Northam signs civil fines bill for COVID-19 violations

Among the bills Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law Wednesday is legislation that establishes civil fines for those who violate COVID-19-related executive orders.

House Bill 5093 and Senate Bill 5117 allow the state to levy up to $500 in civil fines for violating an emergency executive order from the governor. The bill, which is designed to grant more flexibility for COVID-19 restrictions, will expire in June 2023.

The previous law allowed the state to only impose a Class 1 misdemeanor for such violations, which is punishable with a fine up to $1,500 and a prison sentence up to one
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