Virginia’s mask order goes into effect, COVID-19 peak expected later this summer, former Dominion headquarters set for demolition, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order requiring people to wear masks in public indoor facilities goes into effect today. He told business owners they can kick out patrons who don’t comply, but his administration would only pursue repeated and egregious violations for enforcement.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia’s COVID-19 restrictions prevented more than 700,000 cases of the virus, but new cases are expected to peak at between 5,000 and 9,300 a day in late July or early August, according to updated modeling from the University of Virginia.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia is one of just a handful of states that has not yet implemented an emergency program offering extended unemployment support to people whose benefits expired during the pandemic. “I really don’t know what they are doing other than they are pitifully slow,” one state employee said to an applicant in an email.—Associated Press

• The Smyth County Board of Supervisors “violated the state’s open government law during meetings about dissolving a public library system, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a case long delayed by a lawmaker’s use of a privilege of his office.”—Associated Press

• “Sen. Tim Kaine said Thursday that he and his wife, Anne Holton, tested positive for coronavirus antibodies earlier this month, making the Virginia Democrat the second member of the Senate known to have recovered from the disease.”—The Washington Post

• Emergency responders say a drop in crime and calls for help during Northam’s stay-at-home order “feels like the quiet before the storm.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “At least some University of Virginia students likely will be able to return to Grounds in August, though their semester will be abnormal.”—The Daily Progress

• The Supreme Court of Virginia sided with Virginia Beach in a long-running breach-of-contract dispute between the city and developers of a failed arena project.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Crews have placed 3,270 pounds of dynamite in Dominion Energy’s gutted former office tower. The company’s former downtown Richmond headquarters is scheduled to be imploded early Saturday morning.—RichmondBiz Sense

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