Richmond, Accomack County opt out of reopening, Virginia loses $700 million during pandemic, residential garbage leads to tensions, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam granted last-minute requests from the city of Richmond and Accomack County to join Northern Virginia in opting out of the partial reopening that begins today.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Severe restrictions remain in place in the parts of the state that are reopening. “Some retail businesses will reopen with limited capacity, but indoor gyms would remain closed, beaches would remain closed to sunbathers and restaurants would still be prohibited from indoor dine-in service.”—Associated Press

• Many churches, which will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, say they’re holding off on in-person services for now but some are making plans for small religious gatherings in the coming weeks.—The Roanoke Times

• Some retailers are planning to reopen. Others have remained open but will expand operations. Others say they’ll stay closed. “We are ready, we are excited and we are nervous. It is a gumbo mix of those three feelings,” said a shoe retailer planning to offer appointment only service.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The national view: “While just two states, Kentucky and North Dakota, have met the health criteria for reopening society that have been recommended by the White House, the majority of state leaders have now signaled they are ready to begin lifting restrictions.”—Politico

• Culpeper County’s sheriff told local health officials he wouldn’t help enforce the terms of Northam’s order. “My response to that request is that we will not trample the constitutional freedoms of our citizens to enforce an edict of the Governor,” Jenkins wrote on Facebook.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• “The state lost about $700 million in April as the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stop working and stay inside, Virginia’s finance secretary said Thursday.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• Tensions are rising as garbage generated by home-bound spring cleaners continues to overwhelm municipal curbside collection programs, “with frustrated residents cursing sanitation workers on the street. Some have even gotten in their cars and chased garbage trucks to confront the drivers.”—The Virginian-Pilot

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