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Recent Virginia Emergency Orders: a Wave of New COVID-19 State-Specific Legislation to Slow the Spread of the Spiking Pandemic

Recent Virginia Emergency Orders Summarized

With cases spiking nationwide, many states are issuing new COVID-19 legislation.

In reviewing all recently-released Virginia legislation and guidelines, nothing specific that pertains to dental practices that changes or affects our existing protocols. However, In an effort to keep all employees updated based on their relevant state’s legislation, Legal and Compliance provides you with a summary the relevant legislation below

The two main orders recently amended in November 13 and effective November 16 are Virgnia Sixth Amended Emergency Order 67 and VA Amended Emergency Order 63 (requirement to wear face coverings while inside buildings). Sixth Amended Emergency Order 67 incorporates by reference a comprehensive Virginia Phase Three Guidelines Document, which the Commonwealth also released on November 13. An overview  of those Guidelines is included within the summary of Sixth Amended EO 67.

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SUMMARY OF COMMONWEALTH OF VA SIXTH AMENDED EO 67 & ORDER OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY 7

Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions in the Commonwealth are experiencing increases

in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations. Virginia is averaging 1,500 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May.

BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS

All Businesses

Any businesses not expressly listed in sections A or C should adhere to the Guidelines for All Business Sectors expressly incorporated by reference herein as best practices, dated November 3. Relevant best practices in this detailed 50-page document (incorporated into Executive Order 67)  include:

  • Physical distancing best practices (physical distancing P&Ps, signage, occupancy limit, encourage telework when possible, or if not staggering of workstations to ensure six feet distances, limit in-person work related gatherings, limit the length of in-person meetings).
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection best practices (routine cleaning and disinfection, EPA approved disinfectant use, frequent hand washing, providing handwashing stations or hand sanitizers if handwashing stations not available, best hygiene practices on regular basis).
  • Enhanced workplace safety best practices (employee screenings, self-monitoring of symptoms, maintain symptom monitor logs, instruct sick employees to stay home, if employee is sick follow the what to do if you are sick guidance, implement screening practices, flexible sick leave policies, encourage to self-identify vulnerable individuals and take particular care to reduce exposure risk; designate covid-19 point of contact whose information is widely publicized [this has been done DEPG wide, per our COVID-contact designation and notification form], limit employee numbers in break rooms, use messaging boards and digital messaging for pre-shift information).

OTHER RESTRICTIONS

All Public and Private In-Person Gatherings All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 25 individuals are prohibited.

The presence of more than 25 individuals performing functions of their employment or assembled in an educational instructional setting is not a “gathering.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ESSENTIAL RETAIL BUSINESSES

Essential Retail Businesses Essential retail businesses (specifically listed in the order including grocery stories, pharmacies, medical, laboratory and vision supply retailers; electronic retailers that sell cell phones, computers and tablets etc) may continue to remain open during their normal business hours.

Declaration of the state of emergency remains (as indicated by Amended EO 51) is continued and will remain in effect until 11:59 on March 12, 2021 (unless otherwise amended and rescinded). The continued EO will allow the wearing of a medical mask, respirator, or any other protective face covering for the purpose of facilitating the protection of one’s personal health in response to the 14 COVID-19 public health emergency.

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SUMMARY OF COMMONWEALTH OF VA SIXTH AMENDED EO 63

Executive Order 63, issued in May, required face coverings to be worn in certain indoor public spaces. Now, as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, educators, and school staff, additional requirements to wear face coverings are necessary.

Face Coverings Required-Patrons and Visitors

All individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and over shall, when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside the settings listed in the order, cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC.

Face Coverings Required-Employees of Essential Retail Businesses

All employees of essential retail businesses as listed in Sixth Amended Executive Order 67 and Amended Order of Public Health Emergency Seven (2020), Section C, paragraph 1 shall wear a face covering whenever working in customer facing areas.

Enforcement mechanisms listed

Exceptions to face coverings requirements listed (incudes any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance).

 


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