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Loudoun Reminds Residents To Respect Coronavirus Restrictions

Patch logo Patch 3/27/2020 Mark Hand
a man holding his head in his hands: Athletic courts and fields at both Loudoun County-operated parks and public schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. © Shutterstock/Teodor Lazarev Athletic courts and fields at both Loudoun County-operated parks and public schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — Don't even think about entering public school campuses or using playgrounds and athletic fields. That's the message Loudoun County is sending residents who might be tempted to visit these spaces as temperatures climb over the weekend.

While Loudoun County parks are still open for trail and leisure use, playgrounds, athletic courts and fields at both county-operated parks and Loudoun County Public Schools are closed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Closure signs have been posted on Loudoun County Public School campuses and at Loudoun County parks. Residents and businesses are subject to restrictions in compliance with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 53, which is in effect until at least April 23, according to the county.

Loudoun County wants residents to call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 703-777-1021 if they observe a potential violation of the order. Violations of the governor’s order are a misdemeanor, which carry a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

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At a news briefing Friday, Northam reiterated that all residents in the state should stay home if possible and singled out young adults who might not be taking the coronavirus seriously because they believe only older people can get infected.

Out of the 604 positive cases of coronavirus in Virginia as of Friday, 93, or 16 percent, of them are people in the age range of 20 to 29, he noted. "There has been some talk ... around Virginia that this only affects the elderly. Well, it doesn't. If affects all of us. So take this seriously and please stay home," the governor said.

Northam also reiterated that he expects localities to enforce orders he issued earlier in the week to shut down certain businesses and limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer.

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