ACCD: Retail expands, grants still available, mask mandate

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ACCD: Retail expands, grants still available, mask mandate

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 4:48pm -- tim

Retail Operations Capacity Increase

Governor Phil Scott announced Friday that non-essential retail businesses can operate at 50% of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater, as of August 1, 2020. For further details and requirements rom the Agency of Commerce & Community Development, refer to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

Hazard Pay Grant Program Set to Launch

The Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program being run by the Agency of Human Services (AHS) will open for applications on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:00am. This $28 million grant program is open to public safety, public health, health care, and human services employers whose employees were engaged in activities dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 13, 2020 through May 15, 2020.

More information and eligibility requirements for this program, as well as the Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program, can be found at the AHS website.

Agricultural Fair Grant Program Now Live

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) is now taking applications from agricultural fairs organizations who have experienced income loss, additional expenses and event disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the AAFM website for further details.

Everyone Eats Program RFP

In response to COVID-19, restaurants, farmers and community organizations stepped forward to help feed neighbors experiencing food insecurity. These programs have helped stabilize communities by nourishing Vermonters, alleviating the surging demand on food shelves, and providing economic support to restaurants. The State of Vermont has allocated $5M from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to a new program called Everyone Eats, which supports restaurants feeding Vermonters in need.

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), the fiscal agent for the program, is requesting proposals from community organizations around the state to further these programs in the months ahead. Visit the SEVCA website for more information and to submit a proposal.

Mask Mandate Signage Available

ACCD has signage available for businesses, organizations and partners to help inform patrons and the public that masks will be required beginning August 1st, both indoors and outside, when physical distancing is not possible. The signage options also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of the larger statewide mask education effort being coordinated through ACCD and the Agency of Human Services.

Economic Recovery Grants

Funds are still available to Vermont businesses who can demonstrate a revenue decline of at least 50% in any one-month period from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, when compared with the same month in 2019. If you experienced this level of loss in July, you are encouraged to apply. The Economic Recovery Grants landing page has full details, including eligibility requirements, document preparation instructions, and a series of FAQs to assist businesses in completing the application. Governor Scott on Friday urged businesses to continue to apply. There is money still available for state grants and more money could be allocated when the Legislature reconvenes later in August. Also, the US SBA EIDL and PPP programs are still available

Business Impact

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.