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Virginia farm owner sues Gov. Northam for extending coronavirus lockdown
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A Loudon, Virginia-based bed-and-breakfast sued Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday for keeping small businesses closed as states approach four months of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
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Northam announced last week that the state could begin Phase Two of its reopening plan — which includes hospitality and dining establishments — but ordered Northern Virginia and the city of Richmond to remain in Phase One. Businesses in these areas have been further shuttered due to protests and riots that have taken place since the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody on May 25.
Jon Tigges, owner of Zion Springs, a bed-and-breakfast and event space located on a 24-acre farm in Loudon, has collected zero revenue in three months and is now demanding Northam allow Northern Virginia businesses to reopen as part of Phase Two with the rest of the state.