Virginia imposes new COVID-19 restrictions in eastern part of state

Governor Northam speaks

Governor Northam speaks

First, he said no alcohol will be prohibited to be sold or consumed on site after 10 p.m., and all restaurants must close by midnight, effectively closing bars in Hampton Roads.

State officials are taking additional steps to combat a surge of COVID-19 in Hampton Roads.

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"This week we will begin the process of distributing the second half of federal CARES Act money to Virginia localities - nearly $645 million", he said during the Tuesday press conference.

In addition, Northam said all private and public gatherings in the eastern region of the state, including Virginia Beach, will be limited to 50 people, down from the current statewide limit of 250. "As I've said before, it happens when too many people are selfish".

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The rest of the state will remain in Phase 3, which Virginians entered on July 1. There were 922 new positive coronavirus cases reported Tuesday, bringing the state's total to just under 87,000.

Most areas of the state, including the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia, are doing well, Northam said. Northam said Virginia has gone above and beyond that - allocating almost half of the money to localities.

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Northam announced Tuesday that the region - which has seen a 672% increase in its seven-day moving average of positive cases since June 9 - will move into a hybrid phase because people still aren't complying with his guidelines. But Virginia moved to Phase 3 earlier this month, while the other areas have not.

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