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    Default Vermont Governor's Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order

    Has anyone been affected by Governor Scott's executive order prohibiting non-essential businesses?

    https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/s...ER%2001-20.pdf


    The order clearly doesn't designate the maple syrup business as exempt. I think it's obvious that you can continue as a one-person operation, and immediate family within your house.
    Ken & Sherry
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    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    My wife is a nurse on the labor and delivery floor and I am a road foreman for our town. We are lucky to have stable jobs but hers has become a very worrisome place to be and we are trying to juggle daycare with 3 kids between the two of us while working full time jobs. The whole ordeal in itself has caused some major changes in our lives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TapTapTap View Post
    The order clearly doesn't designate the maple syrup business as exempt.
    Section 6.e. exempts "...food and animal feed manufacturing, processing and supply..."

    Section 6.k. exempts "agriculture and farms..."

    Both encompass maple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    Section 6.e. exempts "...food and animal feed manufacturing, processing and supply..."

    Section 6.k. exempts "agriculture and farms..."

    Both encompass maple.
    I agree, but it also fails on the following general statement which seems to be the basis of the exemptions:

    "Services or functions in Vermont deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security"

    So I think that maple industry would not fall into the intent for exemptions.
    Ken & Sherry
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    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    A small portion of VMSMA Guidance in a newsletter issued after the Governor's order.

    How does this Addendum affect Maple?
    The Addendum clearly specifies that businesses or entities that provide services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security shall remain in operation with certain restrictions.


    "Agriculture and farms" and "agricultural sector equipment parts, repair and maintenance" are considered "services or functions in Vermont deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security" and, therefore, can remain in operation within certain parameters (this includes maple). Maple is clearly considered part of agriculture and therefore deemed "critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security" within the parameters outlined in the Addendum. This means that you can continue to operate your sugaring business/operation. If you have employees, please make sure that you all continue to carefully follow the CDC and VDH guidelines. If you have a retail operation (for maple equipment or for food/beverage), you are also considered essential; however, you need to conduct your business through on-line and telephone orders for delivery and curbside pickup to the extent possible. Mail and shipping services are considered an essential service as well, so you can continue to mail your maple products to customers."
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    Read between the lines of all that and it sounds like the Governor purposely excluded maple in a roundabout way. It’s VT in peak maple season. Just be safe and smart about it folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainebackswoodssyrup View Post
    Read between the lines of all that....
    Generally there is not any reading between the lines required. If they meant to exclude maple, it would have said “agriculture and farms, except for maple...”
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    I think that the executive order can be rsad with some flexibility. However, i think the governors intent is to shutdown all "in-person jobs" unless it's necessary for health and safety. I've seen it first hand in my real job which is construction, also a special industry for Scott. This afternoon all nonemergency state projects were shut down at 5pm, which rescinded earlier directives.

    The state is taking this very serious and holding a hard line, despite the hardship on businesses and employees.
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
    https://www.facebook.com/pumpkinhillmaple/

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    I can't speak on Vermont, but here in New York "agriculture" and "food making operations" are exempt from the shut down. They are on the "essential" list.
    I work at a bread factory by day and make maple syrup by night. So it's been business as usual for me and I have not worried about it.

    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucket Head View Post
    I can't speak on Vermont, but here in New York "agriculture" and "food making operations" are exempt from the shut down. They are on the "essential" list.
    I work at a bread factory by day and make maple syrup by night. So it's been business as usual for me and I have not worried about it.

    Steve
    In the construction world, we have projects in NY that are exempt also. But not in VT. Our governor stated in yesterday's news conference that VT shutdown is the strictest in the nation.
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
    https://www.facebook.com/pumpkinhillmaple/

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