April 17, 2020 – Vermont Governor Phil Scott today outlined an approach for the phased restart of Vermont’s economy. To begin to execute this strategy, the Governor today signed an addendum to Executive Order 01-20. The addendum institutes new health and safety requirements and provides guidance to some single-person low contact professional services, such as Realtors®, to operate if specified safety requirements can be met. The new order takes effect on Monday, April 20.
Services operating with a single worker (such as appraisers, Realtors®, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers…) may resume operations so long as no more than 2 persons (service provider and client) are present at one time.
MANDATORY HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL BUSINESS OPERATIONS
The Governor’s Addendum spells out the specifics as it relates to those businesses, including Realtors®, and their ability to return to work.
All businesses must follow Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines:
- Employees shall not report to, or be allowed to remain at, work or job site if sick or symptomatic (with fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath).
- All employees must observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on the job.
- Employees must wear non-medical cloth face coverings (bandanna, scarf, or non-medical mask, etc.) over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shield or “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask.
- Employees must have easy and frequent access to soap and water or hand sanitizer during duration of work, and handwashing or hand sanitization should be required before entering, and leaving, job sites. All common spaces and equipment, including bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and doors, tools and equipment, and vehicles must be cleaned and disinfected at the beginning, middle and end of each shift and prior to transfer from one person to another.
- No more than 2 people shall occupy one vehicle when conducting work.
BUSINESS CUSTOMER & GENERAL PUBLIC MASK USE
Customers, and the public in general, is encouraged to wear cloth face coverings any time they are interacting with others from outside their household.
Work Smart & Stay Safe – Restart VT: Phase I
Business operations deemed “essential” may continue to operate under pre-existing guidance with the addition of the mandatory health and safety requirements for all business operations above.
To safely reopen certain operations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and not defined as essential, Governor Scott has directed the Agency of Commerce – in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety – to authorize, subject to mandatory health and safety requirements listed above and additional guidance below, the following:
Relating to real estate services
1.3 Low or no contact professional services
Services operating with a single worker (such as appraisers, Realtors®, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, with no more than 2 persons (service provider and client) present at one time.