Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Resources for Business
Keep your business in the know during the COVID-19 outbreak.
With information concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly evolving, DRM is committed to providing you relevant and timely guidance on how to navigate this challenging time. We will update this site regularly as new information emerges. For immediate assistance or questions on a particular topic, please contact a member of our team.
- November 20, 2020: Effective today, Governor Sununu's Emergency Order 74 requires all individuals over the age of five to wear a mask or face covering when in a public space, whether indoor or outdoor, where physical distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. This Order remains in effect until January 15, 2021.
The order clarifies that a “public space” includes any part of private or public property that is generally open or accessible to members of the general public, including and not limited to lobbies, waiting areas, outside plazas or patios, restaurants, retail businesses, streets, sidewalks, parks, beaches, elevators, restrooms, stairways, parking garages, etc.
Among others, the mask mandate does not apply to:
- Educators, students, and staff within K-12 schools
- Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask or other face covering, including any person who is deaf or hard of hearing
- Any person consuming food or drink or sitting at a restaurant or table to eat or drink
- Any person engaged in physical strenuous physical activity
- Any person giving a religious, political, media, educational, cultural, musical, or theatrical performance to an audience
Importantly, a person who declines to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical or developmental issue, or difficulty breathing, shall not be required to produce evidence to verify such condition.
- November 18, 2020: The IRS has now reaffirmed that because the income associated with PPP loan forgiveness is excluded from gross income under the CARES Act, taxpayers cannot claim a deduction for any otherwise deductible expense if the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a PPP loan. See Scott Jaunich's full write-up.
- November 17, 2020: New work safe additions to Vermont’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Order were effective November 14, 2020 at 10:00 pm, until further notice. Modifications and new sections can be found here in red. The Stay Home Stay Safe FAQs for Businesses were also updated with the latest guidance.
- November 13, 2020: After setting a record for single-day COVID-19 cases in Vermont on Thursday, Governor Phil Scott issued an Addendum to his Executive Order. The order implements a series of new temporary restrictions on social gatherings and business operations, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The new mitigation measures include temporary suspension of multi-household social gatherings, the closure of in-person service at bars and social cubs (with the exception of curbside pickup, drive-through or delivery service) and the suspension of all recreational sports programs, apart from those sanctioned by the Vermont Principals Association. Vermonters are also directed to comply with health department contact tracing measures. Telework is required whenever possible and in-person meetings are discouraged. All students returning home from a college or university, in-state or out of state, shall quarantine at home for fourteen days, or quarantine for no less than seven days after a negative COVID-19 test. This Addendum 8 is in effect until midnight on December 15, 2020.
- November 12, 2020: New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced updated quarantine restrictions for leisure travel outside of New England. As an alternative to the mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone returning to the state from outside of New England, the quarantine period can be reduced to seven days, if the person tests negative forCOVID-19 upon return. Essential travel, including travel for personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medication or for work will still be exempted from this quarantine requirement.
- November 9, 2020: The Vermont Community Loan Fund launched the Northern Vermont Recovery Loan Fund (NVRLF), a loan program for Northern Vermont businesses or organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Disclaimer: If you are wondering if your EIDL or PPP loan application has been accepted or approved by the SBA, please reach out to your lender or District SBA office. DRM cannot provide this information