Communities and Workplaces

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Vermont communities are adapting to the many changes needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our efforts are making a difference, from the steps we are all taking ­– like staying home, wearing a face covering and keeping a six foot distance ­– to businesses working to protect employees and customers. Some businesses have needed to close, and many Vermonters are suffering from the loss of a job. Vermont is working to make sure everyone can be connected to the resources they need at this time.

 

We can all help each other

There are lots of options to support your fellow Vermonters, from donating blood and sewing face coverings to providing transportation or groceries for a neighbor. If you need some extra help, please reach out and see what’s available. Many of us need extra resources during this unusual time.

Resources for Food and Other Necessities

For help with housing, call Economic Services, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, at 1-802-479-6151. For help outside of these times, call 2-1-1.
For food resources see upcoming Farmers to Families Food Box Distributions or contact Vermont Food BankHunger Free Vermont, or 3SquaresVT
For formula, diapers or other baby necessities, call 2-1-1 to connect with Help Me Grow-VT
For help with food and breastfeeding support for income-eligible pregnant and postpartum individuals and infants and children up to 5 years, contact WIC.

Many Ways to Volunteer

People with medical or other health care, mental health or other clinical experience, health care administrative experience (translators, medical data entry), or who have experience working with displaced people can volunteer with Vermont's Medical Reserve Corps.

Learn how to join the Medical Reserve Corps

People with other needed skills (for example, drivers, food service, construction, IT, security, skilled trades, etc.) can sign up with the State of Vermont and help in communities across the state.

Register to volunteer

The American Red Cross of Northern New England faces a severe blood shortage and many local food banks and other community organizations are in need of support and donations of supplies.

Visit the American Red Cross to learn how to safely donate blood

The Red Cross is looking for people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 and may be able to donate plasma. If you are fully recovered from a COVID-19 diagnosis that was confirmed by a lab test and would like to donate your plasma, fill out this form

Support your local Food Bank. Donate online or text GIVEHEALTH to 85511. If you need help getting food, contact the Vermont Food Bank (link is external).

You can look for ways to help your neighbors, especially older adults and at-risk people who need to stay home as much as possible. Offer to go shopping for them or keep them company by phone. When volunteering please follow neighborly best practices.

food assembly line workers Workplaces and Employees

Throughout the COVID-19 response, the governor has ordered changes to business operations to prevent the spread of the virus. These changes affect employers and employees in many ways. Learn more about the Governor’s executive orders and what they mean for businesses (link is external). The Health Department offers resources to help a business operate safely and links to guidance and assistance for both businesses and employees.

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has the most up-to-date information and guidance for businesses impacted by COVID-19, including financial assistance, sector guidance, guidance for retailers, and unemployment for businesses. Visit their COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center.

In addition, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share your experiences on the ACCD Business Impact Form. This will help them assess the full impact as they work toward solutions.

Health Resources for Businesses

Employers in Vermont can:

  • Make sure sick employees stay home
  • Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand washing by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
Food and Lodging Businesses

Find up-to-date information on food and lodging businesses from the Agency of Commerce and Community and Development (ACCD).

Bars, Restaurants and Food Services may offer take-out, curbside and delivery services as long as they meet mandatory health and safety requirements. As of May 22, restaurants may offer outdoor dining services under certain circumstances

Lodging facilities may accept overnight reservations from Vermont residents, those who have met the quarantine requirement and essential workers. Visitors from other states are asked not to come to Vermont. If they do, they are required to quarantine in Vermont for 14 days before engaging in any activities and must comply with the Governor's Be Smart, Stay Safe Order. No lodging facility in Vermont can be used as a place to quarantine. All reservations from out of state guests who cannot first meet the mandatory quarantine requirements must be canceled through June 15, 2020. The State may require similar reservations to be canceled beyond June 15.

All guests must complete a health questionnaire upon check-in. Lodging facilities may require a copy of a Vermont driver’s license or a signed document certifying that the quarantine was completed in Vermont.

Resources

Best Practices During COVID-19 (FDA)
COVID-19 Guidance for Food and Lodging Businesses (Vermont Department of Health)
Guidance for Lodging and Accomodations (Vermont Agency on Commerce and Community Development)
Submit a complaint concerning a food or lodging business (Vermont Department of Health)

Posters

Social Distancing (smaller version)
Social Distancing (larger version)
Keep Germs from Spreading
Proper Handwashing
Signs & Symbols - A collection of signs and symbols to help communicate how you would like people to interact. Includes sign for "social distancing" and for "vulnerable person".

Employees

Employees with COVID-19 related concerns in the workplace can contact the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration(link is external)(VOSHA). Employees can submit a safety complaint form on VOSHA’s website (link is external) or call toll free at 1-800-287-2765.

The Health Department cannot provide documentation for people to go to work or to stay home. 

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