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Industry Partner Resources

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to Virginia and Martinsville - Henry County. Our top priority is the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors. This is a rapidly evolving situation that changes by the hour and there is a lot of uncertainty. We are providing you resources below for your business and employees; Please forward to any colleagues in the industry that you feel would benefit from this information.

Assistance Opportunities for Tourism Businesses:

Martinsville - Henry County Specific Updates:

  • The Martinsville - Henry County Visitor Center will be closed to the public until Friday, May 1, 2020. Staff will still be working so feel free to call at 276.632.8006 or email Jeff Alderman (jalderman@yesmartinsville.com) or Kelly Rowland (krowland@yesmartinsville.com).
  • City of Martinsville updates located on their website here. 
  • Henry County updates located on their website and Facebook. 
  • Patrick Henry Community College will be transitioning to online. Please visit their website and Facebook for continuing updates.
  • New College Institute updates located on their website here. 
  • Henry County Public Schools website and Facebook. Closed 
  • Martinsville City Public Schools website and Facebook.  Closed 
  • As this situation evolves, check our blog and with event organizers directly on events that may be impacted or postponed. 

Links with factual updates:

  • The most up-to-date information for Virginia is located at the Virginia Department of Health Website.
  • The most up-to-date information on a federal level is available on the CDC’s website here.

Best practices:

Many of our large Accommodations receive guidance from corporate as to the proper sanitization and disinfecting protocol during times like this. For others, follow CDC guidance located here. Ensure you clean items including (but not limited to): door handles, telephones, toilets, light switches, remote controls, blowdryers, HVAC controls, faucet handles, and other surfaces frequently. Link to ECOLab’s full guidance for Hospitality [download PDF].
 
Restaurants may consider moving items touched by consumers to behind the counter. This keeps customers from touching multiple cups, coffee lids, straws, utensils, and other items and the potential spread of germs where multiple items are handled. By handing one to a customer it may help the spread of germs. Also offering a separate new cup for a refill may be feasible. A link to ServSafe’s Coronavirus information is located here.  More resources as they become available for restaurants by the National Restaurant’s Association are online at this link. Ecolab has industry-specific information online here. Link to Restaurants [download PDF]; link to Hospitality [download PDF]; link to Food & Beverage Industry [download PDF].

Airbnb and VRBO
-Airbnb and VRBO Guidance for hosts and guests.

Posters:
There are a number of informational posters for Coronavirus on the CDC’s website hereCOVID-19
   

General guidance:

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the Department of Health always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Covering your cough or sneezing with a tissue, then disposing of the issue
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 
Find all updated Communications from Gov. Ralph Northam.

Please follow the Virginia Department of Health page for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your time and your concern for the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community.
 
Disclaimer: 
The information contained herein is provided informational purposes only and should not be construed as expert professional advice on any subject matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without seeking legal or other professional advice from the appropriate resource(s).