COVID-19   RESOURCES
COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION FOR VERMONT BUSINESSES

The following resources and information will continue to be updated as warranted.  If you are looking for any kind of resource or information that is not provided below, or if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at info@aivt.org.

For the latest news and alerts, click here.  Included in the most recent news and alerts at this link are:

  • New Guidance and Resources Page for Manufacturers from CDC and OSHA.  May 15

  • Follow Up on Friday’s Guidance for Manufacturers and Others Resuming Operations.  May 4

  • Expanded Guidance and Criteria for Restarting and Continuing Manufacturing and other Business Operations.  May 1


AIV SURVEYS 

Please take a moment to review and complete, as warranted, the surveys below.  They will help us serve your needs and the needs of Vermont and the country during this crisis.  If you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org. 

Identifying Current and Potentially Convertible Suppliers of Critical Products and Services 

Survey of COVID-19 Impacts, Needs, Questions, and Recommendations 


RESTARTING AND CONTINUING BUSINESS OPERATIONS

 

The Governor May 1 announced further guidance for restarting manufacturing and other business operations.  The new guidance allows for non-critical/essential manufacturing operations to expand beyond the previously announced 5 employee limit per location to 10 employees starting May 4, and no employee cap starting May 11, while still requiring compliance with distancing and other operational criteria, including mandatory training provided by VOSHA. 

As a reminder, the guidance includes criteria for non-critical/essential businesses to resume operations, but it also includes guidelines for distancing, monitoring, and training that applies to all operating businesses, including critical/essential businesses that have already been operating. 

State Guidance and Required Training 

To review the updated state guidance, click here for the overview of requirements and steps from ACCD.  You can click here for the mandatory VOSHA training, which is required for current and restarting operations as of May 4.  Please note that some online material might not be fully up to date, such as clarifications on allowing daily commuting for employees who live out of state.  Be sure to review the FAQ provided here, sector guidance here, and if you have any questions about specific requirements and issues, contact us at info@aivt.org

Again, all employers should review these guidelines and the VOSHA training.  For those currently operating or planning on resuming operations under the guidance, we strongly encourage you to share any questions, concerns, and recommendations regarding either the criteria or the training.  You can contact us at info@aivt.org. 

Manufacturing Guidance and Resources 

To help provide guidance and best practices for manufacturing, AIV and other stakeholders collaborated with VMEC and the RestartVT Task Force to develop this guidance and planning document you can review clicking here (if you have problems with this link, contact us at info@aivt.org for a copy).  This document, which might be periodically updated, will provide criteria, guidance, and resources for manufacturers to work through successive phases of restarting and expanding operations.  Similar documents for other sectors will also be available and we will provide links when they are, or you can check the main ACCD page linked above. 

Additional Guidance 

Below are selected resources for restarting and continuing operations – links to these and other selected resources are also available in the manufacturing guidance document above, as well as the VOSHA training documents above.  Additional resources will continue to be posted. 

As we continue to add additional guidance and resources, keep in mind that general guidance and best practices from federal agencies and third-party organizations and professionals should still be followed within the guidance and criteria required by the state of Vermont. 

PPE and other Resources Needed for Compliance 

The need for referral information and possibly state assistance for supplies of masks, other PPE, thermometers, and cleaning supplies and services is a critical issue for businesses currently operating and those looking to restart and expand operations.  AIV is engaging with state authorities and other stakeholders to address these issues.  In the meantime, below are two resources for cleaning services and face masks.  If you have sources you can refer for these items or other supplies and services, or if you can supply them directly, please let us know at info@aivt.org and we will work to update and share this information. 

VTRGA list of cleaning services:  click here 

VEM list of mask suppliers:  click here 

Feedback Needed from Vermont Employers 

AIV is continuing to reach out to check in with as many Vermont companies and other organizations as we can to see how they are doing under the current circumstances, including what their current status is, what their needs and questions might be, etc.  As Vermont moves forward with reopening and expansion of business operations, your feedback on this process and your needs and recommendations are especially important. 

If you have a moment to fill out the survey below, as completely as you are willing and able, it would be greatly appreciated and will help us identify ways to assist both you and others in similar circumstances.  This survey is completely confidential: 

Survey of COVID-19 Impacts, Needs, Questions, and Recommendations

 


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
 

Information and Resources for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program

Information and Resources for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The SBA Vermont District Office is hosting a free webinar from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Mondays through Fridays, to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance. Join online clicking here or call (202) 765-1264 and enter the code 470177937# when prompted.

In addition, you can get information and resources for contacting lenders and regional business assistance providers (click here for more) for alternative loan products and funding sources as well as access to free technical assistance for help navigating options currently available including:

  • The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help assist to keep up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan.

  • The SBA Express Bridge Loans may enable small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

  • Businesses that have been severely impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) may qualify for two New Employer Tax Credits – the Credit for Sick and Family Leave and the Employee Retention Credit.

  


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RESOURCES

Unemployment Insurance and related issues are among the most pressing concerns for employers during this crisis. We strongly recommend that employers review the resources and contact information available from the Department of Labor's COVID-19 website, starting by clicking here.
   
   

KEY STATE AGENCY AND PARTNER  RESOURCES

 
Agency of Commerce and Community Development

ACCD is a leading state agency for centralizing resources for Vermont employers and providing or referring questions and assistance.  Employers should review their resources, several of which we have featured on our page here. 

 

Department of Labor

Unemployment Insurance and related issues are among the most pressing concerns for employers during this crisis.  We strongly recommend that employers review the resources and contact information available from the Department of Labor's COVID-19 website, starting by clicking here.
 

Department of Taxes

Information for taxpayers from the Department of Taxes. A set of COVID-19 FAQs is also available online. 

 

Agency of Natural Resources

ANR information and resources can be found clicking here.  For direction for the public to connect to ANR staff and guidance for Regulated Entities and Permitees, including information to contact regional offices, click here.

 

Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Information on COVID-19 for farms, agricultural businesses, farm markets and service providers from the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The Agency is collecting information via an on-line form on emerging issues in agricultural and food industries.

 

Department of Financial Regulation

Information related to changes in regulatory business practices or assistance as it pertains to Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department of Financial Regulation can be found clicking here.

 

Secretary of State

Guidance from the Vermont Secretary of State, including:

Office of Professional Regulation

Corporations and Business Services
 

Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Guidance for employers and employees from the Office of the Vermont Attorney General, including a workplace guidance document: COVID-19 Pandemic Resources for Vermont Employers and Employees.

 

Department of Public Safety

Guidance on enforcement of ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ executive order from the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

 

Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC)

VtSBDC combines one-on-one confidential advising with training programs to give clients the tools and insight they need to reach their business goals. They can assist with startup planning, financing, sales/marketing, growth strategies, financial management, and operations.  Click here for VtSBDC's COVID-19 website.

 

Vermont Economic Development Authority

Click here for VEDA's website.

   

OTHER COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

 

VMEC Resources

IRS:  Coronavirus Tax Relief Information 

CDC:  COVID-19 Overview 

VDH:  Vermont COVID-19 Overview 

NAM COVID-19 Resources 

 


BEST PRACTICES

 

CDC:  Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers 

OSHA:  Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 

OSHA:  COVID-19 Information and Prevention 

HHS/CDC:  Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

CDC:  Pandemic Preparedness Planning For U.S. Businesses With Overseas Operations

Getting Ahead of the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Checklist for Multinational Employers

FEMA:  Every Business Should Have A Plan. 12-page Booklet 

DHS:  Business Continuity Plan 

EEOC:  Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act

VtSBDC:  Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses

 

CONTENTS


LATEST NEWS AND ALERTS

AIV SURVEYS

RESTARTING AND CONTINUING OPERATIONS

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RESOURCES

STATE AGENCY AND PARTNER RESOURCES

  • ACCD
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Taxes
  • Agency of Natural Resources
  • Agency of Agriculture
  • Department of Financial Regulation
  • Secretary of State
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Department of Public Safety
  • VtSBDC
  • VEDA

OTHER UPDATES AND RESOURCES

BEST PRACTICES