Vermont: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Restricted
Orders/Effective From: Extension to State of Emergency with Reopening/May 15, 2020

Vermont had released a statewide stay at home order effective until May 15, 2020. Though construction is deemed necessary, only construction in response to COVID-19, critical infrastructure, utilities, and telecommunication is permitted.

On May 15, 2020, Governor Phil Scott has announced extension to the State of emergency and released guidelines on Be Smart, Stay Safe orders.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Phil Scott

Questions about Construction during COVID-19?

Though COVID-19 has severely affected the United States, bringing a lot of restrictions and orders on continuing construction, the most significant information people seek is all about the status of construction in different states. Here we have a list of Frequently Asked Questions which our expert from ProjectPro, construction project schedule software, has developed to help construction firms proceed business forward with extreme care. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

To revive the economic status in the state, Governor Phil Scott issued Phase 1 of an order in which it specifically mentioned that construction could resume as per the Work Smart Stay Safe Phase 1 rules. These rules restricted the workforce at the site while sticking with safety and health guidelines.

However, construction is still restricted to the COVID-19 response while suspending any in-person operations. Examples include, housing repairs, fixing of heating system, plumbing, safety, and sanitation is permitted.
Hardware stores are deemed essential but the state government had encouraged the use of online booking and delivery sources to keep up with the sales and safety.
Yes, the Department of Public Safety, Vermont Emergency Management has released multiple guidelines for workplace safety and health of workers. Under this, the authorities have announced that construction workers and employers should stick to the guidelines of OSHA and CDC to stay protected during the times of emergency.
Yes, the data related to contracts, expenses, estimated delivery, job schedules, etc. would track project progress and interruption in order to reduce project losses due to COVID-19. However, it will be easier for construction firms who have a robust project management and accounting software in place.

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Though construction is deemed essential, the Vermont Emergency Department has released several guidelines related to worker protection and site safety. These guidelines include guidance for businesses and employers along with all the essential health updates and information resources that can help to protect against COVID-19.
Considering the need for business planning in the state, the Associated General Contractors, Vermont have released several important updates on business planning during COVID-19. These include several lending programs as well as Federal and State Programs to provide cover to construction firms and contractors in the Vermont region.

Business Planning:
Crumbscorner Contracting
Loan template
How to prepare for a business continuity loan
Transition and Continuity Plan Template

State and Federal Programs:
AGC National CARES Act Analysis for Construction
CARES ACT and State Unemployment Special Rules
Federal COVID leave program
3.25.20 FFCRA Info Sheet – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (002)
In order to benefit from Force Majeure protections, activity data regarding resources, financials and project status should be tracked using a robust construction accounting software and submitted to the governing officials to demonstrate project delays and incurred expenses due to COVID-19.

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