COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resource Center

The VMA is committed to providing members with factual, reliable and timely information regarding COVID-19 and its potential impact on Virginia’s manufacturing sector, its employees and its supply-chain.

View the October 2021 break-down of vaccine mandates by state here.

September 15, 2021 – View our most recent report on the VA FPS & US OSHA ETS: COVID-19 Bulletin & Alert 9/15.

September 8, 2021 – The revised VOSH COVID-19 Final Permanent Standard went into effect.

July 27, 2021 – The CDC updates its recommendations for indoor mask use.

April 29, 2021 – Governor Northam Updates Mask Guidance to Align with CDC Changes [press release]. The CDC guidelines state that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks outdoors when alone or in small gatherings. Mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies. 

April 22, 2021 – Governor Northam Announces Expanded Capacity, Social Gathering Limits to Begin May 15 [press release].

April 5, 2021 – The CDC updated guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your facility. Note: These guidelines contradict the Virginia COVID-19 Final Permanent Standard.

March 25, 2021 – The Virginia Dept. of Taxation finalized the PPE Sales Tax Exemption Guidance & Certification. Learn more here.

March 23, 2021 – Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise [press release here]

February 24, 2021 – Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues [document here]

February 16, 2021 – Virginia Launches Central Pre-Registration Website for COVID-19 Vaccine.

January 27, 2021 – 16VAC25-220, Final Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19 goes into effect today.

Several of the changes to the previous Emergency Temporary Standard that the VMA requested were recognized in the permanent regulation. They are highlighted in this Summary of Significant Changes from ETS to Final Permanent Standard document. Thank you to the VMA COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee for their expertise in guiding the VMA through the ETS and permanent regulation process.
Under the new Final Permanent Standard, infectious disease preparedness and response plans must be completed by March 26, 2021. Training requirements are effective on March 26, 2021. The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) developed a suite of online courses to assist manufacturers comply with these standards. Online courses are available 24/7 at


2020 Updates

2020 Updates

November Update: Updated OSHA Guidance Documents:

September 28 – Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and DOLI have collaborated on a Notification Portal for employers to report COVID-19 cases in accordance with the ETS. Using this portal will satisfy COVID-19 reporting requirements for both agencies.

September 10 – Governor Northam Announces Easing of Restrictions in Hampton Roads.

August Update: Working with the Manufacturing Skills Institute, we created the VA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Certification Program to assist any business (manufacturing, retail, construction/engineering or service) comply with the VA COVID-19 ETS by the deadlines. Register here.

July 28 – The Governor added restrictions related to alcohol sales, restaurant hours, and social gatherings: Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Contain COVID-19 in Hampton Roads Region. The rest of Virginia remains in Phase 3.

July 15 – The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board adopted §16VAC25-220, Emergency Temporary Standard: Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19, the first-in-nation OSHA standard to address COVID-19 in workplaces. We’ve provided resources to help our manufacturers better understand the new requirements. View this PowerPoint created by Courtney M. Malveaux, Attorny, Jackson Lewis P.C. for an overview of the final documentClick here for a recording of the meeting.

June 25 – The entire Commonwealth is expected to move into Phase Three on July 1st. View the updated Manufacturing Makes Virginia Safer Pledge.

June 18 Governor Northam released his Phase Three Reopening Guidelines. We currently do not have a date for moving into Phase Three.

June 9 – Governor Northam confirmed that Loudoun County will enter Phase two on Friday, June 12. Review the Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines in preparation.

June 8 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. View the webinar here. This was the last COVID-19 response webinar before the Association transitions to its June Virtual Town Hall Series.

June 4 – The Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy sent a letter to Governor Northam petitioning for greater transparency and democrative processes for local government decisions pertaining to COVID-19 phase progression.

June 2 – Governor Northam announced Phase 2 guidelines to ease public health restrictions. Phase 2 will begin June 5, with the exceptions of Northern Virginia and Richmond City, which will remain in Phase 1. View the full press release here.

June 1 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. View the webinar here. Special guest Dr. Chris Ghaemmaghami, Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Containment Program Co-lead, gave a special presentation on COVID-19 Contact Tracing for Employers. View his presentation here. Additionally, The EI Group presented their drive-thru COVID-19 testing services.

May 26 – Governor Northam announces Executive Order 63, requiring face masks to be worn indoors in public buildings. He is also directing the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (VADOLI) to develop emergency temporary standards for occupational safety that will protect employees from the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces. These standards will address personal protective equipment, sanitation, record-keeping of incidents, and hazard communication. Upon approval from the Virginia Safety & Health Codes Board, VADOLI will be able to enforce the standards through civil penalties and business closures.

May 18 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. View the webinar here.

May 14 – Governor Northam announces a delayed Phase 1 Reopening for the City of Richmond and Accomack County.

May 12 – OSHA and CDC issued Interim Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers. View here.

May 12 – Governor Northam announces a delayed Phase 1 Reopening for Northern Virginia. This includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Manassas Park; and the towns of Dumfries, Herndon, and Vienna (Northern Virginia Region). 

May 11 – VDH issued guidance for ending isolation in non-health care settings and returning to work for exposed persons. View the Ending Isolation Guidance Graphic.

May 11 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. View the webinar here.

May 7 – Department of Emergency Management released the Virginia COVID-19 PPE Retooling Playbook, a tool with immediate supply strategies for increasing critically-needed PPE in the Commonwealth with input from GENEDGE, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Manufacturers Association, Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

May 4 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. Dr. Stephen Bishop of PartnerMD answered questions regarding how to reopen businesses safely during COVID-19. View the webinar here.

April 27 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. Richard Kannan, Finance & Accounting Director of Warren Whitney, gave a presentation about Managing Cash Flow in Crisis Situations. View this week’s webinar here.

April 21 – The US Department of Justice issued a warning regarding fraudulent 3M PPE. View it here.

April 20 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. President of McClung Companies, Adam Monk, explained their company’s initiative in creating a PPE Sourcing Center with the VMA, and Courtney M. Malveaux from Jackson Lewis LLC joined the call to discuss Part 2 of his OSHA-VOSH COVID-19 Compliance. View this week’s webinar here.

April 17 – The White House released guidelines yesterday for reopening the country using a three-phased approach. The guidelines largely encourage states to make their own decisions based on the conditions locally. The plan calls for states to move to the first phase of reopening after exhibiting a downward trend of documented cases or positive tests over a two-week period. The guidelines also lay out important steps for both employers and individuals that are aligned with current CDC guidelines. You can see the president’s guidelines here and continue referencing NAM’s COVID-19 State Resources to keep up to date on how governors’ actions will affect operations in states where you operate.

April 16 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that employers who are unable to fulfill annual testing, inspection, training, and auditing due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be granted relief as long as the company makes good faith efforts to stay in compliance. OSHA will evaluate “whether the employer makes good faith efforts to comply with applicable OSHA standards and, in situations where compliance was not possible, to ensure that employees were not exposed to hazards from tasks, processes, or equipment for which they were not prepared or trained.” Read the enforcement memorandum and OSHA-provided examples of certain tests that may qualify here.

April 16 – Governor Northam requested additional federal support for Virginia’s workers. View the press release here.

April 15 – Governor Northam announced that entertainment businesses such as movie theaters and gyms must remain closed until May 8, extended a previous order set to expire April 23. View the press release here.

April 15 – CDC & CISA released Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. See also a printable flyer containing Do’s and Don’t’s for Essential Critical Workers Exposed to COVID-19 for your workplace needs.

April 13 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. Courtney M. Malveaux from Jackson Lewis LLC joined the call to discuss OSHA/VOSH Enforcement and Best Practices in the COVID-19 Era, and Jay Withrow from Virginia Department of Labor and Industry discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Exemption and COVID-19 Workplace Enforcement, Inspection and Compliance Guidance. View the webinar here.

April 6 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. Aaron Miller from Virginia Small Business Development Centers joined the call to discuss SBA funding. Additionally, Roger Whyte, CEO of LiteSheet Solutions joined the call to discuss Project Shining Light: UV-C Sanitation Technology Solutions. View the webinar here. The meeting passwood is: MrFVSJj5

April 3 – US OSHA provided enforcement guidance related to wearing protective equipment during the N95 shortage. View their press release here. They also issued guidance related to wearing protective equipment certified in other countries or jurisdictions. View that guidance memo here.

April 1 – Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy sent a letter to Governor Northam, requesting the delay of legislation that will add significant costs for business at a time when many companies have experienced immeasurable financial loss, laid-off workers, and face an uncertain future.

March 31 – Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provided enforcement and compliance guidance related to COVID-19. View their press release here.

March 30The VMA hosted the first of a series of weekly all-member webinars dedicated to COVID-19 response. Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Cassidy Rasnick, joined the call to answer questions from members. View the webinar here. These meetings will take place each Monday at 11:30 until May 4th. 

March 23 – The VMA and VMA Board of Directors hosted a webinar to discuss the VMA’s “Phase 1” regulatory relief proposal, critical efforts to ensure that the manufacturing operations and its supply-chain operations retain their designation as “essential services,” and to share industry best practices. View the PowerPoint presentation here. Listen to the full video recording here.

March 19 – Virginia is now eligible for low-interest Disaster Assistance Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Criteria for financing includes:

  • Eligibility– The applicant must be physically located in a declared state/county and suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster. 
  • Credit History– Applicants must have an acceptable credit history.
  • Repayment– Applicant must demonstrate the ability to repay the SBA loan.  The interest rates are 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years.  More information can be found at SBA’s COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loan.  Look for local assistance near you – view the map.

March 19 – Tax payment news:

  • Sales Tax Payments may be deferred until April 20, if requested from the state. There will be no penalties and the General Assembly will be asked to repeal interest payments required by this deferral. View tax bulletin.
  • State Corporate and Individual Income Tax Payments due May 1 will be deferred until June 1 and penalties and interest will be waived pending General Assembly approval.

March 19 – US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), released Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

March 19VMA submitted its formal “Phase 1” state regulatory relief proposal to Governor Northam.

March 18VMA Board of Directors met to develop an initial state regulatory relief proposal to submit to Governor Northam.  This proposal identifies manufacturing operations and supply-chain designation as “essential services” as critical priority, and begins work to donate critical products and convert manufacturing operations to same.

March 18 – NAM called for additional aggressive actions from the federal government to help the industry respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies; a $1.4 trillion COVID-19 Resiliency Fund.

March 17VMA, NFIB and VA Retail Federation hosted a Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy conference call to discuss COVID-19 industry response.

March 17VMA participated in a COVID-19 conference call with Northam Administration to discuss potential assistance and next steps to the infection.

March 16 – State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued 60 Day Suspension of All Disconnections.

March 12 – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19.

March 12 – NAM released the findings of a survey of manufacturing leaders examining the economic and operational impacts of COVID-19.

March 10 – The Manufacturing Leadership Council and the NAM hosted an informational call in response to best practice inquiries. You can listen to the recording for examples of what other manufacturers are doing to cope with COVID-19.

March 9 – NAM released their Policy Action Plan for COVID-19 response, calling on the federal government to take legislative and administrative steps to equip manufacturers to respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.

2020 Prevention and Response Recommendation

2020 Prevention and Response Recommendation

In addition to these Recommendations, VMA has created the “VMA Back to Work Plan,” outlining steps and phases to reopening the economy and getting back to work.

View the June 25th updated “Manufacturing Makes Virginia Safer: Pledge” for Prevention and Response Recommendations relevant to Reopening.

2020 Government Resources

2020 Government Resources


Governor Northam’s latest COVID-19 executive actions and press release identifying manufacturing operations as “essential services”:

Find out how to help: Virginia Department of Emergency Management Services Critical Products Survey. View the Critical Products Checklist and Contracting and Donations Guide here.

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR):

Virginia Department of Health:

Virginia Department of Labor & Industry – Virginia Occupational Safety & Health Business Reopening Toolkit. (18 MB zip file)

Virginia Unemployment Insurance & COVID-19 FAQ – Information from Governor Northam’s Office.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ): Enforcement and Compliance Guidance Related to COVID-19.

Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) –


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

US Department of Homeland Security –

US Department of Justice –



US SBA – COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loan.

US State Department – guidance on domestic and international travel.

US Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Paid Leave Questions and Answers

US Treasury Department – CARES Act – Paycheck Protection Program Overview

2020 Industry Best-Practices and Resources

2020 Industry Best-Practices and Resources

Virginia Manufacturers Association

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has specific information for businesses, healthcare, laboratories, transportation, and more for responding to and preventing COVID-19 infections.

American Chemistry Council has a COVID-19 resource page.  Download and post the free workplace poster to help stop COVID-19 infections.

National Association of Manufacturers has a COVID-19 resource page, and aCOVID-19 State Resources page. If your company can donate, produce and ship critical products or their components (e.g., ventilators, masks, vital sign monitors, tubing, etc.) for the national COVID-19 response, please complete the survey.

Disclaimer:  The information provided herein does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials provided are for general informational purposes only and suggested guidance based on the best available information at the time.