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Gov. Northam slammed for mingling in Virginia Beach crowds without a mask

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam (D), slammed on social media over the weekend after he was photographed maskless and mingling with visitors in Virginia Beach, acknowledged Sunday that he should have been carrying a face mask in case he ended up in a crowd.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Northam faces criticism for Virginia Beach visit without a mask

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

After urging Virginians to wear masks when in public, Gov. Ralph Northam acknowledged he should have worn one himself while visiting Virginia Beach on Saturday. Photos circulating on social media showed Northam, a Democrat, without a face covering on while visiting the oceanfront over the Memorial Day weekend. He stood in close proximity to several beachgoers for photos, breaking social distancing. Republicans criticized Northam, a physician, for not practicing the public health precautions he has asked residents to follow.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Northam says Virginia Beach can reopen its beaches on Friday

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that he will allow the city of Virginia Beach to reopen its beaches starting Friday, with some restrictions, as the Memorial Day holiday nears. Also Monday, Virginia health officials said they have identified one case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in the state, a potentially deadly illness found in children and teens weeks after a COVID-19 infection.

VaNews May 19, 2020

Beaches in Virginia Beach can open with restrictions

By STACY PARKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Virginia Beach business owners can breathe a sigh of relief. The city’s beaches, including those at First Landing State Park, can reopen for recreational activities on Friday — just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the traditional summer tourist season. Other areas cities will have to wait, though. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday afternoon he was only letting Virginia Beach reopen its beaches, in large part because the city had worked hard to develop a good safety plan.

VaNews May 19, 2020

The beach at the Oceanfront was closed, but the crowds were large

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Coronavirus? Not when it’s 78 degrees and there’s a beach nearby, apparently. The Virginia Beach Oceanfront felt like summer in more ways than one Saturday as children ordered “blue and lellow” snow cones and bought hermit crabs, shoppers sampled fudge inside cramped gift shops and bikers pedaled on the boardwalk — with the usual complaints of people walking in the bike lane. And that’s as the beach is considered closed.

VaNews May 18, 2020

Virginia Beach merchants feeling stranded

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Electricians wearing masks bustled around developer Bruce Thompson on the 23rd floor of his new hotel, its multimillion-dollar views of the oceanfront marred by one flaw: no people on the beach. The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on businesses everywhere, but as most of the state prepares to start loosening restrictions on Friday, merchants in Virginia Beach are feeling left out.

VaNews May 14, 2020

Clean teams, beach ambassadors and ‘parking lot restaurants’? Virginia Beach lays out plan to reopen


Virginia Beach is laying out specifics of a safety plan in hopes the governor will lift restrictions on beaches ahead of Memorial Day weekend. A presentation given to Virginia Beach City Council Tuesday night includes proposals that would have cleaning crews regularly on the beach as well as safety ambassadors promoting social distancing.

VaNews May 13, 2020

Virginia beaches could stay closed for most activities until after Memorial Day

By STACY PARKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Beaches in Virginia will not reopen for more activities next week, the governor announced Friday —delivering a serious blow to businesses in Virginia Beach’s resort area who are watching Memorial Day weekend quickly approach. “We want people to be able to return to our beaches,” Gov. Ralph Northam said during a news conference in Richmond, but he stressed they don’t yet have a date in place.

VaNews May 9, 2020

Virginia Beach to suspend pre-applications for program preventing evictions during COVID-19

By JESSICA NOLTE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Virginia Beach will suspend pre-applications at noon Tuesday for a program created to prevent evictions for low- and moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic. Plans for the program were unveiled last week after the Virginia Beach City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to appropriate $2 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27.

VaNews May 5, 2020

Virginia Beach police won’t release its full investigative file into mass shooting

By PETER COUTU, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The Virginia Beach Police Department will not release its complete investigative file into last year’s mass shooting when it is likely finished this fall. Instead, the city plans to publish a report summarizing the findings. The announcement is not sitting well with the family of at least one of those who died May 31 in Building 2.

VaNews April 29, 2020