We were heartened to hear that Gov. Ralph Northam has decided to allow Virginia to enter Phase One of reopening by May 15, barring an unanticipated spike of COVID-19 over the next week and a half. This is good news and represents hope for all Virginians. However, it’s too little and too slow.

The better approach for the Commonwealth in our view is to allow the Commonwealth to open up on a county-by-county basis into Phase One. The health districts for the communities we serve are in the lower COVID 19 range of the state and nationally. 

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