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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:

On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Northam announced Exective Order 55 (EO55), which can be found here. The Executive Order goes into effect immediately and remains until June 10, 2020 unless ammended or rescinded by further executive order.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 hereThe 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:

  1. Recreational and entertainment businesses, like bowling alleys and movie theaters, must close;
  2. Restaurants and other businesses providing food and beverage services, like breweries and wineries, may only offer takeout and delivery services, as long as they are able to comply with social distancing and hygiene requirements; and
  3. Non-essential brick and mortar stores may stay open as long as they restrict their stores to 10 patrons or less, not including staff, and comply with social distancing recommendations.

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 CDCOSHA, 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 relevent information regarding COVID-19.  

Current cases in Virginia: 1020 (updated 3/30/20)

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 Disaster Loan Program
  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers
  • SBA Products and Resources
  • Government Contracting
  • Local Assistance

Economic Injury Loan Disaster Webinars - Future webinars:

Webinar: Applying for SBA Disaster Loans – Economic Injury Disaster
Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 2:00 pm EDT

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:00 am EDT

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 10:00 am EDT

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 2:00 pm EDT

SBA Participating
Registration Required 

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 corpoate 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.

Bath County

Chamber of Commerce

+1 (540) 839-5409

Physical Address

2814 Main Street (Second Floor)

Hot Springs, VA 24445

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 718 Hot Springs, VA 24445


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