I've been supportive of the requirements Virginia has set forth for combatting COVID but it isn't healthy or necessary for my business or for Virginia's economy to continue the requirements after COVID is beaten. As it is, I'm dismayed that the board is not keeping pace with the CDC and leaving expensive and oppressive requirements in place when even the CDC doesn't require them (such as the 2 week employee quarantine for air travel).
Virginia Small Business is dying, especially in the service and hospitality industries. I see it every time I go out, and I know it as my network of fellow business owners dwindles away. We're facing staffing shortages caused by the federal unemployment subsidy, a minimum wage increase at a time when we have no money left, and now the prospect these overwhelming disease response requirements will be made permanent. Where will Virginians work if Richmond keeps smashing us down? Don't do this to us.