Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) has announced plans to end fines and penalties for coronavirus-related shutdown violations and start reimbursing any businesses who were previously penalized for violating such restrictions.
Youngkin made the announcement in an executive order issued on Tuesday. The order will cease the collection and enforcement of fines, fees, and suspensions related to COVID-19.
“I am today requiring a statewide review of COVID-19 related penalties imposed by the Northam administration. The fact that businesses are still dealing with COVID-19 related penalties and fines is infuriating. Livelihoods are on the line,” Youngkin said in a news release, as reported by WSLS
He added, “I look forward to working with the General Assembly to address this, forgive COVID fines and fees and restore licenses that were unjustly suspended.”
The executive order will mandate enforcement agencies, boards, and commissions to report such fines and fees to the Secretary of Finance by a January 23rd, 2023 deadline.
Youngkin’s office did not go into specifics about what it considered an “unjust” fine, fee or license suspension.
According to the Associated Press, the order will not apply to instances where the violation was in relation to practices, guidelines, rules or operating procedures intended to protect the health and safety of individuals, patients, residents, and staff of hospitals, nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, hospices, or assisted living facilities.
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