The Bath County Chamber is dedicated to supporting our small businesses throughout the County, and it is imperative that we all work together to support each other, provide resources and protect our staff members.
Updates from the Governor:
Phase 3 reopening: Announced June 23, 2020 Phase Three will begin on July 1, 2020. and will continue to include "safer at home," teleworking will still strongly be encouraged, physical distancing will still be in effect for all situations outside home, face coverings will still be required in indoor public places, gatherings may include up to 250 people, the cap on people in a non-essential business will be lifted, there will be no cap on the number of people in restaurants but physical distancing must still be used, entertainment venues may open at 50 percent capacity up to 1,000 people, gyms and fitness centers will be able to open at 75 percent capacity, personal grooming businesses will still need to meet physical distancing requirements, child care facilities may open, overnight summer camps will remain closed and recreational sports will still require physical distancing.
Phase 2 reopening: June 12, 2020. Executive Order Sixty-Five modifies public health guidance in Executive Order Sixty-One and Sixty-Two and establishes guidelines for Phase Two. Under Phase Two, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and requiring individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 50 people. All businesses should still adhere to physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces, and continue enhanced workplace safety measures. Restaurant and beverage establishments may offer indoor dining at 50 percent occupancy, fitness centers may open indoor areas at 30 percent occupancy, and certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions. These venues include museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and outdoor concert, sporting, and performing arts venues. Swimming pools may also expand operations to both indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction.
On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Governer Northam announced mandatory face coverings in all public spaces beginning May 29, 2020.
On Monday, May 4, 2020, Governor Northam announced an extension of Executive Order 53 until May 15, 2020. Phase 1 reopening to begin May 15, 2020.
On Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Governor Northam announced an extension of Executive Order 53 which calls for non-essential businesses to remain closed until May 8, 2020.
On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Northam announced Executive Order 55 (EO55), which can be found here. The Executive Order goes into effect immediately and remains until June 10, 2020 unless amended or rescinded by further executive order. This order mandates that all Virginians stay at home with the exceptions of getting food, medical supplies and fresh air/exercise. Those categories of essential businesses identified in Executive Order 53 can remain in operation as long as they continue to follow the guidelines.
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Northam announced Executive Order 53 (EO53), which can be found here. The Executive Order goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday, March 24 and states that certain non-essential businesses much close or have restricted operations.
Three categories of business are restricted under EO53:
Any professional business not listed above must utilize telework as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including CDC, OSHA, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Additional guidance and a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding EO-53 can be found here.
The latest new releases from Governor Northam's office can be found here.
Updates from Bath County Administration:
Latest local COVID-19 updates can be found here.
Latest State and Federal notices can be found here.
Virginia Department of Health:
The Virginia Department of Health is constantly updating information including numbers and relevant information regarding COVID-19.
Current cases in Virginia: 142,010 (updated 9/22/20)
Hospitalizations: 10,675 (updated 9/22/20)
Deaths: 3,060 (updated 9/22/20)
For more information and resources, please visit the Virginia Department of Health.
SBA Disaster Loan Relief Program:
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.
Please click here for more information on the following:
Economic Injury Loan Disaster Webinars - Past webinar recording.
Slideshow from previous recording.
To apply for a SBA Small Disaster Loan, please click here.
VA Department of Taxation:
1. Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can request to defer payment of state sales tax due on March 20, 2020 for 30 days. When approved, those business will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 without penalty.
2. Individual and corporate income tax filing deadlines remain the same, but the due date for payments will now be June 1, 2020. Interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
More information can be found here.On