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VDH COVID-19 Update: Mask mandate, retailers allowed 50 percent capacity

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As of tomorrow, August 1, people are required to wear a face mask or covering in public spaces any time it is not possible to keep a 6-foot distance from others who are not part your household. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces and group living settings (for example, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, apartment and condo complexes). Governor Phil Scott also announced Friday that retail operations can now operate at 50% capacity. Get more information from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

$500,000 VCAAP assistance now available to eligible Vermont agricultural fairs VCAAP

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announced that the Agricultural Fairs Application opened today, Friday, July 31st, 2020, at 2 pm. The Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriations passed by the Vermont legislature includes $500,000 to provide financial assistance for eligible Vermont agricultural fair organizations who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and event disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Vermont Bond Bank launches first Infrastructure Month

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The need for infrastructure investment across the United States is a well-worn discussion point for policymakers and the media alike that is revisited every few months. To date, this has often materialized in infrastructure weeks that are long on promises but short on solutions. This coming August will be the Bond Bank’s first ever Infrastructure Month. The name was chosen to contrast the impossible with the possible through planning tools and data that can inform hard choices.

UVM announces extensive Coronavirus testing protocol

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont today announced a Coronavirus testing protocol that is believed to be among the most extensive among higher education institutions across the country. The protocol will begin at least five days prior to the date a student is planning to initiate travel to Burlington, and no later than Aug. 26 if the student is already in town. Students will then be tested upon arrival if moving into a residence hall, or on the first day of classes if they are living off campus. Students will be tested again after seven days, then weekly through September 18. Testing frequency for the remainder of the semester will be determined based on public health and medical analysis of the initial testing.

Tax Dept launches $2 million grant program for digitization of land records

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's municipal offices that have been impacted by COVID-19 closures now have an opportunity to digitize their municipal land records, under a grant program created under Act 137 of 2020. The Vermont Legislature passed Act 137 of 2020 to distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to various entities in Vermont. Sections 8 - 10 appropriate $2 million to assist municipalities in digitizing land records for online public access. The Agency of Administration, through the Vermont Department of Taxes, is responsible for distributing the grant funds.

ACLU statement on seven more Vermont inmates testing positive for COVID-19

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ACLU of Vermont Executive Director James Lyall issued this statement Friday morning: “We learned yesterday that six incarcerated Vermonters returning from Mississippi have tested positive for COVID-19, and that one person still imprisoned in Mississippi tested positive earlier this week. This latest news from Vermont’s Department of Corrections is disturbing, but also predictable.

Governor signs order setting Sept 8 as universal school opening date

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has signed a Directive officially setting Tuesday, September 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools. Originally announced on Tuesday, the directive requires all public and independent schools to open for in-person or remote instruction on September 8, with an exception for schools primarily serving students with disabilities, which can restart operations prior to September 8. The Secretary of Education will have oversight and authority in the implementation of the order and local school officials and governing bodies are required to consult with, and abide by, the direction of the Secretary of Education.

For safety, public campus-access limits coming to St Mike's

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 4:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College announced this week that it will be limiting public access to its campus beginning Saturday: Dear Community Members: To help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as that of our greater community, Saint Michael's College has made the difficult decision to restrict access to campus only to students, employees, contractors, and those with prior approval. Starting August 1st, the Saint Michael’s campus is not open to visitors, walkers, joggers, bikers, etc.

VDH COVID-19 Update: First death in 43 days, 57 total

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported an additional death associated with COVID-19. This is the first Vermont death in 43 days. Vermont has the fewest number of COVID-19 cases of any state and the lowest positivity rate. There was one new case reported today for a statewide total of 1,407 and one person hospitalized.

Woodstock man arrested for possession of child pornography

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that Matthew Vince, 42, of Woodstock, was arraigned today on six felony and two misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography.  This morning, members of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, the Vermont State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations, executed a residential search warrant and arrested Mr. Vince pursuant to an investigation that originated with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.