The Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses that closed for 7 days or more to adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan before reopening. The Governor’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Restart Vermont Action Team is working to make model plans available. Businesses may adopt one of these plans or create their own using a Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) / Project WorkSAFE template. When your plan is complete, you are required to keep it on file and present it upon request by VOSHA or any of your employees.
Make Your Own Plan
New COVID-19 Plan Template
Available Existing Sector-Based Final Plans
You can adopt one of the sector-based plans if it pertains to your industry. Be sure to modify it to meet your company’s specific situation.
- College and University Campus Learning
- Fireworks Displays
- Gyms and Fitness Centers
- Manufacturing, Distribution and Warehousing
- Real Estate Sales and Leasing
- Recreational Sport Programs and Leagues
- Ski Areas
Colleges and universities must follow the Mandatory Guidance for College and University Campus Learning published by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Department of Public Safety.
The Associated General Contractors of Vermont produced this comprehensive sector opening and training plan. You can access their COVID-19 Safety Resource Officer training here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/rt/4193437699088250370.
As communities plan for Independence Day celebrations, there are two sample plans available for fireworks displays.
Per the Governor’s Play Smart and Play Safe Addendum 13, golf operations in Vermont may resume limited operations if they follow the Vermont Golf Association’s Phase 1 restart plan. Golf businesses should review this document and create their own restart and training plan based on the practices outlined in this document.
An informal group of fitness center owners and operators proposed how their businesses and organizations could reopen. The Restart Vermont team provides this sample plan based on that process to help fitness centers and gyms reopen.
Lodging operators worked with the Restart Vermont Action Team to create a proposed phased restart plan for the lodging sector. While phases of this plan have not been implemented (beyond Phase One), it provides best practices and includes several recommendations for next steps.
The Restart Vermont Action Team worked with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, the Associated Industries of Vermont, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and prominent manufacturing firms to draft this plan. You can learn more about how your company could tailor this plan to your operations through the steward of the plan, VMEC, at www.mxvt.org.
The Town of Killington worked in cooperation with the City of Rutland to put together this pool reopening plan. It addresses important factors such as how to protect the safety of staff and guests, limiting capacity, and reducing amenities.
Anyone listing, showing or selling a residential or commercial property must follow the low contact professional guidance in the Phased WorkSafe document. The Restart Vermont Action team worked with the Vermont Association of Realtors to create a comprehensive reopening plan that incorporates that guidance and provides additional tools, including a buyer certification form and contact tracing form. These tools should be used by those selling or leasing property with or without a licensed agent.
The following recommendations have been developed to assist organizations, clubs and leagues in safely and gradually resuming play while reducing infection risk.
Restaurant owners and operators worked with the Restart Vermont Action Team to create a proposed phased restart plan for the restaurant sector. While portion of this plan have not been implemented (beyond Phase 0.5), it provides best practices and includes several recommendations for next steps. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development worked with the Agency of Transportation on a toolkit to help restaurants and municipalities evaluate whether to make streets, rights of way and other public infrastructure available for outdoor dining.
The Restart Vermont Action Team worked with the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association on a phased reopening plan for retailers. In addition, the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association provided a checklist for businesses to consider when reopening.
The Vermont Ski Areas Association worked with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Restart Vermont Action Team to complete a reopening plan for ski resorts.