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Coronavirus: Task force formed by governor to figure out how to reopen businesses in the state

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Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday a group of leaders participating in the state’s COVID-19 Business Task Force, which will continue to provide advice and guidance to the Cabinet “on a safe, responsible strategy for easing restrictions on businesses and individuals.”

Members include Christy Coleman, executive director of Jamestown Yorktown Foundation Inc. and Terri Vander Vennet, interim director of Hampton Coliseum.

The task force consists of representatives from a variety of Virginia industries, scales, geographies, and backgrounds across the state, including restaurants, breweries, wineries, small and large retailers, fitness centers, hair salons, barber shops, spas and estheticians, museums, hospitality groups, campgrounds, and entertainment venues.

Here’s a full list:

  • Chad Ballard, Cherrystone Campground, Cape Charles
  • Katy Brown, Barter Theatre, Abington
  • Josh Chapman, Black Narrows Brewing, Chincoteague
  • Jenny Crittenden, Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, Gloucester
  • Patrick Crute, Virginia Alliance of YMCAs, Statewide
  • Christy Coleman, Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg
  • David Foster, High Point Barber Shop, Richmond
  • Angelyn Glasgow, Nu Image Salon, Blackstone
  • George Hodson, Veritas Vineyard, Afton
  • Lester Johnson, Mama J’s Restaurant, Richmond
  • Franky Marchard, Volvo, Pulaski
  • Owen Matthews, Kings Dominion, Doswell
  • Bill Meyer, Meyer Fitness, Norfolk
  • Brian Moore, Amazon, Arlington/Alexandria
  • Brooke Mueller, Walmart, Statewide
  • Jon Norton, Great American Restaurants, Arlington/Fairfax
  • Alex Nyerges, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
  • Chris Ray, Center of the Universe Brewing, Ashland
  • Dee Suarez-Diaz, ReNuew Wellness Spa LLC, Manassas
  • Warren Thompson, Thompson Hospitality, Reston
  • Bruce Thompson, Gold Key PHR, Virginia Beach
  • Laura Todd, Institute of Advanced Medical Aesthetics, Ashland
  • Terri Vander Vennet, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton

In addition to the task force, Northam and his administration have continued to consult with numerous businesses, labor, public health, trade, and professional organizations, according to a news release from Northam’s office.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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