HILLSVILLE, Va.– The state of Virginia has stepped in on one of the greatest attracts Southwest Virginia.
A category change by the Virginia Department of Health has actually left the town of Hillsville unable to problem allows for the Grover King VFW Post 1115 Labor Day Flea Market and Weapon Program.
As of the last meeting of county authorities in July, the supervisors discovered that the state would not enable food suppliers at the event. Still at that time no choice had been made on the fate of the yearly program in the hopes that Gov. Ralph Northam would ease rules once again by the start of September.
However, on Tuesday, the town posted a notice on its site that it had received a caution from the state not to concern permits under threat of criminal charges.
The website states, “The Town of Hillsville will not be issuing permits or having involvement in this year’s Labor Day Flea Market due to the receipt of a letter from the Virginia Department of Health.”
The site then estimates the letter as saying, “Please be advised if you continue with the planned event without satisfying the requirements of Executive Order 67, the CCHD (Carroll County Health Department) will look for enforcement action … consisting of Class 1 criminal misdemeanor charges and civil injunctive relief.”
Town Supervisor Retta Jackson stated the state has actually designated this event as a “festival,” which altered the state requirements.
According to the Virginia Governor’s website, Executive Order 67 details restrictions for home entertainment and amusement organisations.
“The total number of participants (including both individuals and viewers) can not go beyond the lesser of 50% of the lowest tenancy load on the certificate of tenancy, if applicable, or 1,000 individuals.” The order reminds businesses they need to comply with the “Standards for All Service Sectors” and the sector-specific rules.
According to The Carroll News, members of the Hillsville VFW post were scheduled to meet Friday to make a final decision on whether to have their part of what would have been the 53rd-annual gun program and flea market.Source: mtairynews.com