Vermont - COVID-19 Covered

Vermont

Total Cases: 2,043 (October 25)
Fatalities: 58 (October 25)
Testing:
  • A list of pop-up test sites can be found here.  
  • For information about getting tested, visit the Vermont Department of Health website. (VT DOH) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • The State has identified various critical services and functions within the health care, law enforcement, infrastructure, construction and manufacturing, lodging and news media sectors. It has deemed essential various retail operations including grocery stores, banks and hardware stores. For a detailed list, see here(March 24) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Starting Wednesday October 28, Vermont employers will be able to apply for hazard pay on behalf of their employees from 26 different business categories, including grocery storespharmacies and childcare providers. (October 23) 
  • Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Labor announced changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will reduce employers’ UI tax rates and increase the maximum weekly benefit amount for UI claimants. (June 23)  
  • Vermont released reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here 
  • The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA) released online training materials for employees and employers which can be found here.   
  • Governor Scott signed an Executive Order requiring operating businesses to: implement physical distancing, health, and sanitation measures; require employees to wear face masks; and for employers to provide – and for employees to complete – training on health and safety requirements. (April 24 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Scott announced an expansion of the state’s Economic Recovery Grants, utilizing an additional $76 million in CARES Act funds. (October 20
  • FEMA has approved Vermont’s application for a grant under the Lost Wages Assistance Program. (Augus24) 
  • Governor Scott announced his proposal for an additional $133 million in economic relief and recovery. (August 21 
  • Governor Scott announced $8 million in available grant funding to assist Vermonters with overdue utility bills. (August 18 
  • Governor Scott announced the launch of a new grant program to help mitigate operational expenses and losses for childcare providers impacted by COVID-19. (August 7 
  • Governor Scott signed a bill that codifies the current status of suspending pending and new eviction and foreclosure actions for the duration of the emergency period. (May 14 
  • Governor Scott and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak announced a multi-state initiative to secure student loan relief options for thousands of Vermonters with privately held student loans. (April 21 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Scott and the Department of Motor Vehicles announced the launch of a new online system for temporary registrations and license plates for private vehicle sales. (September 8  
  • Governor Scott announced an increase to maximum grant award for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses. (August 18 
  • Governor Scott announced expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. (August 3) 
  • Governor Scott announced that public safety, public health, health care, and human services employers whose employees worked on the front lines during COVID-19 can apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees beginning August 4. (August 3 
  • Governor Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announced $25 million in relief grants for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of COVID-19. (July 14 
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development released COVID-19 resources for businesses, including sector guidance, financial assistance, and employment information. Details can be found here 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases among ice hockey teams, Governor Scott issued an executive order freezing ice rink schedules until October 30. (October 16 
  • Governor Scott announced that the COVID-19 state of emergency has been extended to November 15. (October 15)
  • Governor Scott announced updates to bar seating guidance and lifted lodging capacity restrictions. (September 18 
  • Governor Scott extended the current COVID-19 state of emergency to September 15. (August 14 
  • As a follow up to the August 1 mask order, Governor Scott announced the state will distribute up to 300,000 cloth face coverings to the public, emergency responders, and select agencies throughout the month. (August 13) 
  • Governor Scott signed an order requiring all Vermonters to wear masks or cloth facial coverings any time they are unable to maintain a distance of at least six feet. The order is effective August 1. (July 24) 
  • Governor Scott expanded the number of states covered under Vermont’s county-by-county quarantine-free travel policy. (June 26 
  • Governor Scott announced that beginning June 26 the state will raise occupancy limits to 50% of approved occupancy size or one person per 100 square feet of customer facing space, for event venues, arts, culture and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants. (June 19 
  • Governor Scott announced restaurants and bars may reopen for indoor seating with restrictions – including limiting occupancy to 25 percent of legal capacity, enforcing social distancing between tables, and requiring customers to make reservations. Restaurants must also use disposable menus and may not permit patrons to sit at bars. (June 5) 
  • Effective June 8, interstate travel to and from New England and New York counties with 400 or fewer active COVID-19 cases per million is allowed without quarantine requirements. (June 5) 
  • Effective June 15, certain recreational sports can resume on a limited basis. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on social gatherings  currently 25 or fewer individuals. (June 8 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • The Vermont Agency of Education announced it is working to provide PPE kits for school nurses and coordinators statewide. (August 26 
  • Governor Scott signed an executive order that sets September 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools. (July 31  
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermont K-12 schools will implement a hybrid model of remote and in-person learning for fall classes. (July 20) 
  • Vermont’s Agency of Education released reopening guidelines for Vermont schools in Fall 2020. Details can be found here. (June 17 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Vermont universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Vermont State College System’s Interim Chancellor announced all state colleges will reopen in the Fall. (May 5 

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