Author Archives: chadwick

Author Archives: chadwick

E-Meetings of Boards and Membership Approved for Virginia Condominiums and POAs

In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, the Virginia General Assembly passed emergency legislation temporarily allowing condominium and property owners’ association boards of directors to hold meetings by electronic means during the declared state of emergency.  Under this approach, boards could meet via video-conference or other electronic means as long as unit and lot owners […]

Virginia Governor Starts to Ease Phase 3 Guidelines

Effective at midnight on Monday, March 1, 2021, Virginia will start easing a few of its Phase 3 COVID Guidelines.  According to the Governor’s press release, his amended Executive Order is in response to an encouraging decline in hospitalizations and infection rates and a continuing increase in vaccinations.  However, the Governor notes that the seven-day […]

Fair housing laws expanded to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

The federal Fair Housing laws prohibit housing discrimination based on persons being in specific “protected classes,” including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status.  These laws protect people engaged in a variety of housing-related activities, such as buying or renting a home and can also apply in the context of community associations […]

Virginia Governor Again Tightens Guidelines – Gatherings Limited to 10

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020, stricter COVID guidelines will take effect in Virginia.  The new Executive Order is in response to escalating COVID19 positivity rates and hospitalizations, both in the Commonwealth and around the nation.  The new Executive Order is in effect until January 31, 2021 and can be found at […]

D.C. Modifies and Tightens Phase 2 Restrictions

On November 23, 2020, the Mayor of the District of Columbia announced the tightening of certain “Phase 2” restrictions due to increased community spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as data suggesting that private gatherings significantly contribute to the transmission of the virus.  These Phase 2 modifications start November 25th. The complete text of […]

Virginia Governor Announces Tighter COVID Requirements

Posted November 13, 2020 Virginia Governor Ralph Northam released new, stricter COVID guidelines for Virginia, in response to the growing number of coronavirus infections in Virginia and nationwide.  The new guidelines are effective on midnight on November 15 and include a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, an expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfews, and […]

New Law Strengthens Enforcement of Va. Executive Orders – $500 Civil Penalty (Eventually . . . Maybe)

On October 21, 2020, Governor Northam signed several COVID-related pieces of legislation that were adopted during the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 Special Session.  Of particular interest, the  legislation includes House Bill 5093 (Delegate Watts) and Senate Bill 5117 (Senator Deeds), which would allow a $500 civil penalty for violations of a Governor’s Executive Order as […]

Alexandria City’s Face Mask Requirement: More Stringent than Governor’s Order

Is your community association located in the City of Alexandria in Virginia?  Effective October 1st, Alexandria imposed its own face covering requirement that is more stringent than the Governor’s Executive Order (EO-63). With a few exceptions, Alexandria’s new law requires individuals age 11 and older to wear a proper face covering in places that are […]

Virginia Community Associations and Updated EO67/Phase 3 Guidelines

(Updated August 24, 2020) Effective August 21, 2020, the Virginia Governor determined it was necessary to modify certain targeted Phase 3 business restrictions and issued an amended version of Executive Order 67 (previously issued on June 30, 2020) and a corresponding amended version of the Phase 3 Guidelines. The full text of Amended Executive Order […]

Virginia Adopts COVID-related Workplace Safety Standards

On July 15th, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry adopted a first-of-its-kind statewide “Emergency Temporary Standard” for workplace safety during the COVID-related public health emergency.  These mandatory state regulations (referred to as the “ETS”) became effective as of July 27, 2020 and will remain in effect for six months (or upon expiration of the […]

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