Virginia is among the 10 additional states added to travel advisory lists in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut on Tuesday due to the impact of the coronavirus. Anyone traveling from a U.S. state on the travel advisory lists is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Washington NFL franchise, formerly known as the Washington Redskins, is officially changing its name to the Washington Football Team, at least for the 2020 season. The team announced the decision to go with Washington Football Team as its new name on Thursday, more than a week after it said it would no longer be known as the Redskins.
Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield has a new name after a unanimous Fairfax County School Board vote Thursday. The school has been named for John Lewis, the late congressman and civil rights leader. The new name will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year.
After announcing a hybrid model for reopening schools, Virginia's largest school district is changing course. After a lengthy work session on Tuesday, the Fairfax County School Board supported Superintendent Scott Brabrand's recommendation for Fairfax County Public Schools' approximately 189,000 students start the school year virtually.
House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, oversaw the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state Capitol overnight Thursday along with busts and artifacts representing eight men who served in the Confederacy.
The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,127 additional coronavirus cases Friday, representing the highest daily increase in July. Northern Virginia, the state's most populous region, accounted for just 203 of these new cases. The latest cumulative totals statewide are 82,364 cases, 7,515 hospitalizations and 2,067 deaths.
All events planned for the 2020 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Oct. 23-25 in Arlington, Virginia, and in the nation's capital will transition to virtual only due to ongoing public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus and in order to abide by the guidelines of local governments.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo will reopen Friday with numerous safeguards put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Face coverings are required for all guests ages six and older. Face coverings are recommended for guests ages two to five. All employees will wearing face masks. The zoo also will be limiting the number of guests in the park to 5,000 per time and will use timed entry passes.
The State Fair of Virginia won't be held for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus pandemic. It would have been held Sept. 25 through Oct. 4, 2020 at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. A modified State Fair 4-H Livestock Show will take place.
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