and safer place for everyone.
Per Executive Order 63, Virginians will be required to wear a face covering when they are in most indoor/public areas including retail stores, public transportation, and personal care & grooming establishments. If you do not have a mask and need information on what face coverings you could use (including ones you can make yourself!), please go to the CDC’s face covering webpage here.
The Governor announced that starting this Friday, May 29th, Virginians will be required to wear face coverings whenever they are in most public areas such as a grocery store or a barber shop. More information is available in this newsletter, but I just wanted to state how important this rule will be to protect everyone.
I want to wish Muslims celebrating this weekend a very happy Eid to you and your family! Eid Mubarak. This pandemic has truly made it a tough time to celebrate holidays like Ramadan, Easter or Passover. I want to thank everyone of all the many faiths celebrating these past few months for their patience and understanding during this difficult situation.
We are now more than two months into this state of emergency. I know it’s been a tough few months. This pandemic has truly tested the strength and resolve of our community. We here in the 51st District and the rest of NoVA continue to follow the necessary restrictions put in place over the past two months. The signs are certainly in our favor, but we must continue to stay at home.