Information for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

The following information provides the latest resources or information specifically for businesses and their employees. For questions that you may have on business restrictions, email business@virginia.gov. If you have a specialized question you can contact the Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives at DEI@fairfaxcounty.gov

Get the latest updates by texting FFXCOVID to 888777. Get County Operating Status by department or service.

Business Resources

Local Small Business Resources

Policy & Tax Changes

What Is an Essential Business? 

Virginia Governor Northam's order, issued March 23rd, details what businesses are effected and the restrictions in place.


Federal Economic Impact Payments

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced April 1, 2020 that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

  • Seniors who receive Social Security will automatically receive checks. However, those individuals that don’t receive Social Security and did not file a tax return last year will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

Tax Deadline Changes

Federal Tax Deadline Changes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. It offers resources for tax return assistance and tips for the coronavirus.

Virginia Tax Deadlines Changes

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties. The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individual and corporate income taxes.

While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

Fairfax County Tax Deadlines Changes

The county is looking for ways to be flexible to accommodate residents and businesses. As this situation evolves, the county will continue to adjust, while maintaining public services. 

  • The filing deadline for personal property taxes for both individuals and businesses is extended to June 1.
  • The deadline to pay the first half of real estate taxes was extended to August 28.

Loan & Grant Assistance Programs

As of Thursday, April 16, 2020 the Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp  have run out of appropriated funds. Fairfax County expects that these programs will receive new funding, but it is not clear when that will occur. For updated info continue to monitor this page and the SBA website. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options


Fairfax County Microloans for Small Business

Fairfax County has established a $2.5 million fund to support small business recovery which will be administered by the Community Business Partnership. Loans for small business of up to $20,000 with 0% interest and a up to six year term will be available. Applications will be accepted beginning April 2. 8. Details about the Microloan program, including terms and restrictions, can be found at 
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic-success/county-small-business-covid-19-recovery-fund.

Want to know more about Federal Loans and Grants and the Fairfax County MicroLoan Program? Check out the SBD Q&A Fairfax County Microloan Program on Friday, April 24 at 1:00pm and Monday, April 27 at 2:00pm (in English and Spanish).


Additional Programs

Small Business Debt Relief Program 

This program will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504 and microloans. SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans - including principal, interest and fees - for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of President Trump signing the bill into law.

Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit

This provision would provide a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers, including non-profits, whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of a government order limiting commerce, travel or group meetings. The credit is also provided to employers who have experienced a greater than 50 percent reduction in quarterly receipts, measured on a year-over-year basis.

Delayed Payment of Employer Tax Credit

This provision would allow taxpayers to defer paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020, with all 2020 deferred amounts due in two equal installments, one at the end of 2021, the other at the end of 2022.


Small Business Owners' Guide to Federal CARES Act

A guide to the major programs and initiatives available from the SBA and also discusses some tax provisions outside of the scope of the SBA,  including the Paycheck Protection Program and the emergency cash grants as part of the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).

Small Business Owners' Guide to Federal CARES Act (PDF)

Main Street Lending Program

A new program from the Federal Reserve -- Main Street Lending Program that extends line of credit via banks to small and medium sized businesses https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/mainstreetlending.htm

Health, Labor & Safety Guidance

Prepare Your Workplace to Keep Your Employees Safe

Stop the Spread of Germs flyerBusinesses should do their part to stop the spread of germs and protect employee health.

This flyer provides 6 simply ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additional resources:


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

For direct small business counseling opportunities, please contact the Community Business Partnership. 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.

CBP staff are now pivoting to provide full time and virtual in-person counseling. 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 now that Virginia is approved by the SBA.


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.

Business Continuity Webinars (Video)

Food Establishments

ABC Licensing

Already providing food pick-up/delivery options? With an on- and off-premise retail license from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, you can add beer or beer and wine to you pick-up/delivery menu. click here for details: https://www.abc.virginia.gov/licenses/get-a-license/retail-licenses/on-and-off-premise

For the latest food establishment owner/operator information and tips, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus.

Childcare

The Fairfax County Office for Children has a host of resources for Child Care providers and programs.

Visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/ofc-covid-19-updates
 

LOCAL efforts to support LOCAL business

Are you in the Richmond Highway Corridor? Add your information to the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s COVID business directory: https://sfdc.org/

Are you in Herndon? Add your info to the Restaurant & Grocery Store Directory: https://www.herndon-va.gov/departments/communications-economic-development/restaurants-open-for-business

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.

Fairfax First - Support Local Businesses

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

Scammers have been setting up websites, fake emails, texts and social media posts to raise money for phony charity projects and to sell fake safety measures and unproven treatments. Here's what you can do.

You may also review additional scam resources for consumers and for business owners.

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 covid19@ffxbeoc.org and provide a short justification.

Employee Resources

Employee/Worker Resources

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. 

Employees can file COVID-19-related health safety complaints with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program

Virginia Government FAQ for Workers

The Commonwealth of Virginia has created a list of answers to frequently asked questions from workers regarding COVID-19.

Unemployment and Worker Resources

Unemployment Compensation

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.:

 

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.

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