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VRF proactively represents and supports the legislative interests of Virginia retailers on the local, state, and federal levels. 

SURVEY: Virginia Face Covering Mandates

We’d like to hear from you on how this mandate will impact your business.
Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey with your feedback on this mandate. 

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PHASE ONE: REOPENING VIRGINIA

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We need you to raise your voice in support of the restaurants, hotels, shops, and entertainment that you love by helping us to advocate for Retail Relief 2020. Right now, to make our community safer, these retailers have agreed to close their businesses. We need to all work together to make sure they can reopen them when this crisis is over. 

 


CONTACT VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Contact the Governor immediately and demand that action is taken NOW to help save Retail in Virginia.

We need relief from state tax payments for a minimum of 6 months, expand the VEC to align with the Federal Stimulus program relating to a new Employment Compensation stimulus, unemployment rates for business remain at the level they were prior to COVID-19, a delay in remitting sales tax payments to the limit of the law, pause on all the burdensome legislation that was passed in the 2020 Session.

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CONTACT SENATORS

We need everyone to contact their senators now! Tell them to put aside their differences and pass a bill that defends the economic health of the retail workforce and provides the maximum amount of liquidity for retailers to remain viable until the end of the crisis. 

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Clarity Regarding Enforcement of Executive Order 63

May 28, 2020

Governor Northam Offers Clarity Regarding Enforcement of Executive Order 63

During the Governor’s press conference today, he addressed the many concerns swirling around enforcement of his face covering mandate in all public places scheduled to take effect beginning tomorrow, May 29th.  

The Governor and his general counselor stated that businesses and their employees are not to be the enforcers or put themselves in a harmful position. The Governor encouraged businesses to clearly post his mandate at the entrance for customers and that they do mandate employees to wear masks.

The guidelines and signage for businesses to print and post at the entrance to their business will be added to the Forward Virginia website and will be available in both English and Spanish. 
  

 


 

 

 

 

Virginia Retail by the Numbers

 

1,057,777
Jobs Supported by Retail
87,997

Retail Establishments
$63.5 (b)
Total GDP Impact
767,243
Direct Retail Employment
$20,545 (m)
Direct Labor Income
$30,927 (m) 
Direct Impact on GDP

 

source: National Retail Federation

 

 

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