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Current News

New Guidance May 29, 2020: Governor Scott announced new guidance for close contact businesses, overnight summer camps, arts and culture, flea markets, pick your own operations, and more. The guidance also raises the gathering limit from 10 people to 25 people. Read the ACCD memo for full details.

May 22, 2020: Governor Scott announced that hair salons and barber shops may reopen May 29th with limited operations. Religious facilities and places of worship may also reopen at 25% capacity following mandatory health and safety requirements. Read the ACCD memo for full details.

May 20, 2020: ACCD issued guidance enabling restaurants to offer limited outdoor service starting May 22nd. The guidance allows dining to occur in accordance with mandatory health and safety practices outlined in the Work Safe guidelines.

Events and Top Requested Resources

Updated Sector Guidance

Be sure to check back periodically for any new updates to sector guidance information on the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order.    The newest updates will be marked in red.

Economic Recovery and Relief Package Webinar Recordings Available

ACCD hosted a series of webinars over the last week to explain the proposed $400 million dollar economic recovery and relief package and answer questions from impacted sectors. Recordings of those webinars will be posted as they are available.

Restart Plan Templates Available

Restart plan templates are now available for constructiongolf coursesgyms and fitness centersmanufacturing, distribution and warehousingreal estate sales and leasingrestaurants; and retail establishments. These plans can help businesses establish best practices as they reopen and train employees on safety precautions and protocols.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Now Available

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for applying. Additional guidance from SBA for borrowers and lenders is forthcoming.

Working Lands Grants Available

The Working Lands Enterprise Board has announced COVID-19 Response Business Development Grants for agriculture and forestry businesses to maintain operations while increasing capacity to rebuild and/or recover. The application period closes on May 31, 2020.

Public Right of Way Guidance

ACCD worked with VTrans to provide guidance on the use of public rights of way for restaurants and retail businesses. The guidance lays out considerations and steps to ensure social distancing to enable a wider restart of retail operations and restaurants, in a way that does not increase the risk of auto-related injuries, addresses pedestrian safety and accessibility, and shares items towns and businesses should consider when using the street during these times.

Water Quality Checks at Reopening Businesses

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding businesses that are reopening to check, and if needed, flush their water systems to ensure the best water quality for employees or patrons.  DEC has issued guidance to help businesses ensure their systems are functioning properly upon restart of operations.

Department of Labor Launches New Unemployment Program

The new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance claim. Individuals will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through the week ending July 25, 2020.

Local Food in Your Community Program

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has launched Local Food in Your Community Program for projects that support and strengthen collaboration between communities and local producers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period for these grants closes on June 30, 2020.

USDA Direct Assistance to Farmers

The USDA announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through August 28th. Producers of all eligible commodities can apply through their local FSA office.

The COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap for Your Business

ACCD and the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) hosted a virtual town hall for small business owners. State Director Linda Rossi and Area Business Advisor and Disaster Recovery Specialist Debra Boudrieau walked business owners through VtSBDC’s COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap designed to aid businesses’ individual response to COVID-19 and to develop specific action steps.

Estimated Tax Penalties and Interest Waived

The Department of Taxes has waived penalties and interest for estimated income tax payments originally due June 15, 2020 so long as they are paid by July 15, 2020. This relief applies to Vermont personal income tax, corporate and business/pass-through income tax, and fiduciary and estate income tax.

Childcare and Summer Camp Guidance

The Vermont Department of Health, Agency of Education and Department for Children and Families issued new guidance surrounding the reopening of childcare programs, summer programs and after school programs. Stipends to childcare and day camp operators are available to assist in reopening by helping defer the cost of COVID-19 related expenses.

State Parks Preparing to Reopen

Vermont's state parks will open this summer but will not offer overnight camping until June 25th and will be cancelling all reservations prior to that date. Park attendance limits will be reduced, and parks will not offer equipment rentals or concessions this summer. Day use visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for their visit as common area picnic tables and seating will be removed.

Survey for Retailers on COVID Impacts

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association asks all retail business owners throughout the state to fill out a brief survey. The results will be used to assess the current impact of COVID-19 on Vermont businesses and to inform public policy in the state.

VDOL Virtual Town Hall on Employee Health & Safety

The Department of Labor hosted a virtual town hall for workers and employers about VOSHA and CDC guidance to protect Vermont workers as workplaces open, including training materials developed by VOSHA.

Weekly Q&A Webinar for Municipalities

A weekly question and answer webinar with Deputy Secretary Ted Brady covers best practices, new tools, and resources for municipalities on the ACCD website. This event is jointly hosted by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) and ACCD.

Survey for Creative Sector Recovery

The Vermont Arts Council is looking for feedback from the creative sector regarding needs, response, and recovery. Businesses and arts organizations can take this survey to provide input.

Resources for Vermont's Creative Sector

The COVID-19 outbreak brings particularly uncertain and challenging times for Vermont's creative sector, and the Vermont Arts Council is working to enable artists and arts and culture organizations to respond effectively. Visit the Council's COVID-19 Resource Page to find information about special funding opportunities, recovery and response events for the creative sector, and how to stay connected through virtual art experiences while social distancing, and more.

Reimagining the Role of Arts Organizations

The Community Engagement Lab is offering a series of forums for artists, instructors, and arts organizations to explore how arts organizations can reestablish themselves in and after the pandemic. The forums will be open to the public and will feature panels of artists and arts leaders in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities facing the arts field.

Additional Arts Recovery Funding

The Vermont Arts Council has opened an additional round of Artist Development Grants to help artists as they adapt and respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. The new application deadline is July 13th.

Vermont Creative Network COVID-19 Support Survey

The Vermont Creative Network (VCN) is following up on the Creative Sector Response and Recovery Forum with a survey to learn what kinds of support VCN could offer to help the sector, both now and into the future.

Mandatory Safety Training

All employees returning to work according to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidelines, including those already working, must complete a mandatory training on health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard. The Department of Labor has posted training materials in both online and printable formats. Completed training certificates should kept on hand by each employer.

VMEC Manufacturing Health Officer Training

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center is offering a new course for those that have been appointed health officers at small- and medium-size manufacturers. The course is intended to help these designated employees navigate this new role under current operation restrictions and as guidelines evolve going forward.

REDC Offers Emergency Loans

The Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) has a new Emergency Loan Program. The program runs through its Revolving Loan Fund to assist businesses that are impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and organizations can apply for these loans to cover expenses and operating costs during this time.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance System Accepting Applications

Vermonters who are self-employed, independent contractors, and other individuals who are not eligible for traditional unemployment insurance benefits may now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Find more information on the PUA application process and eligibility.

Technical Assistance Available to Help Businesses Navigate Federal Financing Programs

Professional advisors are standing by to provide free and confidential counseling to any business considering applying for financial assistance or to help navigate the application process. Contact these business support organizations for individualized support during your businesses recovery.

PPP and EIDL Daily Webinar

The SBA Vermont District Office is hosting a daily webinar to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance.

  • Daily (Monday – Friday), 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Join online
  • Join by phone: (202) 765-1264, when prompted enter the code 470177937#

Archived Virtual Town Hall: Small Business Administration Financial Assistance Programs

Department of Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein moderated a panel of business advisors to talk about the financial assistance programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including the PPP and EIDL programs.

Business Impact Assessments

ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions.

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