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Your Chamber is hard at work gathering resources to help you during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Below you will find opportunities to network, educate, and stay in touch with the latest business-related news alerts. We will continue to add and update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back often. 

Virginia's COVID-19 Response

BUSINESS ALERT - September 21 - Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19. Governor Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund launched in August, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. Businesses that received funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and supply chain partners of businesses whose normal operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to receive grants of up to $10,000. Businesses that have received federal funds must certify that they will only use the Rebuild VA grant for recurring expenses and that the grant will not be used to cover the same expenses as the other CARES Act funds. Read the full release.

August 26 – The Virginia Department of Labor last month adopted first in the nation workplace safety standards in response to the spread of COVID-19. Many of the training requirements in that regulation become enforceable today, August 26. DOLI has posted on its site training materials and also offers on-site consulting to assist with compliance. Training materials can be found here: https://www.doli.virginia.gov/covid-19-outreach-education-and-training/ . More about DOLI’s On-site Consultation Services can be found here: https://www.doli.virginia.gov/vosh-programs/consultation/

August 4Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google. The new contact tracing app provides another tool to help collect COVID infection information while designed to protect personal data by not collecting any. This is a big step in helping our economy recover by developing greater understand of the virus.

Here’s the press release from the Governor.

The website for the app can be found here.

July 15 – Yesterday, Gov. Northam pledged stronger state enforcement of current Phase 3 restrictions, focused on the Hampton Roads region which is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Gov. Northam said some businesses and individuals are “flouting” the rules, particularly the requirement to wear a face covering in person. The rise in cases is attributed to congregating in bars and house parties, according to the Governor. He said the stepped up enforcement will be regional, and asked for all businesses to continue to help in enforcing the mask requirement on customers by refusing service to customers not wearing a mask – no shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service.

June 23 – Gov. Ralph Northam announced today (June 23) that all of Virginia will enter Phase 3 of his Forward Virginia reopening plan next Wednesday, July 1. The main changes are listed below and sector-specific guidelines can be found here:

  • Social distancing and facial coverings are still required
  • Social gatherings of up to 250 people
  • No occupancy cap on indoor restaurant seating and for non-essential retail
  • Gyms and fitness centers up to 75% of capacity
  • All entertainment venues open with up to 50% capacity
  • Teleworking still strongly encouraged
  • Personal grooming open for walk-ins

June 2 - Gov. Northam released the guidelines for Phase 2 of the Forward Virginia plan to reopen the economy and said most of Virginia will enter Phase 2 on June 5. You can see the full details in Executive Order 65, the sector-specific guidelines, and some highlights below. Unfortunately, Northern Virginia’s data (and that of Richmond) continues to lag the rest of the Commonwealth, so we will remain in Phase 1 for at least another week. Fairfax County Board Chairman Jeff McKay, in a response to the Chamber’s request, said he is open to entering Phase 2 (Chamber-McKay response.pdf) as soon as the data supports it; Northern Virginia cannot be perpetually behind our neighbors.

Highlights of Phase 2 include:

  • Restaurants can have indoor dining at 50% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers can open at 30% capacity (or 50 people)
  • Personal care and grooming can open at 50% capacity
  • Gatherings of less than 50 people allowed (up from 10 in Phase 1)
  • Farmers Markets can open
  • Continued teleworking encouraged
  • Enhanced cleaning, social distancing, and other safety precautions remain in place

May 27th - On May 27, Gov. Northam formally announced that Northern Virginia will enter Phase 1 of his Forward Virginia plan on Friday, May 29. This puts us on equal footing with the rest of the state which entered Phase 1 on May 15. Northern Virginia leaders have also told the Governor they would support entering Phase 2 on an expedited basis (as request by the Chamber) as long as the health data supports it.

Yesterday, Gov. Northam signed Executive Order 63 which requires everyone over 10 years old to wear a facemask when inside most public spaces, with some exceptions. Beginning on Friday (May 29), as Northern Virginia enters Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, all patrons of brick and mortar retail, food and beverage establishments, personal care and grooming businesses, entertainment or recreation businesses, and any other indoor space where people congregate will be required to wear a facial covering. Exceptions to the new rule include children under 10, when eating and drinking, exercising, or when a person has a medical condition that would prohibit wearing a covering. All employees of essential retail business are also now required to wear facial coverings when working in customer-facing areas. See the link above for a complete list of places where masks are required and exclusions. The Chamber is seeking some clarity on enforcement of the new rule, which the Governor delegated to the Virginia Department of Health.

May 13th – Yesterday, Gov. Ralph Northam extended the current regime of business closure and restrictions for Northern Virginia to May 29. Other regions of Virginia will enter into Phase 1 of Gov. Northam’s Forward Virginia reopening plan on Friday (May 15). Today’s action follows the Northern Virginia elected leaders and health directors notifying Gov. Northam that the region had not yet met the criteria for entering Phase 1. More details about that criteria, and yesterday’s Executive Order, can be found at the links below.

Northern Virginia Chamber members have continued to do everything in their power to remain open, retain employees, and continue to serve customers and clients during this crisis. Health officials in Northern Virginia have determined that their localities do not meet the public health criteria established by the White House and Gov. Northam, particularly the requirement that new positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining over a 14-day period. While we need to begin the slow, safe and staggered reopening of our economy, we cannot risk reopening only to return to the current status quo because an outbreak occurs. We will be working closely with Northern Virginia elected officials and Gov. Northam over the coming days to ensure we are ready and able to open as soon as the health data shows it is safe to do so.

March 30th:  Gov. Northam ordered a “stay at home” order for all Virginians. This essentially turns the Administration’s suggestion to stay home into a requirement. The order cancels all higher education in-person instruction and closes beaches to any activity other than exercise or fishing. Recent news focused on one higher education institution ordering students to return and a number of visitors to Virginia’s beaches over the weekend.

March 19th & 23rd: The Chamber sent letters on behalf of our larger membership as well as our hospitality and service industry members. Below are resources we think are very valuable to our members hosted by outside organizations. If you would like to see something included here or have questions about the material, please contact Vice President of Government Relations Clayton Medford.

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity here.
At Gov. Northam’s direction, the Virginia Department of Taxation extended the due date of payment of individual and corporate income taxes to June 1, 2020 (filing date remains the same). Virginia Department of Taxation resources.
Virginia's Department of Health COVID-19 resources.
Arlington's COVID-19 resources available here.
Alexandria's COVID-19 resources.

Fairfax County's Economic Development Authority's resources.

FCEDA survey

Fairfax County's COVID-19 resources available here.
A list of community-based Northern Virginia organizations that need donations click here.
A guide to support your mental and physical health during COVID-19 is available here.
Loudoun's COVID-19 resources.
Prince William's COVID-19 resources available here.

Rossyln's COVID-19 resources.

List of Rosslyn restaurants still operating

#RosslynRewards program

Federal COVID-19 Response

View the Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19's resources.
Federal Guidance on “Essential” Workforce resources.

All of the U.S. is a qualifying area for SBA economic injury disaster loans. Does your business qualify? View more information here.

EIDL Fact sheet.

Download the SBA's Disaster Loan Relief Assistance presentation.

Through April 13, 2020, the SBA has guaranteed 1,035,086 loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information on loan activity, click here

Frequently Asked Questions – Updated 4/26

Visit the main COVID-19 site.

Dislocated Worker Grants Summary Memo 

DWG Emergency Funding Request

Find Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Private Section Regional Coordinator representatives on this map which provides an overview of and contact information for the respective private sector coordinators by state/region.

FEMA has established a website

U.S. Senate's Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee’s CARES Act Guide

View the U.S. Chamber's Legislative Analysis of COVID-19 Stimulus Package here. The following are their most recent guides to the aid and programs being made available to assist businesses during the ongoing pandemic, including their 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

Please see below for information on the U.S. Chamber’s recently released Reopening Business Digital Resources Center.  This online resource provides you and your members with the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools as we look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed.  Click here to access the resource center.


USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic (HERE)

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Rhode Island (HERE)

Secretary Brouillette Applauds Historic Deal (HERE)

U.S. Department of Treasury

Link to CARES Act page.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQ's from the U.S. Department of Treasury

Treasury, IRS Announce Significant Enhancements and Updates to Get My Payment App (Here) The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS today announced significant enhancements to the “Get My Payment” app to deliver an improved experience for Americans eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments.

Treasury Implementing CARES Act Programs for Aviation and National Security Industries (Here)

The Interim Final Rule announcing Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loans for the Paycheck Protection Program. This information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register.  The official version will appear in the Federal Register. 

The U.S. Department of Treasury released an FAQ document to address common inquiries and requests for information pertaining to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

In addition to the FAQ document, please review the following resources provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury below and visit their webpage for additional information.

For more information and updates, visit Treasury.gov/CARES and SBA.gov/PayCheckProtection.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) available here.

Fact Sheet for Employees.

Fact Sheet for Employers.

Questions and Answers here. 

President Trump announced updated guidelines to continue slowing the spread of Coronavirus in America. This 30-day window will be crucial: If every American does his or her part, the latest model suggests we could save 1 million or more U.S. lives. Please click here for more information: 30 Days to Slow the Spread (Español) 

If you are a healthcare worker and would like to volunteer to assist in New York City, please find more information here.

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing – 4/13 (VIDEO)
  • Presidential Message on Easter (HERE)
  • President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Wyoming
  • Memorandum on Visa Sanctions (HERE)
  • Memorandum on Authorizing the Exercise of Authority under Public Law 85-804 (HERE)
  • Memorandum on Providing COVID-19 Assistance to the Italian Republic (HERE)
  • First Lady Melania Trump’s Message for Children (VIDEO)
  • Daily 1600 – We Are Beating This Virus. Keep Up the Fight! (HERE)

Other Resources

This focuses on the performance of FAR and non-FAR authorities in the response to date:

COVID-19 Response -- Contracting with Speed


St. Louis Federal Reserve’s Research COVID-19 Page

Mastercard Commits $250 Million To Support Small Business’ Financial Security. View it here

Business Continuity Webinars

In light of Coronavirus interruptions, we are providing Business Continuity webinars designed to help us all keep our NOVA community growing.
Each Business Continuity webinar will offer practical suggestions to protect your business from virus-related impact and loss. Join us to hear issues surrounding business and supply chain interruption, workers compensation considerations, setting up and maintaining a remote workforce, general liability, international and domestic travel, employee health considerations, and contingency plans. Our goal is to share the knowledge that employers will need to maintain business in our current environment-and beyond.

Your Chamber's advocacy efforts to date have included facilitating calls with our elected representatives at the local, state and federal level. Please look at the events below for information on upcoming opportunities to interface with your elected leaders and to view or hear recordings of past calls.

We partnered with USI, this webinar was recorded on March 13th

Listen to the seminar here

Please note there is a large silent gap at the beginning, fast forward to 14 minutes and 16 seconds for the beginning of the program.

We partnered with Helios HR, this webinar was recorded onMarch 19th

Listen to the seminar here.
Download handouts here.

We partnered with the Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Community, this webinar was recorded on March 23rd

Listen to the seminar here.
Download the handouts here.

This webinar was recorded on Mar 23rd

Listen to the webinar here

We Partnered with the The KeePressingOn Project

This webinar was recorded on March 26th

Listen to the webinar here.

Please note that the recording starts at 7 1/2 minutes in. 

March 26th |  9:30AM

Listen to the call here

March 30th | 11AM

Listen to the recording here

Learn How the CARES Act Impacts Your Business

This event originally ran on April 1st, 3-4PM.

Listen to the recording here

The Effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Washington Region’s Economy​

This event originally ran on April 2nd, 10AM.

Listen to the recording here

COVID-19 Chamber call with Attorney General Mark Herring​

This event originally ran on April 2nd, 1-1:30PM.

Listen to the recording here

VACCE Execs - CARES Act Update from US Chamber, hosted by the U.S. Chamber/
Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

This event originally ran on April 7th, 4PM.

Recording coming soon. 

Fine-Tuning the ‘New Normal’ for Your Workforce, speaker: Valerie Grubb

Presented by: Employment Enterprises, this counts for a free 1-hour credit for SHRM and HRCI

This originally aired on April 14th

Listen to the recording here.

Business Resources and Contract Opportunities in the Era of COVID-10

Presented by: Fairfax Economic Development Authority

This event originally ran on April 15th,  10AM

Listen to the recording here

Beyond COVID-19: NOVA Business Resiliency Webinars

Presented by: NOVA Economic Development Authority

In light of the current global pandemic, the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA) is taking action. We are proud to announce the launch of a three-part, 12 session webinar series: “Beyond COVID-19: NOVA Business Resiliency Webinars.” They will run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursdays from April 23 to July 12.  

General Assembly Review and Look Ahead with Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, Majority Leader Dick Saslaw

This event originally ran on May 21st, 1-2PM

Listen to the recording here

What to do Next: Key Factors in Navigating the Best Path Forward for Your Business

Recording coming soon.

Working In the New Normal: Returning to Work After COVID-19

This event originally ran on June 18th.

Listen to the recording here.

Policy Lunch with Former Governor Terry McAuliffe

This event originally ran on June 10th.

Listen to the recording here.

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The View Beyond Covid-19: The New Normal--Getting Back to Work Safely

This event originally ran on July 23rd.

Listen to the recording here.

Password: NOVA7/23


Stay connected with your fellow Chamber members

In the spirit of staying connected while promoting businesses within the Northern Virginia community, the Chamber will host three virtual networking events each month: Wake Up with the Chamber on a Tuesday, Virtual Happy Hours on a Thursday, and Lunch With the CEO on a Friday. Please register early as we've found these events sell out quickly.
May 14th | 4:30-5:30PM | Register here
Join Bob Vanlancker for a half hour mixology demo featuring Founding Farmer signature cocktails, followed by a few beverages anyone could make at home using common spirits, and ending with details on how they converted their distillery into front line hand sanitizer production.

Member-created covid-19 resource pages

Some of our members have created information-rich COVID-19 resources pages that cover business-related topics such as taxes and legal concerns. We will continue to list these pages as they're sent in to us.

Aronson LLC

The team at Aronson LLC is quickly developing resources in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak to help you manage your business through these unprecedented times. We’re actively monitoring legislative changes and sharing updates critical to you and your business. Visit the page here.

Center for Innovative Technology

CIT has responded to the COVID-19 epidemic by focusing on helping Virginia start-up companies navigate numerous financial aid resources. We have researched and vetted relevant programs and posted a COVID-19 resource guide. We continue to update this guide almost daily. Visit the page here.


We know that by working together we can help minimize the impact of this crisis, and we must all do our part to look out for those whose health, safety, and economic welfare are most at risk. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Visit the page here.

Cooley LLP

Our guidance for businesses on the legal, regulatory and commercial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the rapidly changing environment, we will update this page frequently. Visit the page here.

Evans Consulting

Evans Consulting has created three teleworking guides for our clients, partners and employees. There are three versions: Best Practices, for Managers, and for Employees. Visit the page here.


We hope this page provides a useful resource for employers to learn how COVID-19 is affecting various aspects of employment law, and how different jurisdictions are addressing the outbreak. Because the COVID-19 situation is dynamic, with new governmental measures each day, employers should consult with counsel for the latest developments and updated guidance on this topic. Visit the page here.

Marymount University

Marymount University professors and staff are available to offer insights into how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting areas of public health, nursing, politics, psychology, learning from home and other topics.  Visit the page here.

Matthews, Carter & Boyce

At MCB, we have been working with our clients and members of the community to help many of you navigate the changing tax filing and payment deadlines, and we have been sharing information on programs that provide support and relief for businesses and employers. We are committed to offering guidance and will continue to share resources and updates that may impact you and your business during this time. Visit the page here.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury’s experienced professionals are closely monitoring this global threat, combining capabilities in crisis management, insurance law, cybersecurity, employment law, supply chain, and other areas to provide critical guidance to clients in an urgent and quickly evolving situation. Visit the page here.

Additional information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

Williams Mullen

In order to provide guidance to clients in this difficult time, Williams Mullen attorneys have been monitoring daily the new laws and regulations relating to Federal, State and Local government responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the page here.