ACCD: More steps in reopening economy

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ACCD: More steps in reopening economy

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 9:35am -- tim

SBA EIDL Program Reopens for Agricultural Businesses

US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Monday that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal has reopened and is accepting applications from agricultural businesses only as a result of funding authorized by Congress. The legislation provides additional funding for farmers and other agricultural businesses affected by COVID-19.

Limited Elective Health Care Procedures May Resume

Also Monday, Governor Scott issued an amendment to Addendum 3 to his executive order, allowing limited elective health care procedures to resume. Outpatient clinic visits and diagnostic imaging can resume immediately if providers demonstrate they are adhering to physical distancing and relevant CDC guidelines. Providers may also begin to perform outpatient surgeries and procedures that have a minimal impact on inpatient hospital bed capacity. READ STORY

Work Safe Training Resources

ACCD’s COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center  has been expanded to include a one-stop portal of tools for businesses as they plan for reopening. The Restart Vermont Resources page includes a link to the required VOSHA training and downloadable signage that can be printed and posted around the workplace. Employers will also find a VOSHA template that will help businesses design their own training and reopening plans.

Department of Labor Refusal to Work Guidance

The Department of Labor has issued a reminder to individuals that refusing suitable work or refusing employment wages through their employer may disqualify them from receiving unemployment benefits and may constitute fraud. Exceptions do exist for employees, such as those who have been exposed to COVID-19 or individuals who must care for a family member. For more information and how to report employees refusing to return to work, read the full guidance from the Department of Labor.

Vermont Emergency Management Expands Mask Buying Resources

The Department of Emergency Management has expanded its list of businesses where face masks can be purchased by the general public. Businesses offering masks for sale can be added to this list by contacting Vermont Emergency Management at covid.jic@vermont.gov.

Mother’s Day Online Buying Guide 

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has launched a new resource to help people connect with Vermont producers who are shipping or making gifts available for curbside pick-up this Mother’s Day. The new webpage can help anybody looking to brighten up Mom’s day with a little piece of Vermont.

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. 

Source: Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development 5.5.2020