We know that these are scary and uncertain times in the retail industry with everything that is going on right now. We want to make sure that our members know that VRF is playing an active role in conversations on the State and Federal level on how to best help businesses through these trying times. We are constantly communicating how COVID-19 is impacting Virginia’s retailers, and how elected officials can help. We will continue to update our members with major announcements via email, social media, and through our resource guide found here:


ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators NOW


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. 




Governor Announcement

3.19.20 | 3 pm

URGENT: Feb sales tax payments that are due tomorrow, Mar 20, 2020, can be deferred until April payment. However, one must file a request for deferred paymentThe Tax Dept plans to be liberal in granting the deferments.

In the press conference held by Governor Northam today, March 19, 2020, the Governor announced a few things that will hopefully help our members. You can find the link to the full press release here, and a summary of the pertinent information is below.




Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discussion Board 

Join the discussion around Coronavirus’s impact on your business, employees, and customers.



Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

Retail Alliance

The Retail Alliance is dedicated to supporting our retailers throughout Hampton Roads and with the recent reports of COVID-19 cases within the United States, it is imperative that our members have access to resources and be able to enforce strategies to protect your workers while continuing operations.



Don't Panic, Prepare: Guidance for Small Businesses Navigating Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Retail Merchants

As business owners and leaders, it’s important not to panic, while at the same time taking reasonable precautions to ensure any disruptions to your business be as minimal as possible. Below are four areas to focus on while preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.