May 20, 2020 – The State of Vermont is implementing a phased approach to reopening the economy. On May 19, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced new guidance for Realtors® and other professional services. The new guidance allows real estate offices, and other low contact professional services, to resume in-person business operations in settings of ten or fewer people.
The new guidance from ACCD as of May 19 states:
1.2 Low or no contact professional services
- Services operating with a single worker or small office environments (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 here, with no more than 10 persons (service provider and client) present at one time.
- Remote work is required whenever possible.
- Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department.
RESTART VERMONT RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
TRAINING AND REOPENING PLAN
All businesses that have been closed for 7 or more days during the state of emergency must complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees at any physical location are not required to create such a plan, however, they must follow all other guidelines and employees must take the required Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) training.
Governor Scott’s Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative lays out how businesses can return to work. This resource is designed to be a one-stop portal of tools needed to comply with the Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative.GUIDE FOR REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS