Vermont Manufacturing, Fulfillment and Distribution Sector Plan and Guidance

State of Vermont Releases Phased Reopening Plan

On April 6, 2021, Governor Phil Scott released a reopening guide to help Vermonters and local businesses see the path for a phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings. The plan was developed by the Vermont Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and uses vaccination milestones to ensure a safe easing of personal restrictions and continued reopening of the state’s economy. Learn about the Plan Steps and Additional Guidance at this link, as well as Universal Guidance based on business sectors at this link.'




RestartVT Work ‌&‌ ‌Recovery‌ ‌Guide‌ 2020

for a Phased, Safe Reopening‌ of Vermont Manufacturing Fulfillment and Distribution operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic


The‌ ‌RestartVT‌ ‌Action‌ ‌Team‌’s ‌private‌ ‌sector‌ manufacturing‌, fulfillment and distribution, ‌working‌ ‌group‌ ‌has ‌developed‌ ‌this‌ ‌sector-specific plan‌, consistent with State Emergency Executive Orders and other administrative guidance and requirements.

The entirety of that document is found in the Other Resources area of this Forum.

This "RESTART PLAN" subtab in MXVT breaks the full document into the Components of the plan for your ease of access.

Usable Posters and Templates

Overview and Intent:

Manufacturers, Fulfillment Facilities and Distributors take the health and safety of its employees, their families and communities very seriously...The following guidance is based on current understanding of the virus and is designed to help companies review and amend their policies, and it is subject to change based on further information provided by Vermont Department of Health (“VDH”), U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Occupational Safety and Health Administration(“OSHA”), Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“VOSHA”) and other public officials.

Physical distancing is considered a workplace best practice, along with a strong recommendation to make the most of telecommuting options for as many employees as possible. Measures are recommended to be based on the work areas within their facility and/or each employees’ risk of exposure due to the nature of their job functions. While most environments in manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution are classified at lower risk, per OSHA, the potential for close contact can occur on or near production lines, receiving and packaging areas, sampling and quality rooms, and in common facility areas such as conference rooms, lunchrooms, locker rooms, restrooms, hallways, and entryways. Included in this document are high-level steps for site compliance. Phase 1 is focused on restarting operations with the intent of maintaining low density, low contact environments; Phase 2 makes incremental changes to moderate density, continuing to maintain health and safety, and Phase 3 moves to “New Normal” operations, increasing density while following health and safety guidelines updated as information evolves.


Use of "FAQs":

Find answers, ask questions.

We work to answer your questions and bring you the resources you need. And when we do so, we post the questions and answers so everyone has access to them.

Watch the LIVE FORUM Q&A held on May 1, 2020 for insights from manufacturers who have remained operational during the Original Stay Home - Stay Safe Order as well as Legal Advisors. (also available as audio only)

Watch the LIVE SAFETY and HEALTH FORUM held on May 6, 2020 for (also available as audio only)

For further guidance, email mxvt@vmec.org.

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Suggested Pages

Vermont is restarting and there's a lot to know and do.

Manufacturers take the safety of employees, their families and their communities very seriously.
In addition to the guidance from CDC, OSHA, Vermont Department of Health and VOSHA, the REOPENING PLAN has been created with input from the policies and practices of many local, national and global manufacturers who are currently operational. And who have generously shared their experiences, resources and time. You can even find editable postings and templates so you dont have to find or make them yourself.

The moderated forum is dynamic, and just like the Manufacturing, Fulfillment and Distribution sectors, it becomes stronger and more relevant because of the collaboration and engagement of all of us. So Accept the invitation!