- Resources for Businesses
- Guidance for Food Establishments: Restrictions on Public Gatherings and Social Distancing
- VDH Interim Guidance: Information for Food Establishments Regarding COVID‐19
- Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 53 that orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible. Food establishments are mandated to offer takeout and delivery service only, or close to the public. This order goes into effect at 11:59PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59PM on Thursday, April 23. The full text of the order can be found here and additional guidance and a Frequently Asked Questions guide can be found here.
- Register on VDEM's Private Sector Portal to be added to the distribution list to receive future correspondence on the Commonwealth's actions: https://bit.ly/VaPrivateSector
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for questions with emergency response questions.
- Fill out the VDEM survey on COVID-19 assessment to determine issues for the Private Sector in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Guidance for Increased Absenteeism/Sick Leave Policies
- Information for Real Estate Professionals Regarding COVID-19
Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission in Virginia
Community mitigation strategies and the guiding principles are based on CDC guidance for Implementation of Community Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.
Guiding Principles for Community Mitigation Strategies Each community is unique, and appropriate mitigation strategies will vary based on the level of community transmission, characteristics of the community and their populations, and the local capacity to implement strategies
- Consider all aspects of a community that might be impacted, including populations most vulnerable to severe illness and those that may be more impacted socially or economically, and select appropriate actions.
- Mitigation strategies can be scaled up or down depending on the evolving local situation.
- When developing mitigation plans, communities should identify ways to ensure the safety and social well-being of groups that may be especially impacted by mitigation strategies, including individuals at increased risk for severe illness.
- The level of activities implemented may vary across different community settings(e.g. schools, universities, workplaces, faith-based settings, etc. They may be at a minimal/moderate level for one setting and at a substantial level for another setting in order to meet community response needs).
- Community Mitigation activities may be implemented at any time regardless of the level of community transmission and/or community impact and/or based on guidance from local and state health officials.
- Depending on the level of community spread and/or community impact, local and state public health departments may need to implement mitigation strategies for public health functions to identify cases and conduct contact tracing. When applied, community mitigation efforts may help facilitate public health activities like contact tracing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a webpage to provide guidance on "How to prepare and take action for COVID-19" in the following community settings