As Virginia slowly reopens the state after a long period of lockdown, the state's Department of Public Health is urging residents to report public gatherings and other related activities that violate Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's coronavirus restrictions.
As of June 23, Virginia has over 58,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,645 deaths. In mid-May, Virginia began the long road to finally reopening the state. Northam had a "phased plan" that allowed some economic activities to resume under each phase. However, many of the restrictions put in place at the beginning of the pandemic were still there.
One of these restrictions was placed on religious institutions such as churches, mosques and synagogues. Under the reopening plan, they will be allowed to hold services if they only operate at no more than 50 percent indoor capacity, and that individuals who attend services practice social distancing regulations by keeping six feet apart from each other when seated.