Virginia Beach’s beaches to reopen, how contact tracing actually works, Danville casino negotiations, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Gov. Ralph Northam said Virginia Beach’s beaches can reopen Friday. He said he made an exception for the jurisdiction because the city developed a safety plan. “If people swarm these beaches and ignore social distancing rules or the regulations the city has put into place, I will not hesitate to reinstate Phase I restrictions or even (to) close the beach outright if necessary.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• “State tax revenue from motor vehicle sales fell by almost $37 million in April, compared with the same month a year ago, a 41% drop that could signal a slowdown in Virginia’s ambitious plans to improve its transportation system.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Northam said he’s “hopeful” that students will return to school in the fall.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• How does contact tracing actually work? A reporter went through the process to find out.—The Virginian-Pilot

• A Richmond judge lowered the signature requirement to get on the ballot for mayor this year from 500 to 150 after a candidate sued. “At best, continuing to obtain signatures is challenging, and at worst is in direct conflict with directives from everyone in the public health community.”—VPM

• “The state of Virginia is investigating Fairfax County Public Schools over allegations it has failed to provide equal learning opportunities to students with disabilities during the coronavirus shutdown, as mandated by state and federal law.”—The Washington Post

• Danville is negotiating with Las Vegas casino giant Caesars Entertainment to open a resort in the city that would include 500 hotel rooms, a conference center, a theater, 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games and 16 poker tables.—The Danville Register & Bee

• “Three dozen Lynchburg households were ordered to vacate their homes Monday as eviction hearings resumed for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced courts to cancel routine business.”—The News & Advance

• The Chincoteague Island Pony Swim has been cancelled for the first time since World War II. Organizers called it “the only logical decision to make.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• Police in Louisa say they arrested one of two men accused of shoplifting at Sheetz while wearing hollowed-out watermelons on their heads.—The Daily Progress

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