Visit VBR has also developed a page with information, ideas, and resources about how locals and future visitors can support our local businesses during this difficult time.
Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge is tracking the way local businesses and services are being impacted by COVID-19 to help show the need for support for our local industries. Please fill out this survey to let us know how your business has been impacted. Complete the Survey >
Virginia's Blue Ridge is home to many organizations that are dedicated to serving the local and regional business community on a regular basis, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
With the number of people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine continuing to increase in Virginia, the Governor of Virginia announced an amended Executive Order Number Seventy-Two in a series of actions that will gradually ease public health restrictions and increase capacity limits for indoor & outdoor gatherings & some entertainment venues, while continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The measures include the following:
Phase Three - effective July 1, 2020
We've also created a special Forward Virginia - Phase Three Guidelines page on our website to inform the general public about this step in the Forward Virginia plan as set forth by the Governor of Virginia. It provides resources and information about ways people can continue to support local businesses in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Phase Three Guidelines Page >
Effective May 29, 2020 and pursuant to Governor Northam's Executive Order 63, all patrons aged 10 and over shall wear face coverings over their mouth and nose when entering, exiting, traveling through, or spending time inside buildings. As part of the Governor's enhanced measures effective November 16, 2020, the mask mandate now includes all patrons aged 5 and over being required to wear masks or face coverings in any indoor public space.
Individuals who have trouble breathing or have medical conditions that prohibit wearing a mask or face covering will not be required to do so. These individuals will not be required to prove or explain medical conditions.
Additional Details: Executive Order 63 from the Office of the Governor > | Amended Executive Order 63 >
Resource: Mask Friendly Posters >
We encourage all businesses and individuals to commit to the Virginia's Blue Ridge Stay Safe Pledge as a way to work together to ensure the health and safety of our community.
The pledge follows recommended guidelines from the CDC and public health experts on the best ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help Virginia's Blue Ridge stay safe as a region for local residents, businesses, and visitors.
We're encouraging all local businesses and partners to join this initiative by taking the pledge. Complete our short form to let us know you're participating! Stay Safe Pledge Business Form >
Learn more about the VBR Stay Safe Pledge >
There are also many resources from trade organizations and agencies related to best practices and guidelines for various hospitality and travel industries as they move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help you get an idea of the funding and financial support that may be available to you, please consider the following business resources below. Keep in mind that many of these entities may be experiencing a high volume of inquiries at this time:
Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge is committed to supporting our local hospitality industry, which is a vital part of the region's economy and generates thousands of jobs. As the Coronavirus affects travel and business decisions, the team at Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge will continue to coordinate with our partners to assess how business is changing and how we can work to develop resources that help minimize the impact on our economy. If you have updates that you can provide to us regarding your business, please reach out to the following staff contacts: