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Virginia attorney general asks to have suspension of utility shut offs extended into June

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring answers questions after speaking during a town hall meeting at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center mosque March 17, 2017 in Falls Church, Virginia. The town hall, sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was held following U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from 6 predominantly Muslim nations and also included a free free 'Citizenship Application Clinic.'
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring answers questions after speaking during a town hall meeting at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center mosque March 17, 2017 in Falls Church, Virginia. The town hall, sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was held following U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from 6 predominantly Muslim nations and also included a free free 'Citizenship Application Clinic.' (Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has asked the State Corporation Commission to continue suspensions of utility disconnections through at least June 10 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Attorney General's Office said in a statement Tuesday that the extension "is needed to make sure that all Virginians have access to water, power and gas" during the stay at home order.

The commission first halted utility disconnections last month.

"This extension is especially important for hourly wage earners and those who work in the service industry who have been particularly affected by social distancing efforts and stay at home orders," Herring said in a statement.

Customers should continue to pay their bills if they can, he said. And those who have stopped paying will eventually have to resume paying their bills.