Henrico County is offering technical support, streamlining its processes, and covering certain permit fees to help businesses reopen safely under the Commonwealth’s Forward Virginia guidelines.



On Tuesday, May 19 at 2 p.m. the county and the Henrico Economic Development Authority (EDA) are hosting a virtual town hall to discuss how the restaurant and retail businesses should prepare to expand or resume services. The forum will include John Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager; Anthony Romanello, Henrico EDA Executive Director; Joe Emerson, Henrico County Director of Planning; and more local and state officials.

Registration is available online.



The Henrico Department of Planning, in collaboration with the EDA and the Henrico Health District, is assisting restaurants in establishing temporary outdoor dining areas with a tent or other structure as allowed under the Phase One guidelines. Depending on the business’s plans, restaurants may need to secure county approvals for a site layout and a building permit, as well as receive other approvals from the Health District and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. In addition, the EDA will cover permit fees associated with the temporary structures required for outdoor dining and other outdoor retail during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

More information and contact info are available here.