COVID-19 Resources - We're In This Together!
Below are relevant links and resources for individuals, businesses and volunteers during the current pandemic. These updates are being modified weekly, as orders and guidance changes.
Please review often so that you don't miss anything! Please call us if you have questions. The Chamber is here to help!Area ResourcesSTATEWIDE MASK MANDATE IN PLACE
Governor Phil Scott has issued a statewide mandate that will require all people over 2 years old, with some exceptions, to wear facial coverings in public areas when physical distancing is not possible.
The mandate is effective August 1, 2020. If you are visiting Vermont or plan to do so in the future, please be advised of this mandate. For additional information and travel guidance. please visit the Vermont Department of Health website.Economic Recovery Webinars, HEREState of VT Current Travel Guidance, HEREStatewide Modeling, HERECDC Restart Guidance:Back to Business Information:
"Back to Business" FAQ for employers, HERE
What if your employees don't come back? HERE
Unemployment ant PPP: 5 key things to know, HEREGeneral Resources
Department of Labor's responses to specific Covid 19, labor-related issues for businesses and employees: HERE
Northwestern Medical Center's new guidelines and tips for staying healthy: HERE
Vermont Department of Health: HERE
Center for Disease Control/Prevention: HEREHunger Free Vermont resource page: HEREVermont Chamber of Commerce resource page: HEREComprehensive List of Local Business Statuses (open/closed/delivery, etc.) HERESeven Days List of food resources: HEREUnemployment Information
VT Online form for Initial Unemployment Claims
VT Dept. of Labor's COVID-19 page
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for self-employed, sole proprietors, independent contractors HERE
Employer Assistance Line - 877-214-3331
Employees with first-time claims - 1-877-214-3330Employees with existing claims - 1-877-214-3332
Information on employee refusal to return to work, HERE.
Business Disaster Relief
Link to Paycheck Protection Program HERE
Link to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is providing various resources to help support small business during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Link to SBA's Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses
Business Financial Counseling Resources
SBA FREE Daily Webinars: M-F, 9am - 10am
Topics of Discussion: SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance.
To join the webinar: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/sbmazza/6F6N4YK6.
To join by phone: Call (202) 765-1264. Enter code 470177937#.
Upon joining the call, mute phone to cut down on background noise.
Do not place the call on hold as the hold music will be heard over the presenter. For more information, email email@example.com.
Local SBA information: 802-828-4422. [Please note: call volume is high; plan to attend a webinar to have your questions answered.]
The State of VT advises you to fill out this Estimated Economic Injury Worksheet and email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the State of VT's Resources for Business (State & Federal resource clearinghouse)
There is also a hotline set up at (802) 461-5143.
Here, you can report impacts directly or request other resources. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map: The Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing.
CARE Act FAQ: HERE
The IRS has announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
Additional guidance, including how to claim the credits in advance, is being prepared and will post to the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief page as soon as it is available.
The Department of Taxes announced relief for businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax until further notice. Taxpayers who are unable to meet the March 25th and April 25th deadlines on these taxes due to COVID-19 mitigation steps, will not be charged any penalty or interest for late submissions of these taxes.
Vermonters are advised as well that income tax filing due dates for the following taxes have been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
How You Can Help
The Town and City of St. Albans have partnered on a brief survey for potential volunteers and donors for local organizations. The information will be shared with relevant organizations that could use your help. Here is the survey link.
The United Way of Northwest Vermont has established the COVID-19 United Response Fund to rapidly mobilize resources to support organizations on the front lines of supporting communities and families most impacted by COVID-19. All dollars given through this fund will be used to support organizations and people in our communities throughout Northwest Vermont. This includes Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Organizations Seeking Assistance
Age Well, which does Meals on Wheels, at 1-800-642-5119.
Martha's Community Kitchen (Community soup kitchen) at 524-9749.
Northwest Family Foods (Food shelf) at 527-7392.
Samaritan House (Transitional housing) 527-0847 and email@example.com.
Laurie's House/Voices Against Violence (Transitional housing for women affected by domestic violence) 524-6575
School District Updates
Maple Run USD News page