Below you will find quick lines to some of the most up-to-date resources
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
- SBA Debt Relief
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- SBA Products and Resources
- Government Contracting
- Local Assistance
Guidance for Employers
How to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
Tips and resources for employers to combat the virus
For consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please click here.
The Virginia Department of Taxation
- 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
The Virginia Department of Education
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
FAST FACTS ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What is it?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new virus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Who is at risk?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease
What can people do to stay healthy and stop the spread of germs?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are sick stay home (except to get medical care).
How should employers prepare for the potential of coronavirus in their business community?
The CDC has provided interim guidance on its website. Click here to read details.
Message From SMLRCC Executive Director
Our number one priority remains helping our businesses navigate this shared journey and pivot to safely reopening our region. In doing so, we have compiled a list of 6 Ways to Prepare to Re-Open for your consideration.
1. Build a COVID-19 Plan
Prepare a plan of action. This plan will later be used in marketing efforts to show your customers that you care. Call it your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Include cleaning and sanitizing schedules, new protocols, safety procedures, social distancing, and options that include both indoor shopping and curbside. Be sure to continue reaching consumers virtually with Facebook Live, videos, webinars, photo updates, and more.
2. Social Distancing
By now, you’ve been to a store that has stickers on the floor showing you where to stand, saw the signs that limit the number of entrants, noticed some doors are marked entry and some exit, workers are using gloves and have on face masks, and you’ve seen plastic shields in front of the counters. You need to consider similar procedures if you haven’t already. Start gathering necessary supplies and signage to accommodate your COVID-19 plan.
3. Cleaning Schedule
Consumers will notice if your store is clean, organized, and safe to enter. Make sure you are rebuilding your cleaning plan and have all the necessary items needed to do so. Build a new schedule and add it to your daily calendar. Make sure your staff is fully aware of the new procedures – have staff meetings before re-opening to go over your plan. Build in inspection times and checklists for quality control.
4. Market Your Plan
As businesses begin to re-open, consumers will look for those locations who have clearly marketed their COVID-19 Safety Plan. Big franchises, as well as other small businesses who have already remained open, have executed this very well and for some it has even increased their business. When you begin to market that you’re back open, follow it up with your new plan. Consumers will notice and make sure they are entering a safe environment.
5. Respect the Process
This process of re-opening will constantly adjust as our leaders evaluate the current environment. Just as many people who are ready for business to be open as usual, there are others who will remain overly cautious for quite some time. If you cater your plan to the cautious, consumers will be more open and respect those procedures. The lack of a COVID-19 Safety Plan will undoubtedly lose some consumers. The faster you adhere to the safety protocols, the faster you will start moving towards business as usual.
6. Contact the Chamber
Share your plans to re-open. Email operational updates to email@example.com so we can also provide updates to the community.
Christopher Finley, Executive Director
Virginia Department of Health
The Virginia Department of Health is continually updating its resources to include the latest numbers and information relevant to COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
US Chamber of Commerce
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.
Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP):
This dashboard provides a timeline of confirmed cases each day and a statewide map showing the number of cases by locality.
World Health Organization
For more resources, including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the CDC, please click here.
Chamber Member Restaurants Take-Out & Delivery
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