Virginia tourist restrictions put travel at risk

VIRGINIA (AP) A Virginia travel ban placed restrictions on all non-essential travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan on Saturday, one day after the U.S. and the European Union imposed travel bans on the countries and others with ties to the Islamic State group.

The Virginia governor’s office says all state agencies will be closed on Saturday and people will be allowed back to their residences but will be required to remain at their designated places of employment, and some places of worship will be turned into hotels.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the U and European Union, and other organizations have said the bans will make it harder for refugees and others to enter the United States.

The governors office said the U, EU and U.K. will continue to provide additional assistance for refugees, with the aim of resettling up to 500,000 people in Virginia.