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- Coronavirus Updates
Information and Links for Small Businesses being impacted by the Coronavirus
- NEW Grant Available: Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association and DoorDash Restaurant Operator Grant Program. Application period open through March 1, 2021.
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Business District Revolving Loan Fund
- List of Suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cleaning Supplies:
- Open We Stand Initiative
- Reopening Mask Friendly Presentation
- Roanoke County Economic Development’s COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
- Roanoke County Police Department Guidance to Business Owners Regarding Face Coverings
- Roanoke Regional Partnership COVID-19 Business Resources and Business Impact Survey
- May 15 through June 11, 2020: Safer At Home: Phase One Guildelines for All Business Sectors
- June 11 through June 30, 2020: Safer At Home: Phase Two Guidelines for All Business Sectors
- Beginning July 1, 2020: Safer At Home: Phase Three Guidelines for All Business Sectors
Per Governor Northam’s announcement, the Commonwealth will enter Phase 3 of reopening July 1, 2020. Notably, the 50 percent of capacity limit on restaurants and bars will be lifted, though social distancing requirements remain in effect. Gyms, fitness centers and other businesses will see some relaxation in restrictions as well.
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (SBA will resume accepting applications for this program on 1/11/2021.)
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Application Form First Draw
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Application Form Second Draw
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Eligibility and Application Requirements
- Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Roanoke Region
- Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge During Phase 3
- Stay Safe Pledge: Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge knows safety should be part of the experience for visitors, businesses, and local residents in the surrounding VBR region. As we continue to work together to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to join our Virginia’s Blue Ridge Stay Safe Pledge as a commitment to keep each other safe and healthy. The pledge follows recommended guidelines from the CDC and public health officials, and helps us create an environment of safety while we enjoy the businesses and experiences that make Virginia’s Blue Ridge a special place.
- Pledge for Businesses:
- Follow CDC guidance for cleaning & disinfecting
- Wear masks or face coverings
- Wash hands frequently and have hand sanitizer available
- Follow social distancing & capacity guidelines
- Conduct regular health screenings of employees
- Pledge for Guests:
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often
- Follow social distancing guidelines
- Wear masks or face coverings when around others
- Stay home if you feel sick or are showing symptoms
- Avoid direct contact with staff and other guests
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- Virginia Career Works Blue Ridge Region
- Virginia Community Capital (VCC) Bank
- VCC Bank has loan capacity and can assist with small businesses in need of the Paycheck Protection Program (p3). Interested businesses should contact Cindy Green Snider with VCC Bank by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-260-3507.
- Virginia Department of Health, Coronavirus Information
- Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers COVID-19 Resources
- Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Support Virginia Businesses and Employees Resources
Information For Workers
- Virginia Employment Commission, Unemployment Information
- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – expanded time, amounts and those covered...
The unemployment insurance program, administered by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Under normal circumstances, individuals who meet a strict set of employment-related criteria can receive weekly payments over a period of 12 to 26 weeks, but efforts are underway at both the state and federal level to expand eligibility, increase payments, and extend the duration coverage.
As a result, all Virginians who have experienced job or income loss as a result of the Coronavirus crisis are encouraged to file an application for unemployment insurance using the VEC’s online portal, selecting “Lack of Work” as their reason for separation. Please note, recipients will be required to access the portal each week to claim their unemployment insurance payment.
Detailed instructions for individuals applying for unemployment insurance benefits can be found here. An FAQ on unemployment benefits can be found here.
- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – expanded time, amounts and those covered...
List of Closures, Changes, and Cancellations:
- Grocery Stores and other types of Stores, Restaurants, Recreation/Entertainment and other types of Businesses: CALL the business to check hours of operation and/or for possible closures or reductions to services.
- Senior Programs at the Charles R. Hill Community Center: POSTPONED until further notice.
- Small Local Businesses: Support our small local businesses. See which small local businesses are open to serve you on our Support Our Small Local Businesses webpage.
- Vinton Greenways: The Town of Vinton Greenways are open, although appropriate social distancing is required. Please review the Guidelines and Restrictions Document before using our Greenways.
- Vinton History Museum: The Vinton History Museum is currently open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every First Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm.
- Vinton Municipal Building: In our ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Vinton Municipal Building will be Closed to walk-in customers effective January 12, 2021, and until further notice. We encourage customers to conduct business by phone, email or online in order to protect your health and the health of our employees.The Treasurer's office drive-thru window will remain open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday, for financial transactions.In-person appointments can be made with other staff by contacting the appropriate department:Treasurer’s Office: 540-983-0608Planning & Zoning: 540-983-0605Human Resources: 540-983-0604Town Manager & Clerk: 540-983-0607If you have any questions, please call 540-983-0601 or visit www.vintonva.gov for a full list of department contacts.
- You can also make payments anytime online, at the drop box at the the Vinton Municipal Building, or by U.S. Postal Service. Please visit the Modified Town Services webpage for more information on each Department and its services.
- Vinton War Memorial Playground and Adjacent Shelter: The playground and adjacent shelter located at the Vinton War Memorial reopened as of 8 a.m. on May 22, 2020.
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles:
DMV Customer Service Centers are accepting appointments via their website.To minimize customer inconvenience, DMV at the direction of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, is extending the validity of driver’s licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations that expire between March 15 and May 15 for 60 days. This includes individuals aged 75 and older who are typically required to make an in-person visit to renew. Customers whose driver’s license or identification card expires between March 15th and May 15th will have an additional 60 days to renew their credential. However, those Virginians eligible to renew online or by mail are encouraged to take advantage of those services. Vehicle registrations that expire in March and April should be renewed online or by mail. Replacement titles can be obtained online and original title transactions can be conducted by mail. If in-person service is needed, these customers will have an additional 60 days to renew credentials without a late fee. During the office closures, DMV will continue to process the transactions that come in through mail and the website, dmvNOW.com.
Declaration of Local Emergency on March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Updates from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
Visit the Virginia Department of Health for the latest news about coronavirus in our state. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website is hosting up-to-date information about the status of coronavirus in the state of Virginia. Read on...
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Stop the Spread of Germs PDF
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