A Message from the Virginia Chamber

Currently, our country and our commonwealth face two crises at once: a health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic crisis due to the shutdown of business in response to the pandemic. Ideally, we would end the economic crisis by ending the health crisis. However, we know that the necessary steps to end the health crisis will take time – developing, approving, and distributing a vaccine could take over a year. We know that it is unfeasible to keep the economy shut down as we wait on this process.

In order to move forward to face this challenge, our government and business leaders must work together to reduce the obstacles to reopen, while protecting workers, customers, and businesses. A key to being successful is providing Virginians with confidence in their safety at work, and in public places through specific and consistent guidance. 

To that end, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce has launched this “Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work” initiative to provide recommendations on operating in the current economic climate and how to return stronger than before. 

Through this effort, it is clear – business owners are prepared to open, and keep the health and safety of Virginians as their top priority. 

Best regards, 

Barry DuVal
President & CEO

Note: The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is currently working to develop Emergency Temporary Standard/Emergency Regulation to address the SARS‐CoV‐2 Virus and COVID‐19 Disease hazards for all employees and employers under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program, 16 VAC 25‐220. We encourage you to visit their page for more information.