We will be cultivating resources in response to the pandemic on this dedicated page. Please check in regularly as we continue to update content on this site.
Governor Northam’s Executive Orders: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/
Department of Homeland Security - Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19
Small Business Administration - Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Virginia Unemployment Benefits: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed
Virginia Tax Updates: https://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates
Virginia Maritime Association: https://www.vamaritime.com/CombatCOVID19
InchcapeShipping/John Hopkins Interactive coverage map: https://www.iss-shipping.com/pages/coronavirus-port-country-implications
Associated General Contractors: https://agcva.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
Marsh & McLennan COVID-19 Resources: https://mma.marshmma.com/coronavirus-outbreak-resource-page
DoD Memorandum on Face Coverings: https://media.defense.gov/2020/Apr/05/2002275059/-1/-1/1/DOD-GUIDANCE-ON-THE-USE-OF-CLOTH-FACE-COVERINGS.PDF
Resources form VA Sen. Mark Warner: https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=a-message-from-senator-mark-r-warner-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak
Virginia Ship Repair Assoc: https://www.virginiashiprepair.org/Alert/25
Absentee Voting in Virginia in 2020
Governor Northam of Virginia (VA) has extended the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order through June 10th, which is after the June 9th primary election date, and after many communities have elections in May. Because of this, anyone in VA who wishes may apply to vote via mail-in absentee ballot.
To apply for a mail-in absentee ballot in VA, you will need to be a registered voter in VA, and you will need your social security number and your driver’s license number. Go to https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation and fill out the forms following the instructions. Fill out your info on page 1, on page 2 select “I want to apply for absentee voting”, select the appropriate options on page 3 and 4, on page 5 select the first option “I have a reason or condition that prevents me from going to the polls on Election Day”, on page 6 select the appropriate election (just one) and select “My disability or illness”, then fill out the rest of the pages as directed.
If you wish to apply for more than one election, repeat the process and select the other election(s).
Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Details
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors—are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.
Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at www.sba.gov.
Link to the Application form: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Borrower%20Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Application.pdf
You can find a complete list of SBA 7(a) lenders on the Small Business Administration website here:
If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20Borrower%20Information%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
The application for borrowers can be found here: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Borrower%20Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Application.pdf