Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Slow Spread of COVID-19 in Hampton Roads Region
December 10, 2020: Governor Ralph Northam today announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.
“New daily case numbers are higher than they have been at any previous point in the pandemic, and while the trends in Virginia are better than most of the country, we are taking action now to slow the spread of this virus before our hospitals get overwhelmed,” said Governor Northam. “We already have strong public health measures in place, and with these additional steps, we can turn this around. Virginians, if you don’t have to be out, stay at home. Whenever we are around other people, we all need to wear a mask, indoors and out.”
“These are common-sense things we can all do to take care of each other and stay safe. This is not about getting people in trouble—this is about everyone doing their part and reducing opportunities for people to get sick.”
The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14:
- Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.
- Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
- Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.
- Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
- Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.
While Virginia’s new cases per capita remain lower than 43 other states, all of the Commonwealth’s five health regions are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations. Virginia is currently averaging more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. Statewide test positivity rate is at 11 percent, an increase from 7 percent approximately one month ago. More than 2,000 Virginians are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 statewide, an increase of over 80 percent in the last four weeks.
- The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Two, which incorporates earlier Executive Orders Sixty-Three Sixty-Seven is available here.
- For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
Virginia Passes OSHA Standard for COVID-19
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Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry has announced that the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program has officially published the new regulations today in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, making the Virginia Safety and Health Code Board’s Emergency Temporary Standards effective immediately.
Download the full regulations here.
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- Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership Small Business Grant Program. The Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership is a collaboration of United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and LISC Hampton Roads funded by the City of Virginia Beach. Helping their community navigate and recover from the challenges created by COVID-19 is their top priority. Applications open on November 30th here.
- Hampton Roads COVID Relief Utility Fund. Are you a Hampton Roads resident or small business owner facing past-due utility bills because of COVID-19 issues? Help has arrived. If you have overdue direct water and wastewater utility bill charges occurring March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020, you may be eligible for assistance through the Municipal Utility Relief Program. Click here for information.
- The state of Virginia has announced the launch of Rebuild VA, a grant for qualifying small businesses and non-profits. The program will provide grants up to three times the applicant’s average monthly eligible expenses with a maximum award amount of $10,000. The application will be available starting on August 10, 2020.
- VA 30 Day Fund Offering Forgivable Loans for Virginia Small Businesses. $100,000 in “seed money” intended to help businesses meet payroll, preserve health-care coverage for workers and avoid layoffs while awaiting the federal aid. The fund will provide up to $3,000 to each approved small business. Recipients do not have to repay the money, but if they eventually are in a position to do so, it will be directed to another qualified business.
CITY AND LOCAL GRANTS
Are you a Hampton Roads resident or small business owner facing past-due utility bills because of COVID-19 issues? Help has arrived. If you have overdue direct water and wastewater utility bill charges occurring March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020, you may be eligible for assistance through the Municipal Utility Relief Program. Click here to learn more.
The Williamsburg Economic Development Authority offers a Tourism Industry COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, an initiative that would provide aided funding for restaurant and lodging businesses alike. Nearly $512,500 in funding is available for lodging grants, while restaurants have about $500,00 available to them. $5,000 grants are available for restaurants, while grants ranging from $7,000 to $15,000 are available for lodging depending on the number of rooms. Applications must be received by Nov. 16, 2020. Awards will be approved by Dec. 1.
The City of Chesapeake has authorized additional funds for the Chesapeake Small Business Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery Grant for small, for-profit businesses who have been impacted by the pandemic. The Chesapeake Economic Development Authority (EDA) will administer the GrantProgram.
Similar to round one of funding, this Grant will remain open to Chesapeake Small Businesses; however, the dollar amount tier structure has changed.
Previously, the Grant award amounts were based on the number of employees. The new round of funding eliminates this association, and a business of any size (50 or under) is eligible to receive up to $10,000 based on eligible expenses. Under this change, those who applied for round one of funding may re-apply for round two of funding. The total award amount for round one and two cannot exceed $10,000. Grants will be awarded monthly following a comprehensive review of the completed applications received.
The Chesapeake Economic Development Department remains committed to helping the business community succeed. For questions, please contact the Economic Development Department directly at (757)-382-8040.
Applications for this round closed September 13. Grant funds will be available to small for profit businesses and nonprofits physically located in the City of Norfolk affected by COVID-19. Priority will be given to minority and women owned businesses. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they were operational pre-COVID-19, and that they are suffering negative impacts from COVID-19 closures. Funds are meant to reimburse businesses for the costs of business interruption caused by required closures due to COVID-19.
To better assist applicants, Economic Development is offering individualized application support. Should you need help uploading documents or have clarifying questions, one-on-one assistance is available here.
To ensure the resiliency of local businesses, the City of Newport News and the Economic Development Authority of Newport News, Virginia are pleased to share with local Entrepreneurs two additional programs designed to support eligible Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19.
BACK TO BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAMS: This grant is one-time financial assistance given to eligible for-profit small businesses, excluding franchises and national chains, in amounts not to exceed $5,000. There is a limited amount of funds for this program. The grants will be committed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis based upon availability of funds, program guidelines and submission of a complete application and supporting documentation. Click HERE for more information.
GROW YOUR E-BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM: This grant is one-time financial assistance given to eligible for-profit small businesses, excluding franchises and national chains, in amounts not to exceed $2,500 with website and e-commerce initiatives. There is a limited amount of funds for this program. The grants will be committed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis based upon availability of funds, program guidelines and submission of a complete application and supporting documentation. Click HERE for more information.
From September 10-30, the second round of Suffolk COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund is taking applications. Thanks to the generous support of the Obici Healthcare Foundation, the Suffolk Economic Development Authority (EDA) has announced that approximately $200,000 has been approved to support Suffolk’s entrepreneurial community. This second round has opened up to include candidates who are home-based small businesses as well. Small businesses must meet qualifying criteria in order to submit an application. If you were awarded an EDA Grant in Round 1, you are encouraged to apply again, but priority will be given to those who did not receive relief yet. To see a list of all requirements, refer to the Application, which can be found here. Applications will be accepted until September 30th, 2020 and decisions will be announced shortly after. If you have questions about the Grant program, reach out to Gregory Byrd, Suffolk Economic Development, at 757-514-4042 or SuffolkEDA@suffolkva.us
Isle of Wight, Smithfield, and Windsor
Established the COVID-19 Business Interruption Small Business Grant Program to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 recover and reopen. This grant program is fully funded by Federal CARES Act proceeds. This grant is one-time financial assistance for eligible, for-profit small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) to reimburse the costs of business interruption related to certain sections of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53. Grants are available for an amount up to $2,000 per business. There is a limited amount of funds for this program, and the application period will close when funds are depleted. Grant applications will be processed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis upon submission of a complete application and all supporting documentation.
For more information contact Nicole Talton, Economic Development Coordinator, 757-365-6251 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more details.
Williamsburg, York County, Poquoson
The City of Williamsburg has teamed up with York County and Poquoson to offer local businesses a new $5,000 CDBG Business Grant.The following costs are reimbursable for purchases made after the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency on March 13th:
- Purchase of PPE (protective supplies, tools, equipment or inventory) and/ord cleaning services or supplies
- Property improvements or renovations of commercial location to accommodate social distancing and/or outdoor dining, recreation, services, etc.
- Software/Hardware expenses to accommodate delivery, online payments, online reservations, etc.
- Signage, advertising, marketing expenses, etc. to promote that your business is open and/or operating under modified conditions
- Payments for rent or mortgage during times of required business closure and/or modification
To learn more about this grant program, visit www.yeswilliamsburg.com/cdbggrant. APPLY NOW!
VIRGINIA RETAIL FEDERATION
Virginia – OSHA Standard for COVID-19
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RETAIL CORONAVIRUS BRIEFINGS
Throughout March, April, May and June, we held weekly Reopen 757 Briefings discussing legislative and financial changes and impacts on small business. These are stored on our Retail Alliance YouTube Channel. Click here to access.
Recordings of all Retail Alliance live-streamed events are available to members. Please contact your Member Advisor for access details.
Tuesday, August 18. Masterclass Panel on Marketing. Three expert marketers joined us for a special STRIVE Masterclass Panel on Marketing. Together they answered all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about marketing! Panel members: Mason Murawski of Murawski Photography will be on to answer questions related to photography and video marketing. Learn how to get great photos of your products, the importance of using video to reach your customers, and more! He was be joined by Michele Harrison, Moxie Design, who talked about graphic design and print marketing. She’ll answered such questions like, “I found an image online, can I use it?” and “raster, vector…what does all that mean?” Last but certainly not least, Erica Rice of Erica Rice Digital Consulting rounded out our trio by bringing her expertise in website and digital marketing to the table. She will help you figure out what web platform to go with, how to get more people to visit your website, and so much more!
Tuesday, July 7. Online Metrics and Analytics. Nicole Newsome, Digital Strategist with TechArk Solutions, presented a workshop focusing on website tracking. She demonstrated how to navigate basic Google Analytics for the small business owner. From Bounce Rate to Goals/Conversions, giving tips on how to get the data you need to find digital opportunities online. Three Takeaways: Basic Google Analytics navigation; Top data points to start tracking now by industry; How to set up Goals/Conversions in your Google Analytics dashboard.
Tuesday, June 23. Using Technology to Assist Against COVID-19. Matthew Netardus, of Security 101, presented on the various technologies business and retail owners can use to better protect themselves, customers, and staff from COVID-19. Topics included but were not limited to: Fever Detection, Mobile Credentials, Anti-Microbial Handles, Occupancy Sensors/Analytics, Social Distancing Analytics
Tuesday, June 2. Becoming a Fan Favorite Business. Kaycee McCoy, CEO & Creative Director of Create/Captivate Digital Marketing, is hosting a unique STRIVE Workshop with the goal of showing you how to turn your business into a fan favorite business. Kaycee conducted a social media and communications audit of several Retail Alliance members who are seen as fan-favorite fixtures of Hampton Roads. These members have a large and dedicated following who love to interact with and support them. During COVID-19 they have shown immense leadership and crystal clear communication with their audience. Kaycee shows you exactly what they are doing and why it is working to help them grow and retain their potential customer base.
Thursday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 5 Ways to Pivot Your Marketing During A Crisis. The team from Germono Advertising Company will guide you through five ways you can pivot your marketing during a crisis during this free, educational webinar provided by Retail Alliance.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 9:30-10.45 a.m. Simple Self-Care Practices to Reduce Workday Stress. Life and Business Coach, Rebecca Reimers Cristol, ACC, will present a variety of simple, self-care habits to incorporate into your daily schedule. Reducing stress increases your energy, patience, focus, and therefore productivity. At the end of this webinar, you will have new ideas to manage your stress and a plan of action to hold you accountable for daily self-care.
Tuesday, May 5, 9:30-10.45 a.m. Gloucester Panel: Main Street Survival. Featured a panel of retail and business leaders from Gloucester, discussing the effect COVID-19 has had on their businesses, main street, and the Gloucester community. Panelists were: Jenny Crittenden, Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust; Jennifer Haggerty, Gloucester Main Street Association; Paige Drewry, Kelsick Specialty Market, Terri Crowder, Northern Neck Popcorn.
Thursday, April 30, 9:30-10.30 a.m. Managing Cash Flow Through A Crisis. Between managing debt, acquiring capital, and just paying the daily expenses of operating, making good decisions on what takes priority is hard enough as it is, but during a crisis, it becomes very blurred and difficult to figure out. President of Pixel Financial Group, Misty Leinberger, CPA, MBA shared what you can do to manage cash flow during a crisis.
Tuesday, April 28, 9:30-10:45 a.m. How to Crush Retail Sales by Selling Online Even When Your Doors are Closed (E-Commerce). Presented by AdImpact Marketing. Your new reality: Doors may not open May 1st. Now what? It’s no longer a guarantee that business will be open…maybe anytime soon. Customers will want assurance that it’s safe to come back. There won’t be a snapback. Many retail strategies for upselling, such as in-store classes and events, may not return. You may be forced to pivot or die.
Thursday, April 23, 9:30- 10:45 a.m. Inventory Management During A Crisis. What do retailers do with inventory they currently have when a crisis hits? How do you move inventory when there is an active stay at home order in effect?Mary Landgrebe, Retail Inventory Solutions, answered those questions and more during her webinar presentation.
Tuesday, April 21, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Retailer’s Response: Retail Alliance Board Member Panel. We invited members of Retail Alliance’s Board of Directors to join us for a live-streamed panel discussion. These retail business owners talked about their response to this pandemic. How it has impacted their business, how they have had to adapt their operations, their experiences of getting financial help if needed, and how they see the future months unfolding in retail. But it won’t be all doom and gloom. They also shared their good stories too, in their business and in their community. Panelists: Denise Clarke, Care-A-Lot Pet Supply; Jenny Crittenden, Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust; Philip Scotti, Philip Michael Fashion for Men.
Thursday, April 16, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Retailer’s Response: Retail Alliance Board Member Panel. We invited members of Retail Alliance’s Board of Directors to join us for a live-streamed panel discussion. These retail business owners talked about their response to this pandemic. How it has impacted their business, how they have had to adapt their operations, their experiences of getting financial help if needed, and how they see the future months unfolding in retail. But it won’t be all doom and gloom. They also shared their good stories too, in their business and in their community. Panelists: Pamela Katrancha, Garden Gazebo; Lori Janke, Clothes Mentor/Once Upon a Child, Newport News; Jack Plomgren, Cartridge Man.
Tuesday, April 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Video Marketing. Cheryl Tan, owner of Cheryl Tan Media, presented on the ins and outs of video marketing. With COVID-19 forcing many retailers and small business owners to rethink their marketing strategies, Cheryl is here to help guide you through the world of video marketing. She went over ways to record, edit, upload, and promote compelling videos to help you reach your customers in this period of social distancing.
Thursday, April 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Employment Issues Related to COVID-19. Presented by Willcox & Savage, P.C. This webinar discussed issues relating to layoffs, furloughs, unemployment claims and other topics resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Extended Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) bills recently introduced.
Tuesday, April 7, 8:30-9:45 a.m. Email Marketing. Sonya Schweitzer, The Intentional Marketer, shows you how to use email marketing to reach your customers, improve sales, and increase customer interaction. Attendees will walk away with at least three to-dos they can implement immediately in their business on various trending topics. 1. How to construct your email, 2. A list of ways to collect email addresses, 3. How to set up an account for mass emailing.
Thursday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Emergency Business Planning. Presented by Bernd Haase, The Alternative Board. With the very fast onslaught of the Coronavirus threatening to disrupt business operations through the region, there are three ways you can face the future: panic, do nothing, or plan. As a TAB Business Coach, Bernd’s goal is to guide business owners through these tough times and help navigate the uncertain waters…and the best way to do this is to plan, making the situation under your control as much as possible. What should you, as a business owner or responsible manager – do to prepare YOUR business?
Tuesday, March 31, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Resiliency and Decision-Making in Uncertain Times. Local, award-winning Mind Hack Coach, Lisa Smith gives perspective, guidance, mental shifts, and resources based on her 24 years of working with the neuroscience of optimal performance and the teachings from her own high-level business and mindset coaches. We are all looking for a sense of hope right now, and a way to feel in control of our circumstances—or at least our actions and outcomes. We can’t wait for something or someone to save us. We must become our own heroes. With the teachings, understandings, and inner resources Lisa will share in this session, her intention and commitment are that you will leave with a new sense of optimism and hope for your business, your self, your family and your future, and additional resources to support you along the way.