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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 9, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Virginia, we recommend that you visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia portal, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's State Resources list or the USDA's COVID-19 Waivers & Flexibilities for Virginia.

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Description of Program and Relief

Emergency Temporary Standard – Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic

Virginia adopted statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic mandating certain personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board approved this emergency temporary standard (ETS), which will remain in effect for six months and can be made permanent under a process set forth in state law. Training and outreach products are being developed and will be made available to covered employers, employees, and the general public as soon as they are available.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Virginia Governor

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

Dates Available

The ETS will take immediate effect upon publication in a newspaper of general circulation, published in the City of Richmond, Virginia, which is expected to occur the week of July 27, 2020.

Covered employers will be given 60 days from the effective date of the ETS to develop and train employees on their infectious disease preparedness and response plan pursuant to § 16 VAC 25‐220‐70 and 30 days to train employees on the standard set forth under § 16 VAC 25‐220‐80. These provisions in the ETS can be found here.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions


Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky,

List of Additional Information

For additional information, please click here.

To view the Emergency Temporary Standard, please click here.

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