Virginia business advocates caution against permanent coronavirus regulations considered by state

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.

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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.


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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

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