We know there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding Phase I of the state’s reopening plan, so we’d like to provide information to help you make informed decisions in support of our business community.
Our role is not to debate whether or not these guidelines are necessary; the fact is, we all live under this reality right now, and our organization wants to do everything possible to help small and locally owned businesses weather this storm. That includes bringing you, our community members, up-to-date information throughout this process.
Virginia Reopening Updates & What This Means for Small Businesses
New loosening of restrictions:
- Non-essential retail can now operate at 50% capacity (previous limit was no more than 10 customers)
- Restaurants may now offer onsite dining with outdoor seating only, at 50% capacity, in addition to continuing to offer pick-up and delivery options
- Personal grooming locations (salons, parlors, etc.) may now open on an appointment-only basis (one patron per service provider)
Some restrictions still in place:
- Ban on gatherings (i.e. events) of more than 10 people still in effect
- Maintains social distancing guidelines (6 feet); encourages continued teleworking; continued mask usage; continued sanitizing, cleaning, and safety measures
These changes are slated to take effect on Friday, May 15th and estimated to last 2-4 weeks before moving to Phase II if the state meets certain health benchmarks.
If you are a business or worker affected by COVID-related disaster such as decreased revenue, shut-downs, or lay-offs, click here for resources. You can also visit MadeWythePride.org for county-wide resource information.
You can support local businesses from home! See below for a list of downtown businesses that offer gift certificates (which can be purchased now and used later), online shopping, and other special services such as delivery and curbside pickup. Note that this list will be updated frequently.