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In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Alexandria City Council approved an ordinance that expands the state's face mask order. Starting October 1st, if a person is outside in public space and they cannot socially distance from other people they will be required to wear a mask. Mayor Justin Wilson believes the new ordinance will help slow the spread of the virus. The mayor said the new ordinance is similar to those in the District and Maryland.  
A Richmond region school district is making plans to return to the classroom. The superintendent of Chesterfield County schools says students will start phasing back in there at the end of this month. The return includes four cohorts of students, all attending on various days. The board of education's health committee determined the metrics locally were good enough to begin the return to school.  
Virginia residents will have a familiar lawmaker running for Governor. Over the weekend, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax announced his bid to replace his boss Governor Ralph Northam and talked about his accomplishments thus far in his current position. a result 00:09  
Fairfax will hold his first campaign events this week. The lieutenant governor has faced two allegations of sexual assault in his past that he has denied. Virginians will cast their ballots for Governor next year. If elected, Fairfax would be Virginia's second Black governor.  
Mayor Levar Stoney is proposing to add more green space areas in Richmond, saying that the benefits of green space are irrefutable and unmatched. He introduced a plan yesterday for five parcels of land on the southside, totaling 36 acres.

Posted: 09/15/2020 10:21:28 ET ATL

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