First Amendment

Virginia county will kill proposed limits on private gatherings

Bowing to a public backlash, Fairfax County officials likely will kill a proposal limiting the size and number of gatherings at private residences.

“The results of the first two hearings were overwhelmingly against,” Supervisor Pat Herrity told

“I believe the board will shut it down on June 10.”

Herrity was the first to call attention to the staff-written plan that would restrict “home assemblies” to no more than 49 people. The proposal also would limit gatherings to a maximum of three in a 40-day span.’s coverage of the controversial plan garnered nearly 1,000 online comments — almost universally opposed. The story was picked up nationally.

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