COVID 19 and Coronavirus: A Review of Virginia Quarantine Order Laws

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Fairfax, Leesburg & Manassas, Virginia

Posted: March 18, 2020
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These are difficult times for everyone. We hope that the State Health Commissioner does not have to order that people be forced to quarantine because of the coronavirus outbreak in Virginia. These laws were enacted and updated in 2004 before the coronavirus or COVID-19 existed.

However, a violation of a forced quarantine can have serious consequences under Virginia Law. Carlos Wall, a northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer, explains the potential punishments for violating a quarantine order issued by the Virginia State Health Commissioner if the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

If a person willfully violated a quarantine order they can be found guilty of a Class One Misdemeanor. If there is a only negligent violation of a quarantine order, a person or business can be punished by a civil fine of up to $25,000.00.

To learn more and read the text of the Virginia Statutes regarding quarantines and potential punishments visit our website at

If you have any questions, contact the criminal defense lawyers at The Gordon Law Firm at 703.218.8416 or at The Gordon Law Firm hopes everyone stays healthy and follows the advice of their medical professionals. Please take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.

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