NFIB Reacts to Gov. Northam's New Restrictions Due to COVID-19

Date: December 10, 2020

NFIB Reacts to Governor Northam’s Modified Stay-At-Home Order 

The following news release was issued in response to Gov. Northam’s latest news conference about additional COVID restrictions:

RICHMOND (Dec. 10, 2020) —  Today, Gov. Ralph Northam announced new targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. for all Virginians. He is also putting in place a universal mask requirement for indoor and outdoor activities, and lowering social gatherings from 25 to 10 people. The following comments reacting to the Governor’s announcement are attributable to NFIB’s State Director Nicole Riley:

“While we appreciate that Governor Northam did not further restrict small businesses, the modified stay-at-home order will definitely reduce the number of people coming into retail shops and restaurants. For months, Virginia small businesses have gone to great lengths and great expense to keep their employees and customers safe and they will continue to do so.  However, the financial health of small businesses is becoming dire, especially those in hard-hit industries. Continued restrictions will only increase the likelihood more and more small businesses will not survive especially with no additional financial relief from either the federal or state government.”

 

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