Businesses Open During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Goochland County Economic Development Department recognizes the need to support our local businesses during these difficult times.

Here is a list* of local businesses and restaurants still operating. Please contact Goochland County Economic Development at goochlandforbusiness@goochlandva.us or 804-556-5862 to add or remove your business from this list. 

Restaurants & FOOD & Beverage

Retail & Service

*This list is not inclusive. Please contact the business directly to make sure they are still open. 

Below is a list of businesses that are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • DriveShack
  • Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro
  • Satterwhite’s
  • Sunset Grill

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses

The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

Recreation and Entertainment Businesses

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
  • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

In-Door or seated Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments

All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:

  • Restaurants;
  • Dining establishments;
  • Food courts;
  • Farmers markets;
  • Breweries;
  • Microbreweries;
  • Distilleries;
  • Wineries; and
  • Tasting rooms.


The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
  • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
  • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
  • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
  • Pet stores and feed stores;
  • Printing and office supply stores; and
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

All essential retail 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. 

Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.

Additional Guidance

Professional businesses not listed above must utilize telework as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including CDC, OSHA, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Nothing in Executive Order Fifty-Three limits the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; the operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.

The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here. Additional guidance and a Frequently Asked Questions guide can be found here.

Six ways to still support our local businesses.

1. Order Takeout or Delivery

Your favorite Goochland restaurants may still be open and many of them offering takeout or delivery options. 

2. If You Must Shop, Shop Local Businesses 

If you must shop for essential items, shop local. Many local businesses may have better selections and more options available than their larger counterparts.  

3. Use Credit or Debit Cards

When you do go shopping, use a credit or debit card instead of cash. Paper money and coins pass through so many hands and carry all types of germs. Limiting the amount of cash you use can help limit the spread of those germs.

4. Stay Home if You’re Sick

Don’t put others at risk if you’re sick. That seems like common sense, but consider using a delivery service, family, or a friend if there’s something you really need. Many of the small businesses in our community are working hard to get through this. The last thing they need is for their employees to get sick because a customer went out when they shouldn’t have.

5. Be Patient

In many cases, businesses are working at a dramatically reduced capacity. There’s a good chance that you’ll experience longer waits or encounter out-of-stock items.

6. Say Thank You

When you do go to the store to buy what you need be sure to say thanks to the employees. It can be easy to forget that many of those employees are working overtime to keep their store clean and full of the food and supplies customers need.

Originally posted on March 16, 2020 by Jason Aten on Inc. This Morning

Modified for use by Goochland County Economic Development