Provided by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Highlights from the Governor’s March 18 Update
- Virginians should avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, per federal guidelines.
- All restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters are mandated to significantly reduce their capacity to 10 patrons, or close. Restaurants are encouraged to continue carry-out and takeaway options.
- Those with chronic health conditions or aged 65 or older should self-quarantine.
- Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
- Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19.
- Utilities are suspending service disconnections due to nonpayment for the next 60 days.
- The DMV is issuing 60 day extensions for those whose license and registration expire before May 15.
- From Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all district and circuit courts are suspended absent a specific exemption. This includes a prohibition on new eviction cases for tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19.
- The Governor’s office set up a special email for coronavirus related questions. You can email Covid19JIC@vdem.virginia.gov with any inquires.
A Message from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD)
The Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic that has hit the nation is creating concern for our economy here in Virginia and across the nation. Below is a link to a brief survey that will allow our agency to collect data on the impact COVID-19 is having on business revenue and employment.
Please take a moment to complete this survey so we can share the results with State and Federal partners. We would like to receive responses as soon as possible but will be leaving the survey open through 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020 to capture responses.
Business and Worker/Employee Resources
SBA: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Workers Whose Job Has Been Affected by the Coronavirus
Towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan: For Your Safety, Vote Absentee this May
The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to protect their health during COVID-19 outbreak. Voting absentee in the coming local May elections is strongly encouraged. Voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness” for Absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19. Voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day.