City of Waynesboro COVID-19 Resources Page

Executive Order 53 Closing Businesses and Banning Large Gatherings

Governor Ralph Northam released an executive order temporarily closing non-essential businesses and banning meetings of more than 10 people. The order takes effect Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM and lasts until Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 PM. It applies to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Executive Order 53

Text of Executive Order 53

Public Health

The official source for news and statistics on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Virginia is the Virginia Department of Health’s coronavirus page.

Financial Assistance/Job Security

Have you been laid off or furloughed due to business closures? You can apply for unemployment insurance here at the Virginia Employment Commission. Governor Northam has directed that the one week waiting period and requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended beginning March 15th.

Small Business 

If you’re a business in need of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, you can apply for one through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For help applying, contact the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center.


The IRS has extended the federal filing deadline for income tax to July 15th.

Virginia’s income tax filing deadline is still May 1st, but several tax payment deadlines have been extended.

Daycare Assistance

Child Care information is available from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Mental Health

The CDC has information on mental health related to the crisis, including hotlines for those in danger of self-harm or domestic violence.

Housing and Utility Support

For questions related to electricity, see Dominion energy’s coronavirus page.


If you are unable to afford health coverage, you may qualify for assistance from Medicaid, including coverage for testing and treatment of coronavirus.