Business and Workplaces

See Phase 1 – Safer at Home

You can view business FAQS about Phase 1 here

You can view the Phase 1 slides presented by the Governor here: Forward Virginia – May 8 Update

You can view Safer at Home: Phase One Guidelines for all Business Sectors here

Essential retail businesses may remain open during their normal business hours. Such businesses are:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
  • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
  • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
  • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
  • Pet and feed stores;
  • Printing and office supply stores; and
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

Questions about essential services can be directed to commerce.trade@governor.virginia.gov

See Phase 1 – Safer at Home

You can view the Phase 1 slides presented by the Governor here: Forward Virginia – May 8 Update

On May 26, 2020, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 63 which further amends Executive Order 61. This order requires all employees of essential retail businesses to wear face coverings when working in customer facing areas. The order also requires all patrons aged 10 and over to cover their nose and mouth while inside brick and mortar retail business. This order provides exceptions for persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering. The restrictions in Executive Order 63 begin at 12:00 AM, Friday, May 29, 2020 and shall remain in force until amended or rescinded. 

On May 8, 2020, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 61. This order allows non-essential brick and mortar retail businesses to reopen with restrictions. The restrictions in Executive Order 61 run from 12:00 AM, Friday, May 15 until at least through Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at midnight, unless the governor amends the Executive Order. This order further amends Executive Order 55. If you run you run a brick and mortar retail business, or a small business that does fall into these guidelines, you must:

  • Limit occupancy to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Ensure employees in customer facing areas are wearing face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Adhere to social distancing recommendations
  • Enhance sanitizing practices on common surfaces
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home by ensuring that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance

It is very important that people with even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of smell or taste) stay home to prevent spreading illness to others! Even those with mild illness could pass the infection to others.

Businesses should also perform routine cleaning for all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. All employers can visit CDC guidance to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.

FAQ for Stay at Home Order

Refer to Phase 1 – Safer at Home

You can view the Phase 1 slides presented by the Governor here: Forward Virginia – May 8 Update

For additional information, please see:

VDH Guidance for Food Establishments Regarding COVID-19

It is very important that people with even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat) stay home to prevent spreading illness to others! Even those with mild illness could pass the infection to others.

VDH has interim guidance for food establishments and restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing. There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread through food or food shipped from affected regions.

CDC recommends in their Guidance for Business Response that employers should not require either a COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note for employees to return to work. Healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely manner.

CDC recommends in their Guidance for Business Response that employers should not require a positive COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or to return to work. Healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely manner.

You can speak with your supervisor or human resources department about your concerns and related workplace policies. You can also read more about VDH’s recommendations for travelers and information available for International Travelers or Travelers.

Not at this time.  Feel free to check the VDH website, which is updated daily, or call 877-ASK-VDH3 if you have additional questions.

We have posted available print resources and highlights on the VDH website.

Physicians and medical facilities are required to report any unusual occurrence of diseases of public health concern, including COVID-19, to their local health department.  Employers other than physicians and medical facilities are not required to report.

Please email Lauren Cunningham at lauren.cunningham@governor.virginia.gov to request a presentation.

 

Page last reviewed: May 28, 2020