The following information provides the latest resources or information specifically for businesses and their employees.
COVID-19 Vaccine Info for Business Owners and Staff
Vaccines are Good for Business
We often talk about “returning to normal” – reopening the doors to business and re-engaging with our customers.
- Vaccines keep people WORKING: They are proven to prevent severe COVID-19. Vaccines keep your team healthy – and working.
- Vaccines can make workers and customers HAPPY: This pandemic has taken a big toll on mental health. Vaccine provides reassurance that to hopefully alleviate some of the added stress the pandemic brought.
- Vaccines are good for SALES: As people begin to return to a new normal way of life and revisit their favorite places, knowing that the people who work at the establishments they frequent is reassuring.
- Vaccines are good for your BOTTOM LINE: So many businesses pivoted to accommodate the ever-changing world of the pandemic. It’s time to get back to the business you want to be in.
What You Need to Do Today
1. Consider accommodations for your staff (who are eligible) to get vaccinated: Vaccine appointments are given based on availability. Accommodate your staff for their vaccine appointment by giving them time away from work to be vaccinated (if necessary). Also become knowledgeable about potential side effects.
2. Schedule a Vaccine Conversation for your team: Contact the Health Department. Our vaccine specialists deliver informational talks across the county each day. Presentations are customized for language, culture and content.
3. Promote COVID-19 Vaccines at your business: Distribute vaccine information from the Health Department.
4. Share your work! Be sure to share your staff vaccination photos and tag us!
Vaccine Resources for Businesses
Materials For Your Workplace
- I got my vaccine! Stickers (Tip! Print on labels and distribute to vaccinated staff)
- Flyers (Tip! Choose topics that your staff are asking questions about)
- 'We Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19' Window Decal
Health Action Alliance offers tools and best practices to help businesses develop COVID-19 vaccine policy, educate and support workers, engage disproportionately impacted populations, and strengthen community vaccination. Businesses and employers of all sizes can immediately access free tools, resources, trainings and events.
Employers must use this form to report any COVID-19 positive employees in their workplace, in accordance with the Emergency Temporary Standard from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
Employee/Worker Safety and Health
Workers should follow basic actions that include:
- Follow social distancing guidelines, staying six feet apart from other people.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public when it’s difficult to stay six-feet apart from others.
- Wash your hands and cover you cough and sneezes, along with these other simple actions.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Drive alone to work sites or parking areas — don’t carpool.
Unemployment and Worker Resources
If you have lost employment and seek compensation you may apply online at the Virginia Employment Commission website or call the VEC Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You must continue to file for unemployment compensation each week you are unemployed.
Have Questions About Employment Law/Rules?
Virginia State Government has provided answers to frequently asked questions received from workers regarding employment impacted by COVID-19
Beginning with claims effective March 15, 2020, Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Employment Commission to change the requirements regarding the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
Virginia Career Works Centers
Virginia Career Works Centers, a comprehensive system of employment and training services and resources, are available to job seekers and employers in Northern Virginia.
Services listed below can be accessed via web-based and telephone options:
- Tools, resources and assistance for job searches, interview preparation and career advancement.
- Access to a bank of online employment resources and education and training options.
- Workforce information and local labor market information.
- Career coaching.
- Live job-seeker webinars.
Contact the centers below Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:
- Alexandria: 703-704-6286, DFSVCWAlexandria@fairfaxcounty.gov
- Annandale: 703-533-5400, DFSVCWAnnandale@fairfaxcounty.gov
- Reston: 703-787-4974, DFSVCWReston@fairfaxcounty.gov
- Fairfax: 703-324-7280, DFSVJC@fairfaxcounty.gov
For more information, visit our Department of Family Services webpage.
Are you waiting for your IRS payment? Check out the “IRS Get My Payment Tracker”: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Emergency Food & Assistance
For Human Services support, the Fairfax County Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) provides information regarding emergency food and other assistance.
- Additionally, call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, for help, Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To apply for benefits like SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid, go to the Virginia Department of Social Services or call 855-635-4370; to renew your Medicaid by phone call 855-242-8282.
Teleworking, Sick Leave & Childcare
What Should I Know About Teleworking?
Virginia offers resources & recommendations regarding best practices for teleworking.
U.S. Department of Labor Sick Leave Guidance
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the second federal stimulus bill) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons. The Department of Labor has released guidance and FAQs to explain who is covered and for how long.
What is the Current Status of Child Care Facilities?
The State of Virginia Department of Social Services has detailed info on childcare, including policy updates and FAQs.
Family Leave and Remote School
The U.S. Department of Labor’s August guidance clarifies when an employee may take family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This guidance addresses issues related to the reopening of schools and the varying approaches school districts have taken with remote learning and staggered classes. See question #70.
Local Small Business Resources
Loan & Grant Assistance Programs
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
As part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill recently passed, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a new round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), its forgivable loan program. Contact your local lender or find a lender from the SBA.
The Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act provides an additional two months to apply for loans, moving the deadline to May 31, 2021, and they also provided an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman’s Statement on President Biden signing the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law.
- SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman’s Statement on President Biden signing the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law
Let’s get back to business! Fairfax County is offering special grants to businesses who need help recovering from the pandemic. The grant program is called “PIVOT” and millions of dollars are available to local businesses in the hotel, food service, retail and arts industries.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is a $15 billion grant assistance program to shuttered venues that will be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. The (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries including live venue operators, promoters, talent representatives, theatrical producers, live performing arts organizations, museums, zoos, aquariums and motion picture theater operators.
Restaurant Revitalizations Fund
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) establishes a $28.6 billion fund that will provide grants to restaurants and similar establishments to replace lost revenue due to the pandemic. This critical program will be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and is expected to open soon.
Virginia 30 Day Fund
The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding. Virginia-based businesses that having been operating for at least one year with 3 to 30 employees, and owned and operated are eligible to apply. Please visit the online application to apply. Learn More.
Dominion Energy Virginia
Dominion Energy Virginia is pledging $500,000 to help provide energy bill relief for small businesses, nonprofits, and houses of worship in its Virginia service territory. The program funding will be covered by shareholders and will not impact customer rates. Qualified businesses may be eligible to receive one-time assistance with their past due Dominion Energy electric bill balances up to $1,000. Learn More.
Health, Labor & Safety Guidance
Prepare Your Workplace to Keep Your Employees Safe
The Health Action Alliance offers tools and best practices to help businesses develop COVID-19 vaccine policy, educate and support workers, engage disproportionately impacted populations, and strengthen community vaccination. Businesses and employers of all sizes can immediately access free tools, resources, trainings and events. New resources are being added regularly; watch for a new program for Employee Resource Groups and minority-owned business owners launching in early April.
This flyer provides 6 simply ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published info on preparing workplaces for COVID-19.
- OSHA flyer with information on how to keep you and your employees safe.
- OSHA flyer with information on how to keep you and your employees safe.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers important guidance to businesses on how to reduce virus transmission among employees, how to maintain operations and keep workplaces healthy.
- Webinar: Keeping Your Workforce and Business Healthy During (and After) the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Whole Community Approach
Reduce the Risk of Airborne Disease Transmission
Wear a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others.
Improve your home or business air quality:
- Indoor air and coronavirus (EPA)
- How to improve ventilation (CDC)
- Tips to make air in your home safer
Employee/Employer Paid Leave, FMLA, and Other Wage Questions
U.S Department of Labor - Wage and Hour discusses common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Counseling & Mentoring
Direct small business counseling is available from the organizations below. These organizations offer confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help create a strategy specific to your business needs.
- The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is a non-profit organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations, educational and support services to small businesses in Fairfax County. Sign up for information and counseling sessions.
- The George Mason University Small Business Development Center (Mason SBDC) is available to assist businesses with questions and information regarding preparing and understanding what is needed for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection programs. They also are available to create strategies for businesses to move forward.
- SCORE, a non-profit resource funded by the U.S. Small Business Association, offers free confidential business counseling via phone, email and a variety of video and chat services. They also offer free, live and recorded webinars as well as interactive courses on demand.
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) , the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center and Start Small Think Big have partnered to create the COVID-19 Pro Bono Collaborative, an initiative to provide free legal assistance to small businesses in Northern Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic, including help with federal assistance, grant and loan programs, leases and employment issues.
The Fairfax County Office for Children has a host of resources for Child Care providers and programs.
Fairfax First -
Fairfax First provides a continually updated collection of interesting events and resources for residents to engage with local businesses and keep themselves entertained, like the FXVA Take Out Trail, which provides coupons and updates on local restaurants, breweries and wineries.
Support local businesses and explore Fairfax County from home.
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Connect with Other Businesses
The Fairfax County Business Emergency Operations Council (BEOC) serves as a vehicle of information sharing between the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and the businesses of Fairfax County regarding matters of emergency management.
The BEOC has created a dashboard to share information among the business community. To access the dashboard, please sign-up as a member and a link and passcode will be forwarded to you. If you do not wish to register but would like access to the dashboard, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a short justification.