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Virginia announces new coronavirus restrictions to curb the spread, starting this weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Ralph Northam on Friday afternoon announced several new coronavirus restrictions to help curb the spread of the virus in the commonwealth.

The following changes go into effect Sunday, November 15:

  • Reducing capacity at indoor and outdoor gatherings to 25 people, down from the current limit of 250
  • Expansion of Virginia’s mask mandate in indoor public spaces to Virginians ages five and over (the previous mandate set in May was for ages 10 and over). This includes Free Clinic staff and patients
  • All essential retail business (grocery stores, pharmacies) must adhere to face covering and social distancing guidelines and violations can now be enforced through the Virginia Department of Health as a class 1 misdemeanor
  • Alcohol sales will be cut off at 10 p.m. at restaurants, breweries, wineries, etc. and all establishments must close at midnight
“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” Gov. Northam said in a press release. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”

The Madison Free Clinic expects to remain open during the pandemic, however, we must ask that you call ahead for an appointment.

We are pleased to be able to offer seasonal flu shots and COVID-19 tests at no cost to our patients. Please call us at (540) 948-3667 to schedule an appointment. If you need to apply for or renew your coverage, you may do so online at

Did you know that most Madison Free Clinic patients qualify for UVa's Financial Assistance for specialty and hospital care? We are happy to help with the paperwork, and will gladly fax your application and supporting documents to their office. Please call us at 540-948-3667 to schedule a time for us to help you with your application!

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The mission of the Madison Free Clinic is to deliver ‘Medicine of the Highest Order’ in order to improve the well-being of patients and communities by delivering innovative, compassionate patient- and family-centered healthcare, enriched by education, science, and technology.

Our staff cares deeply about our patients’ long-term health. Every patient is viewed not as a problem to be solved or a charge to be cared for, but as an equal and empowered partner. co-responsible for the attainment of his or her health goals.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization enabling uninsured adults of Madison County, Virginia to be provided With medical care and non-narcotic medications. The clinic also provides limited dental and vision care. in addition to nutritional counseling.

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