This ongoing situation means information will come out daily. For a full up-to-date briefing from Vermont and New Hampshire state governments please visit the following links:
New Hampshire & Vermont
November 23, 2020 Update
Mass. Travel Restrictions: In relation to leisure travel, Massachusetts will start requiring that people arriving from NH and Maine stay in quarantine for two weeks or produce a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours of arrival. Vermont remains a low risk state and not subject to the new restrictions.
Exemptions apply to construction workers traveling to construction sites in the Bay State, but their travel must be for work. Workers traveling for leisure reasons cannot rely on this exemption. Our advice is to have employees come directly back to NH after completing the day’s work.
November 19, 2020 Update
Beginning on November 20, 2020, all persons over the age of 5 within the State of New Hampshire
shall wear a mask or cloth face covering over their noses and mouths any time they are in public
spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical
distance ofat least six feet from persons outside their own households.
Read the order.
November 17, 2020 Update
Please read Josh Reap's letter to VT Gov. Phil Scott here
Please read Josh Reap's letter to NH Gov. Chris Sununu here
Vermont announced several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations. Click here for information from VT Dept. of Health.
All businesses shall reinstitute telework policies for all employees to the maximum extent possible.” Realizing that field operations are different, construction can continue working under COVID for the time being; however we need to make sure that continues. It is important that as contractors in Vermont, we have to:
- Wear masks – it's become just like all other PPE on the job-site,
- Physically distance, and adjust work processes when possible to encourage compliance,
- Remain vigilant with job-site cleanings, use wash stations and proper hand hygiene, and
- If someone feels sick, have them stay home and get tested before they come back to work.
VERMONT Safety & Health of Workers Training (Refresher and New Hires) – ABC is offering Health & Safety COVID-19 Training for new hires and as a refresher on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 10am. Zoom link here
New Hampshire continues to allow social gatherings and provides employers with the following recommendations
for the workplace. Click here for the full details
. Some highlights:
- Do not permit non-essential business travel,
- Employees with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 must not be allowed into the facility, and
- A person can be allowed off “quarantine” and back to work when 14 days have passed from their last exposure or return from travel. People identified with higher-risk travel outside of New England have the option of shortening their travel-related quarantine by getting a test on day 7 of their quarantine to obtain results from a PCR-based test.
While you are doing your part, the ABC is working with Vermont and New Hampshire leaders to communicate we’re on the same team and working to make sure our job sites remain safe and COVID-free as much as possible.
ABC National Webinars
In response to the overwhelming number of questions about the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19, ABC National has created a webinar series with industry experts to provide insights and guidance. Recordings of previously held webinars are available to members.
Helpful Information for You and Your Company Locations:
Please consider reviewing the CDC's recommendations including:
- Encourage employees to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Encourage proper hand washing and healthy hygiene.
- Wear a face mask if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Limit face-to-face meetings. Leverage videoconferencing when possible.
- Print, post and share information about prevention tips throughout your facility.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Click here for disinfectant guidance from the CDC
Refer to Addressing COVID-19: Recommended Strategies for Employers to Use Now, a news article on our website for additional information.
ABC NH/VT Headquarters & Staff
ABC NH/VT chapter staff have been taking, and will continue to take, increased cleaning and sanitizing steps at our Concord headquarters using approved disinfectant products. While we always strive to maintain a clean facility, our efforts have increased with additional precautions for the safety of our members, visitors and staff. At this time, the chapter office will maintain normal business hours, and all staff are available to continue providing you with services and assistance. As always, you are also welcome to connect with our staff via their emails or via the Chapter phone: (603) 226-4789.
Massachusetts (Information for contractors performing work in Massachusetts)