Covid Business Updates


Watch this page for business updates as we collect them.
Find Resources for Small Business Assistance here. 
Follow updates from the Mayor here.


Church Street is Open!

See Who's Open

 

Support Church Street Marketplace Retail

Find who's offering online ordering, delivery, and pick up! 

See the List

 

Support Church Street Marketplace Dining 

Find who's offering take out and delivery!

See the List

 

Complete list of what all Burlington businesses are offering

See the List 

 

Shop Online
Support your favorite small, local retailers by shopping from their online stores and picking up* or having your purchase delivered; many businesses are currently offering complimentary or discounted delivery. Consider upcoming celebrations or events for which you plan to give a gift, such as weddings, showers, and graduations, and begin buying them now. Small local retailers with online stores include:

April CornellBern GalleryBillie Jean VintageBurtonCatamount Store | Common Deer | Crow Books | Danform Shoes | Danforth Pewter | Dear Lucy | Dedalus Wine | Dobra Tea | Global Pathways |Home and GardenHomeport | HoundstoothHydrangea Too | Keep Vermont Weird | Kiss the Cook | Lake Champlain Chocolates | LeZot Camera | Lippa's | Maven Skateshop | MonelleOptical CenterOutdoor Gear Exchange | Patagonia Burlington (owned by Ski Rack) | Paw Print | Phoenix Books | Saratoga Olive OilSki Rack | Slate | Trinket VermontVermont Violins | Von Bargen's Jewelry| Whim

Shop On Social Media
Support businesses right from your phone with social media sales happening across the city. Small local retailers with social media sales include:

Anjou & The Little Pear | Dear Lucy | Designers Circle Jewelers | Downtown Threads | Ecco | Expressions | Global PathwaysJess Boutique | Liebling | Little Citizen | Optical CenterProject VintageStella Mae | Warner Supply | Whim

Order For Pick-Up or Delivery
Many restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in the city offer or have begun to offer pick-up and/or delivery options**. Local restaurants now offering pickup or delivery include:

American FlatbreadAsiana Noodle ShopAugust FirstBarrio Bakery | Big Apple Deli | Burlington Bagel BakeryBurlington BayChurch Street Tavern | Dave's Cosmic Subs| Dobra Tea | Drifter'sDuino DuendeFive GuysFolino's | Henry's Diner | Handy's Lunch | Honey RoadJuice AmourKens Pizza and Pub | Kountry Kart Deli | Leonardo's Pizza | Milton Diner | Mirabelle's Bakery | Misery Loves Co. | Mr. Mikes Pizza | My Little Cupcake | Onyx Tonics | Pho HongPizzeria Ida | Saigon Kitchen Restaurant

Local breweries and distilleries now offering pickup or delivery include:

Citizen Cider | Dedalus Wine | Mad River Distillers

Don’t forget to tip the restaurant staff and/or delivery driver!

Buy Gift Cards
Buying gift cards from your favorite businesses, including retailers, restaurants, and salons, is a great way to provide immediate support to businesses that you can use later. Visit their social media pages and/or websites to find out how to purchase gift cards directly.

 

Spread The Word
Spread the word about your favorite small businesses and how others can help support them on your social media accounts and online message boards.

 

*Businesses may have temporarily adjusted store hours; check with individual businesses to confirm their current operating hours. And remember: if you’re sick, stay home, do not pick up. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Cover your cough. Don’t touch your face. Consult professionals like the CDCWHOor Vermont Public Health Dept.

 

**GrubHub is deferring all commission costs for independent restaurants on delivery orders, and UberEats is waiving the delivery fees for independent restaurants. 


Resources for Small Business

 

Resource and Recovery Center (RRC)

The RRC’s function is to provide relief to the economic disruption through resources and 1 on 1 guidance. You can reach the RRC at 802-755-7239 and recovery@burlingtonvt.gov.

 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Federal Government is providing 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven. These loans are dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more.

 

CARES Act for Small Business Webinar 

The RRC hosted its first webinar with members of our legal, accounting, and banking community to discuss the CARES Act and answer your questions. In case you missed it or to watch it again, the video is now available here.

 

State Resources for Your Business

Find financial resources, stay-at-home guidance, unemployment information, and more from the State Agency of Commerce & Community Development here.

 

COVID19 Resources for Employers and Employees 

The Department of Labor has multiple resources to help you assist your employees through this difficult time. Utilize employer resources here. Encourage staff to file for unemployment with this form.

 

Keeping Your Business Safe

The BPD is dedicated to keeping your businesses safe during this time. They will continue with all the usual patrols. However, to help them out, all merchants should email Lt. Wade Labrecque wlabrecque@bpdvt.org with the landline of the store, primary contact if no one in the store, and secondary contact if primary can’t be reached. 

 


Help Our Mail Carriers

The US Postal Service will hold your mail – however, it is of great help to them if you can fill out this form so that the carriers aren’t forced to carry your mail around unnecessarily. 

 

Share the Impact You are Facing

Please continue to share the impacts COVID19 has had on your business via the Agency Business Impact Form, which will help the ACCD assess the full impact as they work toward solutions.

 

Advice for Business Interruption Insurance Coverage 

The Department of Financial Regulation has posted new Business Income Insurance Guidance. Details will vary from policy to policy, so if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance agent or broker. 

 

Water and Electric Will Not be Shut Off

The City has ensured all municipal services (water and electric) will not be terminated for non-payment of delinquent water and electric bills. They are also offering late payment forgiveness for water and electric bills.