Newsletter - May 23, 2020
I know it's rough out there. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and we're in quarantine. If you can take a walk outside, bring your mask and please do. Enjoy all the beauty of nature. And keep six feet apart from your neighbor. Social distancing is hard. We all crave the human connection. There will come a time again for hugs. Don't forget your humanity.
Newsletter - May 12, 2020
On Sunday, May 10, the Mayor of Alexandria and Chairs of the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, sent the Governor a letter saying that Northern Virginia is not ready for Phase 1. The Directors of Northern Virginia's local health departments also sent a letter stating their assessment, according to the stated metrics for a successful reopening, that the Northern Virginia region has not "met the criteria for moving into Phase 1 at this time."
Governor Northam announced at his Monday, May 11th press conference that Northern Virginia will not begin Phase 1 when the rest of Virginia does.
Newsletter - May 4, 2020
Governor Northam announced today that Executive Order 53 - which declared the closure of all non-essential businesses that couldn't maintain proper social distancing and gave guidance to the businesses that were essential (like grocery stores and pharmacies) on how they can operate safely - is being extended through May 14. The Governor stated his decisions regarding the re-opening have been and will continue to be based on daily incoming data and evidence. But barring any unforeseen sudden change in the data, the Executive Order will expire on Friday, May 15.
Newsletter - May 1, 2020
I wanted to share with you some updates on the COVID-19 crisis. I've edited my Coronavirus page to reflect what's below. If you need help that is not provided on that page, please don't hesitate to contact my office. We will do our best to promptly respond to your needs.
Newsletter - April 25, 2020
I hope you are safe and healthy and socially distant. These times are hard for all of us and on some more than most. If you are an essential worker -- whether a health care provider or a grocery store clerk -- risking your life to save ours, I can't thank you enough. You are the true heroes of this time.
Newsletter - April 20, 2020
On Wednesday, April 22, I will drive to Richmond early in the morning to reconvene with other legislators across the Commonwealth to consider Governor Ralph Northam's 102 recommendations to our bills, along with his one veto and his 181 proposed budget amendments.
Newsletter - April 11, 2020
You probably know that I do my best to send very informative newsletters to constituents, chock-full of detail.
Every year, in addition to the many e-newsletters we send, we mail a hard copy post-session letter to thousands of my constituents.
Did you receive my post-session letter last year?
I hope so. As you'll see if you click the above link, it was long: 14 pages.
Newsletter - April 8, 2020
I hope you're holding up well. I know this is a tough time. I continue to be amazed by our first responders, healthcare professionals, hospital custodial staff, teachers, grocery store workers, food bank volunteers, garbage pick up crews, restaurant workers, and delivery drivers who continue to go to work knowing they are at risk.
It has been remarkable to see the resiliency of so many Virginians as we navigate these times.
I want you know that I am here for you. We're all in this together.
Newsletter - April 1, 2020
I now have a page on my website devoted solely to sharing updates and resources on the coronavirus. You can click on it from the front page of MarkforDelegate.com
Newsletter - March 30, 2020
Governor Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.