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Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the City of Lynchburg is working under minimal staffing operations. Those staff who can work from home, are working from home. City Hall and the Office of Economic Development and Tourism remain open, however, we do request that you call first and do as much business remotely as possible. If an in person visit is needed, we can arrange that with you on a case by case basis.
Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam declares Stay at Home Order
For the most recent updates to City of Lynchburg policy, including information specific to businesses and the hospitality industry, please see here: City Manager Announces Temporary Policy Changes
Health and Business Information:
Coronavirus Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance – Resources to aid your business and employees
Visit Lynchburg – Ideas to Get Through COVID-19: Restaurant Info, Virtual Experiences & Industry Resource Links
Message from Mayor Treney Tweedy:
On Thursday, March 12, 2020 the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam, declared a state of emergency for the state. Further, there is now a mandate that gatherings be kept to 10 people or under at this time. Because of this, the way many of our employers do business has changed drastically in the matter of a day. This is difficult and different for everyone, but we know this is a time to stay where we are for the health of our nation.
So during this time of social distancing, we encourage you to keep patronizing your local restaurants, shops and small businesses, but do so online. Many of our restaurants are utilizing curbside pickup and delivery options. The Lynchburg Community Market now has an outdoor produce stand available, and some of the vendors are able to do online ordering and pick up or delivery. Our small business community is working hard to supply you with products via online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery and/or shipping options. Lynchburg is still open for business!!
Though we are sequestering ourselves at home, you can shop online, get out for some fresh air or go for a drive in the safety of your car. Any of these options means you can still patronize our local businesses! Let’s support each other during this time, promote our amazing business community, and see Lynchburg grow stronger together … albeit from a distance.
Sending you a virtual elbow bump. Stay healthy! #OpenforBusiness