Reopening Rockbridge & COVID-19 Resource Hub

UPDATED – Shenandoah Valley Guide to Re-Opening Businesses

The “Work Hard. Work Smart. Work Safe” Shenandoah Valley Guide to Re-Opening Businesses is a thoughtful collaborative effort designed to provide specific measures for businesses across multiple categories to safely reopen during these dynamic times. It will be updated as needed. We are thankful to our partners, and know that we are all #StrongerTogether! View the guide here.

VA Chamber Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back To Work

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce released its Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work plan – a business-led effort to quickly provide guidance on how to get the Virginia economy moving again.

The Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work provides guidance for businesses and policymakers as the Commonwealth moves beyond the term ‘essential business’ to fully reopen the economy. Intentionally named to complement the Chamber’s long-term business plan for Virginia – Blueprint Virginia 2025 – the Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work provides a path forward that helps businesses with their immediate needs.

The final plan, along with a host of other important resources for businesses, are available on the Chamber’s newly launched website www.GetVaBackToWork.com.

Community Business & Customer Survey

The Chamber of Commerce Serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, would like to help our business owners best serve our community as we enter into a recovery phase. Your feedback will help businesses know what is most important to you as they reopen and transition into Phase II. All questions are optional and this survey is anonymous. We appreciate your participation. Take the survey here.

Government Resources

CDC: Start with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the go to source for everything coronavirus/COVID 19.

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

The law provides increased flexibility to those business who borrowed under the PPP loans program.

  • The PPP Flexibility Act amends the Paycheck Protection Program to give borrowers more time to spend loan funds and still obtain forgiveness.
  • Borrowers now have 24 weeks to spend loan proceeds, up from 8 weeks.
  • The Act also reduces mandatory payroll spending from 75% to 60%.
  • Two new exceptions let borrowers obtain full forgiveness even without fully restoring their workforce.
  • Time to pay off the loan has been extended to five years from the original two.
  • The Act now lets businesses delay paying payroll taxes even if they took a PPP loan.

The June 30, 2020 application deadline for a PPP loan remains in effect and was not changed under the new law.

View the bill in entirety here.

County of Rockbridge Office of Community Development

Rockbridge County’s Department of Economic Development is working overtime to support our businesses. Visit their COVID 19 Resource Page for information and resources.

If you are a small business owner located in Rockbridge County and need assistance, please contact Brandy Flint at 540-464-9662 or via email.

City of Lexington Government:  The City of Lexington has added a page to their website to share updates and pertinent information.

City of Buena Vista Government:  The City of Buena Vista has added a page to their website to share updates and pertinent information.

Other great resources include:

Community Partners

Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany

CFRBA CARES COVID 19 Fund: The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany has been tasked by the City of Lexington to administer the distribution of grants to not for profit agencies adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for the grants comes to the City from the federal government via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in March.

CFRBA and the City of Lexington recognize the vital importance of our local not for profit agencies to the community and recognize the urgency of response to the negative impact caused by the pandemic. Funds are limited and the CARES Act imposes certain restrictions on the use of the money as grants to agencies. 

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS FUNDING, YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF IMPACT DUE TO THE AFFECT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON YOUR AGENCY.  There may be a cap on the amount you receive based on the number of applicants for this funding, the size of your not for profit, your immediate needs, how you serve the community in ways that meet the needs of those that have been impacted by COVID-19 and how many citizens are served by your mission.

To make sure that grants are distributed quickly while maintaining proper oversight of applications, CFRBA intends to disburse money after all qualifying applications are reviewed. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MIDNIGHT AUGUST 14, 2020.  We will keep this information confidential. However, we will be providing your agency name, purpose of funding and amount funded to the City of Lexington for transparency regarding the funding we provide on their behalf .

Download the application here. Please contact CFRBA directly if you have any questions. 

Lori Turner
Executive Director
PO Box 20
7 East Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450

Virginia Small Business Development Center: Tom Tanner with the
Roanoke Valley SBDC presented amini-workshop where you can get
down and dirty with the forgiveness calculations needed for your PPP.
The workshop gives a solid understanding of how to calculate
forgiveness, and walk away with a spreadsheet that will make filling out
the forgiveness worksheets a breeze.

Link to PPP Loan Forgiveness Slide Presentation
Click here for PPP Forgiveness Worksheet

Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center:  Your best resource for information on accessing and obtaining Federal loans, grants and assistance, including expert business counseling. Check out their COVID 19 page here and main web site here.

Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism: In addition to up-to-date information on local attractions, events, and travel advisories, our tourism bureau and partners have created the SOAR (Supporting Outdoor Activities in Rockbridge) Facebook page.

Main Street Lexington: Visit their landing page for ways to help support our local economy, and consider purchasing a #LIFTLEX gift card packet!

Rockbridge Resouces

Maury Express Service Update

The Maury Express transportation system will return to operation on June 10th, 2020, operating on a schedule that runs 8 am to 6pm Monday through Thursday. Per VDRPT guidelines, we can only transport three passengers at a time. Per executive order 63 (2020) of the commonwealth of Virginia. All patrons of public transportation shall be required to wear a face covering to use the services. This order will be in place for radar services effective 5/29/2020 at 0500 hours. Changes will be made to this order per the commonwealth of Virginia. If you have an underlying medical condition which prevents you from wearing a mask, please advise your operator of this and/or dispatcher when scheduling your trips so that it may be noted. You will not be denied service if you are (medically) unable to wear a mask.

For the safety of our operators and passengers, the operators will continue disinfecting and sanitizing the vehicles during their morning vehicle inspection, as well as spot cleaning throughout the day as time permits. We ask that passengers continue to help practice social distancing by spacing out on the vehicle.

Any changes to service level will be distributed by normal means (Facebook, tv, radio, etc.). We will continue to closely monitor the ongoing developments and safety information related to the coronavirus (covid-19).

For more information, please contact Joseph Baker, Director of Regional Transit, RADAR at (800) 964-5707 Ext. 125 or visit RADAR’s website – www.radartransit.org.

Rockbridge Hunger Coalition:  The Rockbridge Area Relief Association is working with partner organizations and volunteers in our area to meet the food and nutrition needs of citizens.  Visit their website for updates. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is also seeking monetary donations to purchase food for future needs during this time.  An updated list of food distribution, meal delivery and grocery services can be found here.

Rockbridge Area Health Center: Rockbridge Area Health Center has Emergency Preparedness Plans and Processes in place to activate when the need arises. Visit their website for some Quick Facts which may be helpful during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Is there something that you think would be beneficial to add to this page? Please reach out to a Chamber staff member to let us know.

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