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VBRA COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Cross State Travel Information

Find the latest travel-related information and quarantine guidelines, and frequently asked questions.

Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Supplemental Award Program - 

Previously, businesses could receive up to $50,000 in grant funds. Now, businesses in eligible sectors can receive up to an additional $100,000 in grant funding, for a total of $150,000 from the program. More info here. Click here for guidelines.

August 21, 2020: Governor Phil Scott announced his proposal for an additional $133 million in economic relief and recovery, using funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act.  As with previous proposals the Governor and his administration will work with the legislature to bring further relief to Vermonters and Vermont businesses.  

Reopening and Training Plans. 

Click here for a sector-based plan you can customize for your business. 

What do I do if my employee tests positive for COVID-19?

Click below

Effective June 26, event, arts, culture and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants can expand capacity for events and dining to 50% of approved occupancy size. This change will allow for indoor events of up to 75 people and outdoor organized events of up to 150 people.

Friday,  May 29th - Governor increases limit on social gatherings to 25 people; No changes to construction sector guidelines.

The new gathering cap cannot be used to expand capacity at businesses (see below for retail capacity). 

Also, close-contact businesses will be allowed to open June 1st - this includes indoor fitness centers, massage therapists, nail salons, spas,

home maintenance and cleaning.

The Be Smart, Stay Safe orders change frequently and can always be found HERE. Newest changes are in red.

June 4 - US Senate approves PPP Flexibility Act.

The legislation will greatly increase the likelihood that a large percentage of a borrower’s PPP loan will be forgiven.

If you haven't applied for PPP,  with these changes, now is a good time to consider if the program will work for you:

-- Extends the "covered period" from 8 to 24 weeks.

-- The requirement that 75% of funds be used for payroll in order to have forgiveness is lowered to 60%.

-- Extends the June 30th "re-hire" deadline to December 31, 2020.

-- For new loans, the term period is extended from 2 years to 5 years. 

As of Friday, May 22nd, construction on interior occupied structures is now allowed.  

  • When working inside inhabited buildings, businesses are encouraged to create a plan that includes: scheduling work when occupants are not present; isolating barriers between work and occupied spaces; ventilation; dedicated entrances; separate washing and toilet facilities and disinfection of all common surfaces.  Wearing of face masks and maintaining six feet of social distancing are mandatory.
  • The construction sector may operate with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the  mandatory health and safety requirements. Businesses that ceased operations for 7 or more days during the state of emergency and have more than 10 employees at any one site must complete a restart and training plan.  All employees are required to complete VOSHA online health and safety training.

For our Retail Partners -  

Effective May 18, non-essential retail operations are limited to 25% of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must post their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances.

To assist with the posting of this information, please refer to the Maximum Retail Occupant Load Calculator and "Limited Capacity Permitted" poster.

Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Resource Center 

Department of Labor

COVID-19 Updates

Financial Assistance

Resource  page

Reopening and Training Plans. 

Click here for a sector-based plan you can customize for your business.

VOSHA Health and Safety Training for All of Your Employees - 

Click here. 

$400 million Vermont Economic Recovery and Relief Package.


Sector Guidance

Latest rules and guidance specific to construction here.

Download Refusal to Return to Work form at DOL.

Important action for employers here. 

SBA Payroll Protection Program 

(PPP) Start here.

Restart Vermont Resources.

Start here for a road map on how to restart your business. 

Download Workers Comp guidance from the Department of Financial Regulation here.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Start here.

Custom plan for you business! 

Contact VBRA member 

Katie Frederick with ASC for a COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness & Response Plan tailored for your business!

NEW!   Instructions for PPP loan forgiveness. Click Here!

 Jobsite Safety

Our friends at Gordon's Window Decor have begun re-purposing cellular shade material to produce comfortable masks for personal use (NOT medical grade). Click HERE for more info!


Download sample employee notification letter of potential contamination.


Click here for COVID-19 construction site safety signs.




VBRA COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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