Virginia Poised to Keep Permanent COVID-19 Regulations with Some Changes

Date: July 01, 2021

As mentioned in a previous article, Governor Northam requested the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board meet by the end of June to consider repealing the permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regulations when the State of Emergency is lifted.

Unfortunately, at this week’s meeting on Tuesday June 29th, it was apparent the Governor and his Administration is only prepared to amend the current permanent regulations related to COVID-19 and the workplace.    


NFIB Virginia State Director Nicole Riley testified at the virtual board meeting with NFIB’s request that the Virginia Safety & Health Codes Board repeal the entire permanent standard, provide clear guidance on compliance with OSHA and CDC and provide employers with safe harbor for compliance with OSHA and CDC.


If the Board does not intend to repeal the entire permanent and replace it with a simple OSHA and CDC compliance requirement with employer safe harbor, NFIB along with our Coalition partners will petition the Board to comply with the full Virginia Administrative Process Act requirements to ensure participation by the public including small businesses.

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