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Is Your Business Essential During Shutdown? Agency Offers Guidance

Thursday, March 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

Gov. Phil Scott issued an executive order on March 24, which directs that “all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall suspend in-person business operations” until April 15

However, exceptions are given for “essential services;” businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security shall remain in operation . . .”  The order only applies to businesses where employees are still working together, and not to those that have moved all of their operations to remote work.

While some areas such as health care, law enforcement and even grocery stores seem clear as essential services, others including “critical manufacturing” may be less clear. 

To help businesses make a determination, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development has posted FAQs for business about the order on its website

The Agency also has set up a Continuation of Operations form where businesses can submit questions and request a continuation of operations during.

Other information for businesses can be found on the Agency's COVID-19 page.