March 24, 2020Virginia VOAD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates – 3/23/20 Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order to close non-essential businesses, ban gatherings of more than 10 people, and to close all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. The executive order is to help protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home. If and when possible. protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel COVID-19. The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here. Additional guidance and Frequently Asked Questions guide can be found here.