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Loudoun Chamber Asks Board of Supervisors to Temporarily Lift Business Regulations on Outdoor Seating, Signage

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May 28, 2020
 
Loudoun Chamber Asks Board of Supervisors to Temporarily Lift Business Regulations on Outdoor Seating, Signage

Chamber sends formal request to Board of Supervisors to temporarily allow for expanded patios, waive temporary sign permitting during Phased Reopening
 
Lansdowne, VA – The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is asking the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to temporarily suspend certain regulations to help Loudoun’s hardest hit businesses and employees begin the process of reopening, as some COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted across the Commonwealth. 

Specifically, the Chamber is seeking approval to allow the expansion of outdoor restaurant seating into parking lots throughout the County.  This would allow almost all restaurants to have the option of reopening during Phase I. Restaurants without patio seating are not permitted to welcome dine-in patrons until Phase II.

Secondly, the Chamber is asking the Board to waive the requirement for temporary sign permits.  Through this waiver, all temporary signs that are of a legal size and set back would not require a permit. 

“For the past 11 weeks, many Loudoun County’s businesses and their employees have paid the greatest price for the restrictions imposed to help halt the spread of COVID-19. Now, as these businesses begin to enter the first Phase of reopening, they need the County’s help to reverse the economic damage done by this pandemic,” said Chamber President & CEO, Tony Howard.

Howard noted that easing restrictions won’t immediately bring employees and customers back. “Nor will it ease the fears of a populace that has been told to “stay at home” since mid-March. But by implementing these temporary measures, the Board of Supervisors can begin to thank the many locally owned businesses who have made significant sacrifices to support the health and safety of our entire community,” Howard added.

The Loudoun Chamber is seeking that these temporary waivers be authorized as soon as possible and continued until state guidelines allow for 100% capacity within a business.
 
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