RICHMOND, Va. - In response to the unrest in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a State of Emergency in Virginia so officials can continue to respond to the incident.
Northam also issued a curfew for the cities of Alexandria and Arlington. The curfew will be in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.
The governor announced earlier that he is sending the Virginia National Guard and State Troopers to D.C. to provide assistance.
Earlier in the day, supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were meeting to formally count the electors that will make Joe Biden president on Jan. 20. This caused Congress to go into lockdown as Vice President Mike Pence and other lawmakers were quickly evacuated from the House and Senate chambers.
At the request of @AlexandriaVAGov and @ArlingtonVA, I am declaring a 6PM to 6AM curfew in these jurisdictions, with limited exceptions.— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 6, 2021
I am also issuing a State of Emergency in Virginia, so we can continue to respond.
This is a developing story.