DUBLIN, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam created the COVID-19 Business Task Force to seek advice on how to safely and responsibly create guidelines for businesses to reopen.
Southwest Virginia has a seat at the virtual table in the form of Franky Marchand, the vice president and general manager at Volvo Trucks Dublin plant. He said he was excited to get the call to join the governor’s new task force.
"It’s a privilege. It’s an honor. So I said, ‘Yeah sure, why not? What do you need?’” Marchand said.
The task force has two dozen members who represent different industries in Virginia: manufacturing, salons, theaters, fitness centers, restaurants, wineries, etc.
Their task is to advise the governor on how to ease restrictions on businesses, which could differ for companies that work with directly with the public and those that don’t.
“We’ve been comparing what matters to each one of our businesses,” Marchand said. “You have to look for the solution and try it and be open to constantly changing. And get the feedback of people: This is what works; this doesn’t work as well, and what else can we do,” Marchand said.
Another task force member is George Hodson of Veritas Winery in Nelson County.