On Tuesday, Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin (R), signed an executive order that brought an end to the state’s Covid-19 fines and penalties. While he has not yet released the details, Governor Youngkin also wants to put a reimbursement process in place for those who had to pay unjust fines during the pandemic.
While signing the executive order, Governor Youngkin said, “While we can’t do the damage done during the Northam administration, we are taking action going forward to end Covid-era draconian overreach.”
The order put an end to fines and fees that were put on individuals as well as businesses and were related to Covid shutdown violations. The order also directed all enforcement agencies, boards, and commissions to report all fines, fees, and suspensions that are associated with the Covid shutdowns.
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Not only did the order prevent new fines or fees from being issued, but Governor Youngkin also wants to work with the Secretary of Finance and the agencies that enforced the fines and fees to find a way to reimburse those who had to pay “unjust Covid-19 fines and fees.”
Governor Youngkin also released a statement saying that he will be requiring a statewide review of Covid-19 penalties that were in place during the Northam administration.
While a veteran and local business owner and candidate for state senator in Virginia, Matt Strickland, had police enter his restaurant in Fredericksburg and shut it down on Friday because he had refused to close his doors during the pandemic, Governor Youngkin wrote in his statement, “The fact that businesses are still dealing with COVID-19-related penalties and fines is infuriating. Livelihoods are on the line.”