Pandemic Update: Vermont Governor Begins “Phased Restart” of Business & Services

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On April 17, 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott entered a new Executive Order “Addendum” which allows some return to work, effective April 20, 2020 until May 15, 2020.

This “Phased Restart” of businesses and services statewide is explained by Governor Scott:

“Preventing outbreaks and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the only way to avoid future business and social disruption. The success of this phased restart will depend in large part on the ability of employers and employees to adhere to the public health, safety, and social distancing measures essential to limiting the spread of illness.”

Governor Scott explained some examples, including guidance which authorizes "micro-crews" (no more than two people per job or location) to perform outdoor- and construction-related work in unoccupied structures.

The addendum also states:

“Services operating with a single worker (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators and others), may resume operations so long as no more than 2 persons (service provider and client) are present at one time.”

This phased restart comes nearly a month after the initial “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order went into place on March 25. People in almost all 50 states have been subjected to some kind of shelter in place initiative in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Has your job been affected by the coronavirus pandemic? While the situation is still developing, our firm may be able to help you. Contact Vermont workers’ compensation attorney Charles Powell today to schedule a consultation by phone or videoconferencing.

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