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Halifax County Chamber bestows top honors online

The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce met online Thursday to name the Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Young Professional of the Year.

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Outgoing HCHS graduate Brandon Davis is the winner of the 2020 Principal’s Award

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Schools closed, limits placed on commerce

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2020
Public schools across Virginia are closed for the remainder of the school year and non-essential businesses must either close or limit the number of patrons at a time under new rules announced by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday.

The previously ordered two-week school closure was set to expire at the end of this week.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols said the MCPS Central Office staff is working out the details for how to handle high school graduation, ongoing educational needs of students, and what to do with hourly school employees while facilities are shut down. Currently, these employees are involved in ongoing food preparation, bus maintenance and facilities upkeep, Nichols said.

The governor said the new rules for business closures and limitations were set to take effect Tuesday, at 11:59 p.m. and remain in place for 30 days.

Restaurants are banned from offering dine-in services but can provide carryout, curbside pickup or delivery meals. Earlier, the governor said that any restaurant in Virginia with a valid license to sell wine and beer on-premises could sell wine and beer to go or for delivery without applying for additional permits.

The regulatory change also applies to breweries and wineries, but not distilleries. The rule change will remain in effect as long as the state of emergency continues, according to Virginia ABC.

All entertainment venues such as indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, racetracks, arcades, movie theatres, bowling alleys, museums, indoor sports facilities, recreation centers, and fitness clubs as well as personal services firms such as tanning shops, barbershops, hair salons, spas, and tattoo parlors must close.

All non-essential retail shops can remain open, but they must limit the number of patrons in the store to 10 or fewer at any one time. Several local retailers including Clarksville Furniture, Hite’s Clothing, Virginia Avenue Mall, Cottage Barn and Galleria on the Lake in Clarksville, and Lundy Layne in South Hill say they are remaining open as long as allowed, though some may modify their hours.

Bria Lundy, the owner of Lundy Layne, a South Hill home decor and gift shop, said she is also offering curbside and porch pickup for customers and accepting online payments. “I want to be here as people need me,” said Lundy, adding that she is regularly sanitizing the shop and has hand sanitizer available at the register and in the store’s restroom for use by customers coming in.

Sass & Sawdust and Memory Makers in South Hill have closed their stores to in-person shopping for now. Both shops are accepting and processing online orders, and Sass & Sawdust has curbside pick-ups on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for custom orders and activity blanks that customers can finish at home.

Memory Makers is offering free shipping to its customers, and Gavin’s House of Flowers will continue to deliver flowers, but instead of hand-to-hand deliveries, flower arrangements will be left “in a safe place” at the receiving address.

To help local businesses keep their doors open and to help customers who are practicing social distancing or self-quarantining, the South Hill Chamber of Commerce has set up a delivery service, “Our Doors to Yours.” South Hill businesses can participate by contacting chamber president Brentley Morris at (434) 774-4444 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or LaKisha Mitchell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The service will operate 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and is available to businesses or residents within the South Hill corporate limits. Participating businesses must be able to accept payments over the phone or online.

Northam’s mandate for business to close or limit the number of customers does not apply to businesses deemed essential — such as medical labs, vision retailers, home improvement stores, banks, grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, printing and office supply stores, electronics retailers that sell computers, cell phones and other communications technologies, pet shops, pharmacies, laundromats, lawn and garden retailers, automotive retailers and repair facilities, and gas stations. These establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

“This is an unprecedented situation, and it requires unprecedented actions to protect public health and save lives,” said the governor, who noted that his Executive Order also does not limit “the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks, or the operations of the media; law enforcement agencies or state and local governments.”



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