NEWS TO KNOW
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• Health officials in Norfolk and Virginia Beach shut down five restaurants for not following COVID-19 precautions ordered by Gov. Ralph Northam. Business owners say they were mostly following the rules, but inspectors said violations ranged from congregating and sitting at bars to improper mask wearing and a “significant lack of social distancing.”—The Virginian-Pilot
• Virginia residents travelling to Connecticut, New York and New Jersey must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival under an updated travel advisory issued by governors there. The rule now applies to 31 states with high positive test results for COVID-19.—Politico
• A judge in Culpeper County tossed a lawsuit challenging Northam’s emergency order requiring that everyone over the age of 10 wear a facemask inside public buildings or businesses.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• School leaders in Chesterfield, Fairfax and Loudoun counties — some of Virginia’s largest school districts — have scrapped plans for in-person classes and will begin the fall semester online only.—The Washington Post; Chesterfield Observer
• Black students and teachers are using social media to share accounts of racism in their school districts.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• In what supporters hope will become the second wave of last year’s “Second Amendment Sanctuary” movement, counties are beginning to pass symbolic resolutions declaring they will not impose any local gun control measures.—The News & Advance
• Voters in Franklin and Tazewell counties will be asked in November whether Confederate memorials in front of their respective courthouses should be moved. The advisory referendums are nonbinding.—The Roanoke Times; Bluefield Daily Telegraph
• A Confederate statue removed Tuesday from the front of Loudoun County’s courthouse “will be replaced with a monument on the history of slavery, including a ‘freedom path’ and stories of community members who suffered.”—The Washington Post
• “Four years after the city of Petersburg teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, city officials announced its largest positive fund balance in over a decade.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• An African-American Irish dancer from Richmond is drawing widespread notice in the UK and Ireland for “her lightning-footed jigs.”—BBC
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