Board of Supervisors - Mason District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:30AM-5PM M-F

703-256-7717
TTY 711

Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Penelope A. "Penny" Gross,
Board of Supervisor

COVID-19

Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the federal government have adjusted services in response to COVID-19.  Updates, resources, and guidance at the local, state, and federal levels of government are available below:

Please continue to refer to trusted sources of information, such as the Fairfax County COVID-19 webpage, the Fairfax County Emergency Blog, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for regular updates.  

Local resources

Fairfax County Declares Local State of Emergency

On March 17, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  This action follows Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency on March 12, and a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020.

The local emergency declaration is primarily a financial mechanism that provides greater flexibility and authority for the county in purchasing hard to find resources and supplies.  It also increases the authorities granted to the county to protect the health and safety of the community and provide emergency assistance in such a rapidly evolving incident.

Fairfax County Operating Status

Because of the coronavirus, some county facilities have status changes.  Status updates for schools, courts, public meetings, libraries, parks, transportation services, trash collection and more is available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/status.

Stay Informed

Child Care Services

Governor Northam announced that the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) (https://www.dss.virginia.gov/geninfo/corona.cgi) will be releasing guidance to child care programs to help them to meet the provision of the Governor’s directive to only have 10 people gathered in any one place.  The guidance will discuss limiting the number of children and staff per classroom to 10, feeding children in individual classes; staggering recess and outdoor play to one class at a time; and providing tips for programming to keep children six feet apart. In addition, families are also asked to stay home with their children if they are not essential personnel in order ensure child care programs have the capacity to serve essential personnel.  When the VDSS guidance is available, the Office for Children (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/) will assist the state in distributing the information to child care programs in Fairfax County; and the Fairfax County blog will be updated to include this new information.

Community Centers/Neighborhood Centers/Resource Centers and Teen Centers

Community Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to provide grab and go meals at no cost for students at 38 locations throughout Fairfax County. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families. All students enrolled in FCPS schools and other County children receive one meal at no-cost; and, may have additional meals at no-cost upon request. Adults may purchase breakfast and lunch meals at a cost of $2.00. An updated list of locations is available at www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.

Additionally, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) has partnered with FCPS to provide “pop-up” grab and go breakfast and lunch meals in five (5) targeted community locations. The locations (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/facilities-map) are:

• Audubon Apartments, 10-10:30 a.m., 7955 Audubon Ave., Alexandria

• Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln., Falls Church

• Gum Springs Community Center, 11-11:30 a.m., 8100 Fordson Rd., Alexandria

• James Lee Community Center, 12-12:30 p.m., 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church

• Willston Multi-Cultural Center, 11-11:30 a.m., 6131 Willston Dr., Falls Church

Fairfax County and FCPS have worked together to develop a searchable map that includes community food distribution sites, including FCPS grab and go locations, community meal distribution sites, food pantries, and other related services. It is available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/maps/food-resources.

The county continues to provide meals to current Senior Center and Adult Day Health Care participants. Meals are being delivered to each participant that indicates a need. Additional meals will be packaged in sets of five meals for five days so residents will receive one delivery per week with five meals. Additionally, older adult county housing facilities are also receiving meals through this coordinated effort. FASTRAN continues to support the Department of Family Services’ Meals on Wheels routes when volunteers are unavailable. This effort started last week and will continue through program closure.

Coordinated Services Planning (Basic Needs Support)

(https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/basic-needs-assistance)

Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) is assisting residents facing difficulties affected by job losses.  Residents needing food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and other needs, call 703-222-0880, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for assistance with accessing government and community-based resources.  Assistance is available in multiple languages.

Department of Family Services

(https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical)

The Department of Family Services (DFS) is providing “Assistance from a Distance” for financial and medical needs. Visit the DFS website for information about how to apply for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, child care assistance, financial assistance, energy (heating and cooling) assistance, free or low-cost medical care, and temporary assistance for needy families (TANF).  Additional resources also are available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/assistance-from-a-distance.

Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services remains committed to providing support to all those in our community experiencing interpersonal violence. DSVS now offers victims and survivors new resources: Teletherapy, Abuse Intervention, and Safety Planning with Children.

Teletherapy: Starting July 2020, DSVS is offering free counseling services online via Teletherapy. We know counseling helps people feel stronger, safer, less afraid and more hopeful. We also know that seeking help takes effort and courage. That is why DSVS is working to make it easy to access services. See more information in DSVS' Teletherapy one pager.

Abuse Intervention: Some families are finding it difficult to cope. Hurting someone else only makes things worse. Instead, we want to help people stop and think about options. See more information in DSVS's abuse intervention one pager or click here: Preventing Domestic Abuse During COVID-19.

Safety Planning with Children: When someone lives with a partner who threatens their safety, they are probably concerned about their child’s safety, too. It’s best to plan for safety with children before a crisis. See more information in DSVS' Safety Planning with Children one pager attached or click here.

For some people, staying home doesn’t always feel safe because someone there may threaten or hurt you. If this is you, learn what steps you can take to try to stay safe. If you know someone who might be being abused, find out what you can do to provide support. And know you can call the Fairfax County Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline for help 24 hours a day at 703-360-7273. If it is not safe to talk, text LOVEIS to 22522 for the national domestic violence hotline or chat at rainn.org for the national sexual violence hotline.

Fairfax County Public Schools

(https://www.fcps.edu/alerts)

All FCPS school buildings are closed until further notice.  Food distribution at FCPS sites will continue as scheduled.  FCPS students and other county children under age 18 can receive one meal at no-cost and may have additional meals at no-cost upon request.  Adults may purchase breakfast and lunch meals at a cost of $2.00.  For additional FCPS food distribution locations, log on to  https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.

Food Pantries

Residents who want to contribute also are encouraged to consider making monetary contributions and grocery gift cards donations to our community-based organization partners. You can visit the Human Services Resource Guide (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hsrg/), an online, searchable guide to available human services resources in Fairfax County. 

Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic

Inova Urgent Care (UCC) locations at Dulles South, North Arlington and Tysons will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. The three clinics will also be able to collect COVID-19 vehicle-side samples that have been ordered by physicians.  Additional information is available at https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/25/three-inova-respiratory-illness-clinics-open-today/.

Income Tax Preparation and Citizen Tax Relief and Exemptions

Libraries

(https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library)

All FCPL locations are closed until further notice, and there is no curbside pickup of holds or other materials at this time.  Patrons are asked to keep their library materials and return them at a later date.  No fines will be assessed and all due dates have been extended.  No donated materials will be accepted. WiFi will continue during the library’s normal operating hours and can be accessed in the parking lots.

 

The library offers free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, which are digital books that you can read or listen to on a computer or a portable device https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/ebooks.

 

Curbside Pickup

Fairfax County Public Library’s Curbside pickup of holds and grab bags began Monday, June 1. Curbside pickup hours at all branches are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  FCPL’s curbside services are completely contactless — at no point will you physically interact with the library staff helping you.  For more information about how to pick up or drop off holds, visit https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/unlimited/curbside.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grocery Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-up Service for Older Adults

In response to the increased needs of residents who are 60 years old and older and who require assistance, Fairfax County, through the Health Department’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program (N2N), has launched a free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service.  The service is provided to senior citizens at private residences by volunteers, who have completed background checks.  To request shopping and pharmacy pick-up, or to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance to obtain food, contact the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource line at 703-324-7948.  Learn more at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/neighbor.

Parks

(https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/coronavirus)

The Park Authority has begun phased reopening of park amenities, with limited use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Virginia Governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please visit Fairfax County’s COVID-19 Resource Page to review all current recommendations. Park visitors are asked to adhere to the physical distancing guidelines and small group guidelines (do not exceed 10 people), to avoid closed facilities or apparatus, and to keep in mind that restrooms and park buildings will not be open at this time.

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series will be canceled through July due to public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Fourth of July events have been canceled, too. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health-related guidelines continue to recommend against large gatherings. Fourth of July programs and the free series of concerts and performances for children have regularly drawn crowds in summers past.  More information is available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2020/z-ir065.

 

Public Works - Keeping Clean During Covid-19

Keeping yourself and your children clean and virus free is extremely important during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fairfax County says no matter where you live – condo, house or apartment – you can avoid a disgusting sewer backup into your home by not flushing wipes down the toilet. Additional information about how to prevent backups and overflows is available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/news/keeping-clean-during-covid-19

Rental Assistance - Contact Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) for Basic Needs Assistance

School Age Child Care

Schools - FCPS Distance Learning Plan

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is enacting its Distance Learning Plan (DLP)  to ensure students and families have ongoing, high-quality academic, social-emotional, and wellness supports.  Find more information at https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-academics-distance.

Senior Centers and Adult Day Health Care Centers

All Fairfax County Senior Centers (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/senior-centers) and Adult Day Health Care Centers (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/adult-day-health-care) are closed to participants until further notice.  Additionally, as of Monday, March 16, Fairfax County will provide meal delivery service to registered participants who wish to obtain them.  County staff will be contacting participants and caregivers directly to make those arrangements.

Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Fund - Fairfax RISE

Fairfax RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) is a grant fund that will offer financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by the Coronavirus shutdowns. The grant program will offer up to $20K to qualified small businesses and nonprofits. Grantees are chose via lottery. The grant is open June 8-15 For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/fairfaxrise.

Grant Application Timeline & Process

  • The grant application will be open from 9 a.m. on Monday, June 8 through Monday, June 15 at 11:59 p.m. 
    • During this period applicants will fill out the Part 1 of the application which is the Qualification Stage. This part of the application consists of submitting the Qualification Survey to help determine their location, business size/employment, and SWAM eligibility.  The Qualification Survey should take 10 minutes or less to complete.
      • The Qualification Survey can be accessed through the Fairfax Rise website.
      • Many questions about eligibility can be answered through FAQ’s posted on the Fairfax Rise website.
      • Applicants will not be required to upload documents in Part 1, the Qualification Survey.
    • After the grant application period closes, if the grant is over-prescribed, we will hold a lottery to select the applicants that will move forward to Part 2, the Certification and Approval Stage.
    • More than 4400 people have signed up to receive info about the grant process. We have emailed them once, will email the webinar info and a reminder today, and then email them again Monday, June 9 when the grant opens.
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  • Press Release: English | Spanish | Korean | Arabic | Vietnamese
  • Postcard: English | Spanish | Korean | Arabic | Vietnamese
  • On Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. DEI and our contractor CBP will hold a Q&A webinar for interested parties. There will be a short presentation, then questions will be taken, via chat, from participants.  Below is the webinar information for you to share with your networks. 

FAIRFAX RISE WEBINAR

  • Join us to learn more about the Fairfax RISE grant program and how to apply. Questions, via chat, will be taken during the webinar.
  • Date and time:                  Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00pm
  • Registration URL              https://gmu.webex.com/gmu/onstage/g.php?MTID=e55fda520ca6a3479d7446f14c11ca520
    • Event number:         161 180 4501
    • Event password:      4p6yK8KdxXd
  • Via Phone                          415-655-0003/Access code: 161 180 4501

Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Fairfax County has established a $2.5 Million fund to support small business recovery. Along with the Federal SBA loans and grants, the Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund and associated counseling will help our business community with needed relief. The program will be administered by the Community Business Partnership. Applications will be accepted beginning April 28. For details about SBA loan and grants, and small business assistance centers to help you, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/county-small-business-covid-19-recovery-fund.  Applications will be accepted beginning April 28.

Tax Relief Application Due Date Extended to June 1; Workshops Postponed

(https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/taxes/relief/tax-relief-due-date-extended)  

The 2020 tax relief application due date for seniors and people with disabilities has been extended from April 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020, and the remaining tax relief workshops are postponed until further notice.  All residents are urged to stay home and submit their annual applications by e-mail, mail, or fax.  If you require assistance with completing the application or have any questions, please call 703-222-8234 (TTY 711).

Trash and Recycling

Please be advised that no changes have been made to the County's weekly trash (grey cart) and recycling (blue cart) collection schedule.  To ensure that all trash and recycling is collected, please make sure that all materials are at the curb/street line by 6 a.m. on your regular collection day.  Trash and recycled material must be placed inside the cart. Trash or recycling placed outside the county-provided cart will not be collected.  No privately-owned carts will be serviced.

Effective Monday, May 25, 2020 [Memorial Day]

Yard waste collection resumes the week of May 25, 2020.

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020

Bulk/brush and electronic waste collection resumes.

Collection of cardboard placed outside of the county recycle cart has resumed.

  • All cardboard must be collapsed (this will prevent the possibility of non-cardboard items, e.g., glass, trash) being placed in boxes that are not collapsed; and,
  • Styrofoamtm, packing peanuts, and any other material must be removed from the collapsed boxes;

Additional county collection customer notices are available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/county-collection-customers/notices.

Purple Can Club (Glass Recycling) Resumes

Collection of glass dropped off at purple, glass-only containers resumes Monday, May 11, 2020. Containers are being reset at locations throughout Fairfax County. See map of locations at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/glass. Residents can also bring glass to containers at the I-66 transfer station and I-95 landfill complex, or glass can be placed in the trash.

Virginia Career Works

Virginia Career Works – Northern Centers (https://vcwnorthern.com/covid-19/) are CLOSED to the public.  Jobseekers may call local centers or access a variety of Web-based and telephonic resources found at https://vcwnorthern.com/covid-19/.  For additional information, call 703-827-3782 or send an e-mail to info@vcwnorthern.com.

Community Business Partnership (https://cbponline.org/)
The
Community Business Partnership (CBP) is a non-profit organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional. and national organizations to promote small business growth in Fairfax County.

All CBP in-person workshops and events are CANCELLED until further notice. Clients can visit
www.ed2go.com/cbponline as a resource for continued business knowledge.  For information about online or virtual counseling, log on to https://cbponline.org/classes-counseling/counseling/.

Volunteering

Residents, businesses and organizations who want to help fill community needs can make donations to local community-based organizations.  An updated list of community-based resources for food assistance and donations is available online at https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-support.   

Residents who want to contribute are urged to consider making monetary contributions and grocery gift cards donations to our community-based organization partners.  Log on to the Human Services Resource Guide (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hsrg/), an online, searchable guide to available human services resources in Fairfax County.

Additional information about volunteer opportunities is available at https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/03/17/donating-to-and-supporting-local-community-based-organizations/.

State resources

COVIDCheck - VDH's new online telehealth and risk assessment tool for COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health has developed a new online telehealth and risk assessment tool for COVID-19. “COVIDCheck” allows Virginians to answer questions about symptoms and receive recommendations about next steps, including self-isolation or seeking medical care, as well as options for nearby testing sites.  The tool is available at vdh.virginia.gov/covidcheck.

Health, safety, and employment measures by Governor Northam

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. 

On March 30, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. 

The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements

On May 26, Governor Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians wear face coverings in public indoor settings, starting May 29. If you have questions or concerns about the face covering Executive Order, call 1-877-ASK-VDH3.  Please do NOT call your local health department.  Additional information is available on https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/may/headline-857020-en.html.

On June 23, 2020, Governor Northam announced that Virginia would enter into Phase 3 on July 1, 2020.  Phase 3 guidelines can be found at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Three-Guidelines.pdf

Measures Governor Northam has taken to assist all Virginians are available at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/.

Social Distancing

Virginians are strongly urged to avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, per federal guidelines.  This does not include normal operations at essential services, such as manufacturers, distribution centers, airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, grocery stores, or pharmacies.

Per a public health emergency order issued by Governor Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters statewide are mandated to significantly reduce their capacity to 10 patrons, or close.  Restaurants may continue carry-out and takeaway options.

StayHomeVirginia.com

The Virginia Housing Development Authority has partnered with Gov. Ralph Northam to create StayHomeVirginia.com, a website for housing-centered information about programs, service and resources to help Virginians who have experienced job or income loss and other impacts due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Guidance and resources are available for:

  • Renters
  • Homeowners
  • Individuals who are experiencing homelessness
  • Landlords

The site outlines information on federal and state protections and includes guidance on how to work with landlords, financial institutions and others to sustainably utilize temporary eviction and foreclosure protections during this time.

Visit https://www.stayhomevirginia.com/ for more information.

Support for Affected Workers

Governor Northam announced the following actions to protect working Virginians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak:

No waiting for unemployment benefits.  Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.

Enhanced eligibility for unemployment.  Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19.  If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.

Fewer restrictions.  For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.

The Office of the Governor is providing a frequently asked questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.

Support for Affected Employers

Regional workforce teams will be activated to support employers who slow or cease operations.  Employers who do slow or cease operations will not be penalized financially for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.

  • The Governor is authorizing rapid response funding, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs.
  • Governor Northam is directing all employers to follow U.S. Department of Labor guidance on workplace safety.

Utilities

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

For a comprehensive list of actions taken by Governor Northam and news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Virginia, visit https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/.

Virginia Department of Taxation

The May 1 filing deadline remains the same.  The payment deadline individual and corporate income taxes extended to June 1, 2020https://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/

Appointments for service for the upcoming 90 days are available at open DMV locations.
Find a location and schedule now at https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/onlineservices/appointments.aspx.

A chart of DMV transactions available by alternative service outlets is available at https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/pdf/trans_alternative_svc.pdf.

As DMV reopens more offices across the Commonwealth, customers with expiring credentials have been assisted by an executive directive put in place by Governor Ralph Northam which extends the validity of some driver's licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations.

The validity of driver's licenses and identification cards due to expire on or before July 31, 2020, is extended for an additional 90 days, not to exceed October 31, 2020. This extension is in addition to the prior extension of up to 90 days not to exceed August 31, 2020.

This means that a customer whose credential expired between March 15 and April 30 will have an additional 90 days added to the prior 90 days, effectively 180 days, beyond the expiration date to renew. Those with credentials expiring between May 1 and July 31 will have up to 180 days beyond the expiration date, not to exceed October 31, 2020. If a credential expires after July 31st, it must be renewed before its expiration date. Vehicle registrations expiring March-July are extended for up to 180 days, not to exceed October 31, 2020. In addition, the federal enforcement date for REAL IDs was moved to October 1, 2021.

Vehicle Safety Inspections

Governor Northam's Executive Directive Eight directs the Virginia State Police to suspend the enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections until July 31, 2020. However, the Executive Directive does not extend/suspend a Vehicle Safety Inspection expiration date.

Renew Vehicle Registration

Many DMV services are available online, including vehicle registration renewal.  You can renew you registration at https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/dmvnet/Vehicle_Registration/intro.aspx

Virginia Employment Commission

(http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed)

 

If you have lost employment and seek to apply for Unemployment Compensation, please apply online at the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) website at http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed or call the VEC Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Federal Resources

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Federal Department of Labor - Wage and Hour

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

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.

How to Prepare and Protect Yourself

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

(https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus)

The federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

OSHA Guidance about Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Passport Offices

(https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/passport-covid-19.html)

Effective March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Passport Services/Customer Service will only offer service for customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.

Some passport application acceptance facilities, which include libraries, clerks of court, and post offices may not be accepting U.S. passport applications at this time. If you need to apply in person for your U.S. passport, please contact the facility (https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/)  directly to confirm whether they are accepting applications.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Program

(https://www.sba.gov/)

On March 12, the SBA announced Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.

Small Business Development Center (MASON SBDC)

(https://masonsbdc.org/)

Now that VIrginia is approved by the SBA, the Mason SBDC will provide businesses with information about how to prepare and understand what is needed for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

SCORE

(https://www.score.org/)

SCORE, a non-profit organization and resource partner funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration that assists small businesses develop, offers free confidential business counseling via phone, e-mail and a variety of video and chat services. They also offer free, live and recorded webinars as well as interactive courses on demand (https://www.score.org/content/take-workshop).

Social Security Administration (SSA)

(https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/)

The Social Security Administration suspended face-to-face service to the public in field offices and hearings offices nationwide until further notice.  The SSA will provide limited, critical services via phone (1-800-772-1213), mail, and online at www.ssa.gov.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant