Below you will find a comprehensive overview of resources developed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Health, Treasury Department, Small Business Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations and government partners to ensure your business and your employees have the necessary information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We all play a vital role in not only preventing the spread of COVID-19 but also enacting everyday safety and wellness precautions to keep our workforce healthy.
BLUEPRINT FOR GETTING VIRGINIANS BACK TO WORK INITIATIVE:
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of its “Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work” initiative which will provide recommendations on operating in the current economic climate caused by COVID-19 and how to return stronger than before. More information can be found below.
The Virginia Chamber will be collecting input from members of the business community to develop this initiative.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of its “Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work” initiative which will provide recommendations on operating in the current economic climate caused by COVID-19 and how to return stronger than before. The Virginia Chamber will be collecting input from members of the business community to develop this initiative. Members of the business community are encouraged to participate in the survey by following the link below.
To achieve the goals of getting Virginians back to work as soon as safely possible, the Virginia Chamber is launching a series of surveys and engagement opportunities for the business community. We are engaging our full network of support to build a coalition of input with more than 26,000 Virginia Chamber member companies, over 100 local chambers of commerce, industry trade associations and non-profits, and other key thought leaders from across the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Chamber will release its Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work at the beginning of June, after compiling input received from the survey.
If you are interested in joining the coalition of support for this initiative, please contact email@example.com
Below you will find a list of available webinars for this week. Virginia Chamber members are encouraged to share any additional opportunities that should be included on this list by contacting our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 2
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
- Decoding COVID Workplace Challenges
- Time: 8:00am EST
- Register Here
Verizon Small Business Webinar:
- Time: 2:00EST
- Shelly Palmer advises how your small business can adopt new tech to help you pivot for the future.
- Register Here
Wednesday, June 3
Thursday, June 4
Comcast Business Webinar Series
- Topic: Strengthening Your Telehealth Program to Respond to COVID-19 Demand
- Time: 12:00pm EST
- Register Here
Mercer’s COVID-19 Weekly:
- Webinar Overview: Reinvent: Adaptive Workforce Considerations
- Time: 12:00PM
- Register Here
Friday, June 5
Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA):
- Topic: New Business Models – Going Digital: What Does it Mean for My Business?
- Time: 2:00pm EST
- Register Here
The U.S. Department of Treasury shared new information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Please review the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury below and visit their webpage for additional information.
- A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
- If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
- If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting our workforce throughout the Commonwealth and with the recent reports of COVID-19 cases within the United States, it is imperative that the business community comes together to provide resources and enforce strategies to protect our workers while continuing operations.
- 03/06/2020 – The Virginia Chamber sent a letter to Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine to express the Chamber’s shared concerns about the potential health threat posed by COVID-19.
- 03/13/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released an updated message on COVID-19.
- 03/18/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released an updated message on COVID-19.
- 03/18/2020 – The Virginia Chamber sent a letter to the Virginia Congressional Delegation regarding COVID-19 and the impact this outbreak could have on the health and safety of the business community and all Virginians.
- 03/30/2020 – The Virginia Chamber sent a letter to Governor Northam that requested a delayed enactment for specific new requirements on Virginia businesses.
- 04/03/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released an updated message on COVID-19.
- 04/10/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released a weekly update on COVID-19.
- 04/17/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released a weekly update on COVID-19.
- 04/24/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released a weekly update on COVID-19.
- 05/08/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released a weekly update on COVID-19.
- 05/15/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released a weekly update on COVID-19.
- 05/22/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released a weekly update on COVID-19.
For additional information, visit our Office The Governor Updates Page
Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations
May 26, 2020 – Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings. A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana. Medical-grade masks and personal protective equipment should be reserved for health care professionals.
Under the Governor’s executive order, any person age ten and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time in the following public settings:
- Personal care and grooming businesses
- Essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
- Food and beverage establishments
- Entertainment or public amusement establishments when permitted to open
- Train stations, bus stations, and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
- State and local government buildings and areas where the public accesses services
- Any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes
Exemptions to these guidelines include while eating and drinking at a food and beverage establishment; individuals who are exercising; children under the age of two; a person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible; and anyone with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering. Children over the age of two are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering to the extent possible.
The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five is available here.
The text of amended Executive Order Fifty-One is available here.
Downloadable and printable PDF signage available here.
Governor Announces Details for Phase One of “Forward Virginia”
Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 61 and announced Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to reopen the Commonwealth. The executive order modifies public health guidance in Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55.
The Governor has noted that the timing of the three-phase plan will be based on certain health data.
Below you will find an overview of the information outlined for Phase One.
- The ban continues on social gatherings of more than 10 people and maintains recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and wearing face coverings.
- All businesses should make modifications to maintain six feet of physical distancing, increase cleaning and sanitization of high contact surfaces, and provide enhanced workplace safety measures.
- Retail establishments will be allowed to operate at 50 percent occupancy.
- Restaurant and beverage establishments may offer outdoor dining at 50 percent occupancy.
- Personal grooming services may begin operating by appointment only, with only one appointment per service provider at a time.
- Fitness centers may offer outdoor exercise services.
- Campgrounds may also begin taking reservations for short-term stays.
- Places of worship may continue holding drive-in services, and services may be held inside at 50 percent capacity.
Additional guidance for businesses and religious services can be found below.
The Virginia Department of Health is continually updating its resources to include the latest numbers and information relevant to COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
- Virginia has 46,905 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. (last update 6/03/2020)
- The Virginia Department of Health is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
For more VDH information and resources, visit our VDH page.
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- SBA Products and Resources
- Government Contracting
- Local Assistance
On April 23, Congress approved an additional $484 billion in funding (H.R. 266) for the COVID-19 relief programs created in the CARES Act. Please see below for an itemized list of new funding.
- $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), of which $60 billion will be allocated to small lenders and community banks
- The bill did not include a revision to allow 501(c)6 organizations to qualify for PPP assistance
- $50 billion in loan subsidies to fund approximately $350 billion of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
- $10 billion for EIDL grants, which allows businesses to receive up to $10,000 that does not need to be paid back
- $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers
- $25 billion for expanded testing efforts
For more Small Business Association information and resources, visit our SBA page.
As part of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53, K-12 schools will remain closed through the duration of the academic year. The Virginia Department of Education has established a resource page for students and parents that includes educational guides, approved meal service sites, and the latest information addresses the most frequently asked questions.
The Virginia Department of Education also announced that they will be submitting a waiver to the Federal testing requirements, meaning students will likely not be participating in Standards of Learning (SOL) testing this school year.
- List of Approved Meal Service Sites
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Parent Guide for School-Age Students
- Joint Guidance for Emergency Child Care
- Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due March 20, 2020, for 30 days.
- When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
- The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
- Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
More information on deferring payment and how to file can be found here: www.tax.virginia.gov
In addition to the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans and their families can access state and local behavioral health services in their community — including same-day crisis services.
- Virginia’s 75 DMV offices, as well as mobile units, will close to the public.
- Online services will remain available, and anyone needing to renew a license or vehicle registration is encouraged to do so online.
- For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension.
- Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Department of State Police to suspend enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.
For more information, please visit their website here.
The Secretary of Commerce and Trade has created a compilation of resources and information for Virginia businesses in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Industry-specific resources are also available.
The U.S. Chamber has released a comprehensive resource kit for businesses. View the kit here.
Please find below a list of all of the most recent guides to the aid and programs being made available to assist businesses during the ongoing pandemic, including the newest guide to the paid sick and FMLA programs.
- NEW – Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide
- Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
- Coronavirus Small Business Guide
- Coronavirus Response Toolkit
For more U.S. Chamber information and resources, visit our U.S. Chamber page.
This dashboard provides a timeline of confirmed cases each day and a statewide map showing the number of cases by locality.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Interim Enforcement Response Plan for the coronavirus pandemic. OSHA has also developed a guidance document on preparing workplaces for COVID-19. You can find a copy of the document here.
The U.S. Department of Labor published a new Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) in response to COVID-19.
The UIPL offers states operating, financial, and reporting instructions for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program authorized by the CARES Act. PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work – and available for work within the meaning of applicable state law – expect that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable to work due to COVID-19 reasons.
For more U.S. Department of Labor information and resources, visit our U.S. Department of Labor page.
For more CDC information and resources, visit our CDC page.
Support Local: BBB serving Central Virginia is collecting updates from our trustworthy Accredited Businesses on how consumers can help support them and continue to purchase products, goods and/or services in a safe manner for everyone.
BBBCV has broken down the information into regions to allow consumers the ease of identifying businesses within their community.
Across the Commonwealth, people are coming together to find creative ways to support their local businesses and schools. For more information on how to be a part of supporting the community, visit this page.
Additional resources are available from Chamber members and partners here.
Connecting Jobseekers with Companies Actively Hiring in Northern Virginia
Have you furloughed or laid off workers, or lost a job yourself, because of COVID-19 restrictions? Check out companies hiring now on www.workinnorthernvirginia.com. The new website, launched by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, also includes the industries growing in Northern Virginia and resources to help upskill employees. Click here to go to the COVID-19 Job Resource page.