The Virginia business community is cautioning the state about the economic effect of making its COVID-19-era regulations permanent, which will be discussed Wednesday during a Safety and Health Codes Board meeting.
Virginia became the first state to add temporary COVID-19-related regulations to the books about two-and-a-half months ago, which included face mask, social distancing, training and record-keeping requirements. Business advocates have said the regulations have made it more difficult to operate in conjunction with the other economic restrictions imposed on businesses during the pandemic.
The Virginia Business Coalition, which represents 33 business groups, opposes permanent standards. Nicole Riley, the Virginia State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, which is a member of the coalition, said the pandemic is ever-changing and permanent requirements remove flexibility.
“As scientists study COVID-19, the information is ever-changing on how it spreads and how best to