State and Partner COVID-19 Resources

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State of Vermont Agencies and Departments

Department of Health

Public health guidelines, status updates, FAQs, and other resources from the Department of Health, including signage for businesses: Social Distancing Poster (Small), Social Distancing Poster (Large), Keep Germs from Spreading Poster, and Proper Handwashing Poster.

Department of Labor

Information for employees and employers from the Department of Labor. A set of COVID-19 FAQs for Employers and Employees is also available. If you have specific questions, you may wish to contact the Vermont Department of Labor Employer Services line at (802) 828-4344. Please understand that they are experiencing high call volume.

Initial Unemployment Insurance Claim

Access the online portal for employees who may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits as a result of COVID-19. This new process means initial unemployment insurance claims can now be filed online.

WARN Act and Notice of Potential Layoffs Act

The Department of Labor does not intend to enforce the provisions of Vermont’s Notice of Potential Layoffs Act against businesses who are forced to lay off employees due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Employers closing facilities or engaging in mass layoffs of 50 or more are generally required to provide 45 days’ notice to the Commissioner of Labor and the Secretary of Commerce, and 30 days’ notice to the employees and to the chief elected or administrative official of the municipality where the layoff or closing occurs. However, the Act provides exceptions to that rule in the event that the business closing or mass layoff is caused by business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time the 45-day notice would have been required; and/or the business closing or mass layoff is due to a disaster beyond the control of the employer. Affected employers are still encouraged to reach out to the Department of Labor and Agency of Commerce and Community Development for assistance when they are contemplating a layoff.

Department of Taxes

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

Tax Deadline Relief

The Department will provide temporary relief to Vermont businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax.

Businesses that are unable to meet the March 25 and April 25 filing deadlines will not be charged any penalty or interest for late submissions. Business who can meet the deadlines for filing and payment should continue to do so.

It is important to note this is not an abatement of the tax collected. The Commissioner of Taxes does not have the authority to provide an abatement of these taxes once they have been collected. This is also not a cancellation of these taxes moving forward. Therefore, businesses must continue to collect Meals and Rooms and Sales and Use Taxes as they normally would.

Vermonters are advised as well that income tax filing due dates for the following taxes have been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020:

  • Vermont personal income tax
  • Vermont Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Claims
  • Corporate income tax
  • Fiduciary income tax

This means taxpayers can file and pay these taxes on or before July 15, 2020 without any penalty or interest. This includes any tax year 2020 estimated payments that were due for these taxes on April 15th, 2020. Although the filing deadline has moved, Vermonters can file their returns and claims any time before July 15. Anyone expecting a refund is encouraged to do so.

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.

Telemedicine Services

Guidance urging health insurers to expand coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine services, including audio-only telephone, email, or facsimile where clinically appropriate.

Prescription Drug Refills

Bulletin intended to ensure that health insurance plans regulated by the Department of Financial Regulation continue to provide access to prescription drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bulletin applies to health insurers, as that term is used in 18 V.S.A. § 9402, and pharmacy benefit managers, as that term is used in 8 V.S.A. § 4089j.

Business Income Insurance

Guidance to address numerous questions from the business community. The NAIC has also posted an Insurance Brief: COVID-19 and Insurance which provides a good overview of how different types of policies respond to losses related to COVID-19, including Travel, Health, Life, Annuities, Business Interruption, Workers' Compensation, and other insurance.

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.

Find guidance on Food Safety from the FDA, Food Industry Resources from Cornell University, FAQs for Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics, and more.

Department of Public Service

Information concerning energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater from the Department of Public Service, including:

Agency of Education

Information and guidance specific to Vermont schools and Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts (SU/SDs) from the Agency of Education.

Public Utility Commission

Information and guidance specific to operational changes for the Public Utility Commission, including:

Department of Vermont Health Access

Guidance to health care providers and members from the Department of Vermont Health Access.

Vermont Emergency Management

Information on public health guidelines, status updates, FAQs, and other resources from Vermont Emergency Management, including What (the) Governor's Stay Home/Stay Safe Order Means to Vermonters.

Agency of Natural Resources

Direction for the public to connect to Agency staff and guidance for Regulated Entities and Permitees, including information to contact regional offices.

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.

Secretary of State

Guidance from the Vermont Secretary of State.

Office of Professional Regulation
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
Corporations and Business Services
Elections Division
Municipal Assistance

Department of Mental Health

Guidance for Service Providers to promote and improve mental health. A set of COVID-19 FAQs is also available online. 

Department of Children and Families

Information for Child Care Programs, Children's Integrated Services Providers and CDD Grantees and Contractors.


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