ROANOKE, Va. – At this time, it doesn’t look like a mask requirement is returning to Virginia.
On Thursday, in a series of tweets, while encouraging all Virginians to wear masks indoors, Gov. Ralph Northam said, “This is not a requirement, but a recommendation.”
All Virginians should consider wearing a mask in public indoor settings where there is increased risk of #COVID19 transmission, as the new @CDCgov guidance recommends.— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) July 29, 2021
This is not a requirement, but a recommendation.
Masks are effective at preventing the spread of #COVID19, but getting vaccinated is the surest way we can bring this pandemic to an end. All three vaccines are safe, effective, and free.— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) July 29, 2021
Let's keep Virginia moving forward—do your part and get your shot: https://t.co/loFwXNE6Rr
The governor commended that Virginia reported more than 1,100 cases on Thursday, which is more than the Commonwealth had been previously reporting.
While he encouraged masking up, he did say that getting vaccinated, “is the surest way we can bring this pandemic to an end.”
For those looking to make a vaccine appointment, you can go to vaccinate.virginia.gov.