GREATER WILLIAMSBURG CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

 

 

Visit Williamsburg is working closely with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, U.S. Travel Association, and local tourism suppliers and partners in order to best support and serve our community and area visitors. Visit Williamsburg is working to gather and distribute the most accurate and timely information which will be posted here as the situation develops. 

 

CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT

U.S. Travel Association 

The U.S. Travel Association has created detailed documents that outline important and relevant pieces of information that will soon be available for the industry within the CARES Act. Details of the bill and eligibility for aid can be found here, or use this guide to help navigate which part of the CARES Act applies to your organization, including an overview for small business owners.  

While it may take several days for the federal government and key agencies to work through the details of the package, these documents can serve as a foundation to better understand the types of relief that will be available as well as help answer any impending questions: 

 

GOV. NORTHAM'S MARCH 30 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for Virginia’s 8.5 million residents through June 10 as the official number of COVID-19 cases has exceeded 1,000, just three weeks after the state reported its first case. Virginians can leave their homes for essential reasons only. The executive order, which outlines what is deemed essential, can be found here.

 

TRIPADVISOR

In an effort to support area businesses, Tripadvisor has offered to place “temporarily closed” notifications on listings within its platform.  Such notifications cannot be customized or processed through the Tripadvisor self-service management platform, however those businesses that wish to alert the Tripadvisor community of a temporary closure are encouraged to complete this Google Form.   

 

Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week, March 30 - April 5

In an effort to support restaurants offering takeout, curbside pick-up, and no-contact delivery in communities across the Commonwealth, please visit the Williamsburg Restaurant Association website here for a complete listing of participating Williamsburg restaurants.

 

American Hotel and Lodging Association Launches  "Hotels for Hope" Initiative

More than 6,500 hotels located near medical facilities throughout the nation will offer housing to health care workers and first responders battling the coronavirus outbreak under an initiative launched by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

 

 

VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION (VTC) 

VTC continues to provide ongoing communications to educate and inform the Commonwealth’s tourism industry. For a quick reference on the most recent communication, please see below.

For the latest information from VTC visit: https://www.vatc.org/coronavirus.

 

VIRGINIA RESTAURANT, LODGING, & TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (VRLTA)

VRLTA, a unified voice for restaurant, lodging, travel, and hospitality suppliers associations, is providing up-to-date news and factual information about COVID-19, its spread, and the impact on travel and hospitality.  

 

U.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION RESOURCES

 

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The U.S. Small Business Administration declared Virginia along with the rest of the country a disaster area in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak on March 18.  

For information and to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) visit DisasterLoan.sba.gov. All applications and loan decisions will be SBA-direct, funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury. 

Links to valuable information for small businesses:

For the latest information from the Small Business Administration click here.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Guidance and information from each of the Historic Triangle’s municipalities can be found below. 

 

GUIDANCE FOR TRAVELERS

Visit Williamsburg recommends following guidance from the CDC regarding travel within the United States. Please click here for more information.

Last Updated:  3/30/20