COVID-19 Information

Virginia Forward Phase One Business Sector Guidelines

Linked below are the Safer at Home: Phase One guidelines for all business sectors provided by the Governor Ralph Northam.


Rocky Mount Town Council Elections:

The Town of Rocky Mount has four candidates running for three town council seats on May 5th. In order to #stopthespread of Covid-19 Virginia has extended absentee voting to every voter.

Simply select "social distancing" and then "My disability or illness" when applying for your absentee ballot online.

The deadline to vote absentee by mail is April 28, so please don't delay.


April 3, 2020 - Virginia Health Department officials now indicate the Roanoke region is seeing sustained community transmission of COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases has risen to a larger level. VDH reports we are in a place in Southwestern Virginia in particular where we are seeing many of the new cases are related to other activities, in addition to travel. VDH advises that Franklin County is at a place where we are calling the transmission of COVID-19 a sustained community transmission. The definition of that is when there is greater than five cases, not including family members, acquired in the community. Please note as of today, there are approximately 10 confirmed cases in Franklin County which is one of the higher reporting amounts in our region. 

Please access the complete Public Information Advisory below:


April 1, 2020 - Shentel is offering new programs and incentives during the Coronavirus pandemic to help people access the internet.  Shentel is working hard to be flexible and help people stay connected.  Please access this link for more information.

March 30, 2020Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

March 16, 2020 - In order to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, payments and applications for service or permits are only accepted at the Town of Rocky Mount's drive-thru window or by calling 540-483-5243.

Rocky Mount Businesses Adjusted Services:

Our Rocky Mount businesses are open to serve you.  Some however, are implementing adjusted services for the time being.  Follow the link below for a full list:


Franklin County Covid-19 Business Resources:

The Coronavirus is not just a health issue, but also an economic issue for businesses throughout the County, state, and nation. The news and impact of the health crisis is changing by the hour and local businesses are being inundated with information from a wide variety of sources, both trustworthy and not so trustworthy. For this reason, the Franklin County Office of Economic Development, the Towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill, the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Franklin Center have joined forces to provide a centralized location for community businesses to go for the latest information on the outbreak and how it affects us all. This page is intended to be a one-stop destination for information on all things COVID-19 for businesses throughout the County, Towns, and Lake.