10th Attempt to Defeat Virginia Coronavirus Mitigation Fails
A Fauquier Circuit Court judge denied a request for declaratory and injunctive relief to opt out of Virginia’s mask requirement. In part, the ruling stated:
It is clear from the plain language of the statute that, in times of emergency, the Governor’s powers are exceptionally broad under Title 44. Contrary to the Plaintiffs’ contention, the Governor’s powers do not preclude him from issuing orders requiring face coverings, and in fact, VA CODE ANN 182.3-422 explicitly anticipates such an event. For this reason, the Court finds that EO 63 was enacted within the Governor’s statutory powers.
This was the 10th case the Virginia Attorney General’s Office has won defending Virginia’s coronavirus mitigation strategies.