Stowe Business Resources & Community Updates
Business Resources and Community Updates on COVID-19
SAA is here to help Stowe area businesses during this time of uncertainty. We are actively monitoring the fast-evolving circumstances around Coronavirus, and are serving as a central source of information for the most up-to-date information and resources for the local business community. The Town of Stowe and key public safety partners are in communication about ongoing developments for COVID-19. Refer to the CDC Coronavirus Travel Updates and Travel Guidelines for updates. View ways to support Stowe businesses.
What if I have urgent questions about Coronavirus?
For general information about COVID-19, dial 2-1-1. If you are sick or concerned about your health, contact your health care provider by phone. Please avoid going to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation, and you have called in advance. Local hospitals include Copley Hospital Morrisville, VT and UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT.
- Out-of-state residents traveling to Vermont will need to follow the current quarantine restrictions. Please review the full guidance before booking.
- Lodging operators will require either a copy of a Vermont driver’s license or a signed document from the guest(s) attesting they meet the quarantine requirement. Please review the guidance on the steps required to complete the certificate of compliance.
- Effective June 8, guests from areas with <400 active cases/million residents may travel to and from Vermont without quarantine requirements. Residents from these non-quarantine areas must travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicles.
- Effective June 15, guests from outside of the non-quarantine areas may complete either: (i) a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in their home state before coming to Vermont. Guests must drive directly from their home to Vermont in their personal vehicle.
- Effective June 15, guests from outside of the non-quarantine areas traveling by any mode of travel may complete either: (i) a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in a Vermont lodging establishment regardless of the destination origin. Guests completing their quarantine in Vermont must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site.
- Vermont’s welcome centers are closed, but portable toilets are available at the start of and throughout the Stowe Recreation path and at state parks.
Be Smart, Stay Safe Guidance in Stowe
- Stowe restaurants are able to begin indoor dining while limited to 25% capacity or 10 total customers with tables spaced 6 feet apart. Outdoor restaurants and bars have reopened, though at a limited capacity. Reservations are required and members of only 2 households and 10 total people may be seated at the same table. Read the full outdoor restaurant guidance for more restrictions.
- Non-essential retail has reopened but under strictly reduced occupancy and mandatory health requirements. Read the full retail guidance for further restrictions.
- Hair salons and barbers have reopened, though at a limited capacity. Read the full guidance for further restrictions. Other close contact businesses including gymnasiums, fitness centers, and similar exercise facilities, spas, and tattoo parlors have reopened under specific guidelines and restrictions.
- To encourage social distancing and wearing face masks when in the presence of others, Vermonters and visitors have been asked to not gather in groups of more than 25.
- Vermont State of Emergency extended to July 15
- Phase 2 of Economic Recover and Relief Package (ACCD)
- Cross State Travel Guidelines and Restrictions, effective June 8, 2020 (ACCD)
- Latest Disaster Lending Information (VtSBDC)
- Tips for Managing Cash Flow during a crisis (VtSBDC)
- Center for Women and Enterprise Resource Guide.
- Vermont Department of Labor Town Hall Recordings on Youtube (For employers, claimants, and self-employed folks)
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
- USDA Resource List (United States Department of Agriculture)
- Coronavirus Emergecny Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (US Chamber of Commerce)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers ( US Department of Labor)
What Businesses and Employees Can Do:
1) Refer to resources on business operations below.
- Reopening: Do It Right The First Time (Walt Frame)
- Getting Back To Work Guidelines (Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce)
- Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers (U.S. Travel Association)
- Cleaning Guidance (Ecolab)
- Restart Vermont Resources (ACCD)
- Work Safe Guidance memo (ACCD)
- Mandatory Training Materials (VT Dept. of Labor)
- Reopening Template Plans (ACCD)
- Recovery Roadmap (VT SBDC)
- Where to buy cloth face coverings (VT Dept. of Public Safety)
- Resources for Reopening (National Retail Federation)
- COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (National Restaurant Association)
- Face Covering (VT Dept. of Public Safety)
- COVID-19 Employer-Employee/Business Assistance Information (Heidi Scheuermann)
- SAA COVID-19 Business Checklist: Employees/Unemployment, Cash flow/Lending Options & more’
- Vermont Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Relief Letter to Congress
- Main Street Alliance has just launched a website for story collection as they work to advocate on a national level. Please share your experience and view the policy platform that Main Street Alliance is advocating for.
- Bourne’s Energy fuel pricing member benefit update: The fuel oil futures market has dropped significantly and fixed pricing contracts for the 2021 season are available at very attractive rates. Please contact Jon Whittle for more information.
- Governor Phil Scott’s Emergency Declaration, including information on: gatherings, restaurant/bar closures, take-out/curbside alcohol pickup
- Guidelines for Non-Essential Mass Gatherings DC guidelines (CDC)
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, according to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines
- Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due
- Keep record of any steps you are taking as a business and steps you plan to take in the future as a result of COVID-19.
- Vermont Chamber of Commerce Resources and Advocacy Information
Department of Labor
- Unemployment FAQs (Department of Labor)
- New online application for unemployment insurance (for initial intake of new claims)
- Layoffs or furloughs of 10+ employees
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- Refusal to Return to Work Information
- DOL Town Hall recordings
- Small Business Disaster Loan Information For more information, call the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or through email. For local SBA information, call (802) 828-4422.
Updated business guidance from VtSBDC
- Open/Closing Resources for Retailers/Grocers (Vermont Retails and Grocer’s Association)
- National Retail Federation Resources for Reopening
- Congress Action form for lodging properties (American Hotel & Lodging Association)
- National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- State Advocacy contact form
- Call to Congress form (National Restaurant Association
- Restaurant-Specific Guidelines (National Restaurant Association)
- Vermont is authorized for take-out, curbside pickup and delivery of beverage alcohol, including spirit-based drinks and malt and vinous product accompanying food orders for off premise consumption. Learn more.
2) Attend the bi-weekly Waterbury-Stowe Small Business Meetings.
- Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/
Meeting ID: 802 793 6029
One tap mobile:
- +16465588656,,8027936029# US (New York)
- +13126266799,,8027936029# US (Chicago)
3) Prepare your business and staff.
- Learn about the virus, How it spreads and How to prevent it (CDC)
- Preventing the spread in communities (CDC)
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Small Business Association)
- Refer to the Pandemic checklist for businesses (CDC)
- If you are interested being on the COVID-19 Stowe/Lamoille County Volunteer Team please contact Heidi Scheuermann.
4) Stay informed and monitor the status of Coronavirus.
- Situation Summary (CDC)
- Status of Coronavirus in Vermont (VT Dept. of Health)
- CDC guidelines on Travel in the U.S.
- Town of Stowe Website
- Stowe Public Safety COVID-19 Information
- Stowe Public Safety Facebook page
- Sign up for State VT-Alerts. VT-ALERT is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations.
- Sign up for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development COVID-19 newsletter
5) Plan and communicate with staff.
- Let SAA know of any cancellations or issues you are experiencing. Send updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Communicate changes you are making and updated information to your staff.
- Resources for uninsured staff without a medical home (CHSLV’s Community Health Team)
6) Communicate with guests.