Is it legal for retailers to “mark-up” urgently needed supplies like soap? What should one do if they observe this happening?

(Posted 3/11/20): According to the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, “The Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act is activated when the governor or the president declares a state of emergency covering parts of Virginia. The act prohibits a ‘supplier’ from charging unconscionable prices for ’necessary goods and services’ within the affected area during thirty (30) day period following the declared state of emergency.”  

If you believe that a retailer is raising prices for necessary goods and services, you should file a complaint with Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General. Instructions for filing a price gouging complaint are posted on the OAG website.

It is important to note that as of March 11, 2020, no state of emergency has been declared for Virginia.

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1. What are the vaccine efforts in Loudoun County?
2. Who will get the vaccine first?
3. How will I know when my family or I can get a vaccine?
4. Is the vaccine safe?
5. What precautions should I take with my pets or other animals?
6. What should someone do if they are ill?
7. Why won’t the county tell us where the people who have tested positive have been in our community? Shouldn’t we know so we can protect ourselves?
8. What should someone do if their provider will not see them?
9. Would you recommend advising the public against attending any public events, such as sporting events or high school graduations or political rallies or even public hearings before the Board?
10. Would you implement a quarantine for individuals with confirmed cases of the virus?
11. Do you anticipate that we may already have unidentified mild cases of corona virus in Loudoun County?
12. What about the CDC suggestion that seniors refill their prescriptions as a precaution? I followed that advice and the prescriptions were denied by my insurance.
13. What procedures are already being taken in schools, hospitals, libraries and other public buildings to ensure cleanliness and disinfecting to lower the spread?
14. How long can COVID-19 lay dormant in one’s body?
15. Is it legal for retailers to “mark-up” urgently needed supplies like soap? What should one do if they observe this happening?
16. Is a person who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 legally required to self-quarantine?
17. What are the effects on pregnant women? Should they do more to avoid social settings, is there greater risk to an unborn child?
18. When a person is identified as having COVID-19 in Loudoun, how are the interactions of the infected individual traced? Who does the tracking in Loudoun County?