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State Resources

Blueprint for Reopening Virginia
Governor Northam has created a Blueprint for Reopening Virginia: Forward Virginia. By visiting the Forward Virginia website you can find general guidelines for reopening your business, including best practices for physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. You will also find industry-specific resources and recommendations for (1) Restaurant & Beverage Services, (2) Farmers Markets, (3) Brick and Mortar Retail, (4) Fitness and Exercise Facilities, (5) Personal Care and Grooming Services, (6) Campgrounds and Summer Camps, and (7) Religious Services.   

US Chamber Resources 

Business Reopening Playbook
The United States Chamber has created a comprehensive playbook for small businesses called Ready to Reopen

Digital Resource Center 
This Digital Resource Center contains state-specific and sector-specific guidance for reopening your business, as well as additional tools and resources such as standardized employee screening questionnaires and a customizable workplace flyer. 

Path Forward Webinar Series
This webinar series is a new program from the U.S. Chamber Foundation. It is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to develop a responsible reopening strategy. The live webinar airs every Thursday at 3:00pm. 


Small Business Development Center Resources 

Hampton Roads SBDC 
The City of Williamsburg is part of the Hampton Roads SBDC network. The SBDC offers free business counseling to all business owners in Williamsburg. If you would like to request counseling, email or call (757) 664-2532. 

757 COVID-19 Business Recovery Forum provides insight and answers from experts that know the 757 best. Create an account and join the discussion to connect with other business leaders and get tips and best practices for reopening your business. 

Local Resources

Emergency Temporary Zoning Guidance
Under Phase I of Forward Virginia, Williamsburg City Manager Andrew Trivette issued Emergency Temporary Zoning Guidance, which clarifies local procedures for reopening.