COVID-19-era fines and penalties have now received a final blow in Virginia, and some of those wrongly hit may soon be repaid.
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin stated earlier this week that while the damage his Democratic predecessor’s administration has done in the state of Virginia cannot be reversed, he is “taking action to stem the draconian hyperbole of the COVID-era.” break up”.
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The governor, who took office in January, issued one supreme command on Tuesday “to review disciplinary actions allegedly taken against individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations as a result of the COVID-19-related emergency.”
Youngkin noted in his order that for many Virginians, recovering from the pandemic does not necessarily mean recovering from the virus, but from “guidelines imposed during the public health emergency.”
“Due to government action, Virginia businesses have been barred from entering, serving or gaining access to their premises, thereby threatening their existence. Individuals were barred from working and performing essential daily activities,” the order said.
Accordingly, Youngkin has directed state authorities to report all fines and penalties imposed by former Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration as a result of failure to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
Based on these reports, the Secretary of the Treasury, or his designee, will “review any such disciplinary action and make recommendations to the Governor as to what corrective action may be taken under the Act.”
in one expression On Tuesday, Youngkin said: “The fact that companies are still dealing with penalties and fines related to COVID-19 is galling. Livelihoods are at stake.”
That anger may have escalated after veteran restaurant owner Matt Strickland ransacked his place last Friday.
Northam members on the board of the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Authority felt it was appropriate for the agency to continue imposing penalties for non-compliance with COVID-19.
Agents raided Strickland’s Gourmeltz restaurant and executed a search warrant issued for the company’s sales records and information regarding “unlicensed possession of alcoholic beverages, maintenance of public harassment, and illegal sale of alcoholic beverages.”
Strickland claimed Monday that “these COVID mandates were more about control than health and safety.”
Youngkin said: “In the previous administration, we saw our government shut down businesses, shut down our schools and separated from each other. While we cannot undo the damage done during Northam’s administration, we are taking action to end the draconian hyperbole of the COVID era.”
“I look forward to working with the General Assembly to address this, awarding COVID fines and fees and restoring licenses wrongfully suspended,” the governor added.
Northam’s COVID regime
March 2020 Northam said Virginians to avoid so-called “non-essential gatherings” of more than 10 people.
Whether this could mean hardship for owners or their employees, all restaurants, fitness centers and theaters have been ordered to significantly reduce capacity to 10 guests or to close.
Grocery stores and various other services were spared this ban, but churches enjoyed no such exemptions.
Chincoteague Lighthouse Community Church filed a lawsuit months later Allegations that Northam violated Christian religious freedom after the church’s pastor was issued a criminal subpoena for attending a Palm Sunday service with 16 people, in violation of Northam’s edict. The Ministry of Justice ultimately one-sided with the church.
National Review reported that in December 2020, Northam began blaming religious communities for the spread of the virus in Virginia, which he said had not strictly followed Democrats’ health guidelines.
Northam’s mask mandate went into effect on May 29 and has expanded over time, requiring all residents aged five and over to follow suit.
The mask requirement and assembly bans had a significant impact on athletics and science, among other things.
Curfews have been imposed on the sale of alcohol, and violations of COVID-19 guidelines have been made an enforceable Class 1 misdemeanor by the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition to misdemeanor charges, massive fines and prison terms expected Retailers who violated the governor’s mandates.
Back to normal
Upon taking office in January, Youngkin not only banned critical race theory, but also signed an executive order making mask-wearing in schools optional.
Youngkin went to great lengths to prioritize freedom over the illusion of security.
Nicole Haley of Coronavirus War Room, a left-wing activist organization campaigning for mask requirements, vaccination requirements and lockdowns, said in January: “From ending vaccination requirements to ordering him to remove masks, Governor Youngkin is already losing support over his anti-science policies that are prolonging the pandemic.”
Youngkin responded by noting that he was not banning masks, but restoring Virginians’ choice as to whether wearing a mask was right for them and their children.
The governor also ended Northam’s vaccination mandate for state employees and asked the Department of Defense to end the coronavirus vaccination mandate for members of the Army National Guard. reported The hill.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/gov-glenn-youngkin-announces-end-of-covid-era-draconian-overreach Gov. Glenn Youngkin announces end to ‘draconian hyperbole of COVID-era’, reimbursement for ‘unfairly’ fined companies