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DCs' Essential Status in Virginia

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elaine Myers

Clarification Re: DC Status in Virginia

March 23, 2020

Dear UVCA Members:

The UVCA leadership, in conjunction with its legislative consultants and the assistance of some additional members, has determined that Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 is to be interpreted as follows.

  • Chiropractors are licensed by the Board of Medicine under the Department of Health Professions as healthcare providers, so are considered essential.
  • They may remain open during normal business hours.
  • They are not bound to the 10-patron requirement.
  • They should perform social distancing “to the extent possible.” Obviously you may not be able to stick to the 6-foot rule, but you can keep distance as possible, pre-screen, disinfect, segregate, etc.

The executive order from Governor Northam today includes:

  • “Nothing in the Order shall limit: (a) the provision of health care or medical services; (b) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; (c) the operations of the media; (d) law enforcement agencies; or (e) the operation of government.”
  • “Essential services like grocery stores, health services, and businesses in our supply chain, will remain open, but they must adhere to social distancing and increased sanitizing procedures... These measures will be in effect statewide for at least 30 days."

The executive order does not require a chiropractic office to stay open, if the doctor prefers not to.

For the governor’s full executive order, go to For the governor’s press conference earlier today, go to

As physician level healthcare providers, if you choose to stay open, you need to be aware of guidelines to assess potential COVID-19 cases appropriately and know steps to take should you suspect a case.These are outlined at

The UVCA phones and list-serve are both temporarily overwhelmed. If you have further questions, please email them to We’ll go through and answer them as quickly as possible.

Thank you.


Julie K Connolly, FICC
Executive Director

Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association
POBox 15, Afton, VA 22920
Phone: 540-932-3100 Fax: 540-932-3101

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