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Virginia Governor Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate / Plans to Lift Other Restrictions on May 28th

Effective May 14, 2021, Virginia’s Governor lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate (with a few exceptions) to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Per the Governor’s press release: “The CDC guidelines state that fully-vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings, except on public […]

Virginia EO72 (7th Amendment) in effect May 15

As vaccinations become more prevalent among Virginians, the Governor again amended his standing orders regarding the COVID19 pandemic, this time through the 7th Amendment to Executive Order 72.  The full text of EO72 (as amended) can be found here and takes effect May 15, 2021.   The main change in EO72’s 7th Amendment was increasing the outdoor gathering […]

Virginia Governor Further Loosens Phase 3 Restrictions – effective April 1

As vaccinations become more prevalent among Virginians and infection rates decrease, the Governor has again loosened restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic, this time through the 4th Amendment to Executive Order 72. The full text of EO72 (as amended) can be found here and takes effect April 1, 2021. Here is a summary  of the provisions of […]

D.C. Eases Some Phase 2 Restrictions

By Mayor’s Order dated March 17, 2021, the Mayor of the District of Columbia modified certain “Phase 2” restrictions that will go into effect at 5:00 a.m. on March 22nd.  In addition, the COVID-19 public health emergency is extended through May 20, 2021.  The complete text of Mayor’s Order 2021-038 regarding these Phase 2 modifications […]

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 […]

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