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Emergency Ordinance

This afternoon, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The ordinance will have an effective date of August 1, 2020.


“In reviewing local data for cases, percent positivity, and resource availability and capacity with the Health Department, it is clear that Albemarle County is not where we want to be with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Supervisors believes these measures, responsive to contact tracing trends, will flatten the curve so that we can keep our community safe – and ultimately, return to normal more quickly,” shared Board Chair Ned Gallaway. “The time for action is now.”


The ordinance applies within Albemarle County to the following:

·         Cloth face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces and in all outdoor public spaces where 6’ of physical distancing is not able to be maintained.

·         Gatherings will be restricted to 50 persons, with limited exceptions.

·         Indoor occupancy in food establishments, wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be limited to 50% of Certificate of Occupancy (CO) capacity, with a 50 person limit for those businesses without a CO.


Violations of this ordinance are punishable as misdemeanors (Class 1 for a person failing to wear a face covering or failing to disperse from a gathering, Class 3 for business owner or onsite manager failing to comply with occupancy limits). The full text is available here. This emergency ordinance will expire at 11:59 pm on September 29, 2020.


To promote education and compliance with this ordinance, the Board of Supervisors also approved an ambassador program that will launch in the coming weeks. Ambassadors will visit area businesses to share educational resources and inform onsite management of any compliance issues they may observe.


More information about the ambassador program will be released when it becomes available.


Concerns regarding potential violations may be directed to the Virginia Department of Health at

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