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Stay Home Stay Safe Sector Specific Guidance

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

PHASED RESTART WORK SAFE GUIDANCE

All businesses, whether essential or not, must abide by the following health and safety guidance included in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

All businesses must follow Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines:

  • Employees shall not report to, or be allowed to remain at, work or job site if sick or symptomatic (with fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath).
  • Employees must observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on the job. Businesses and non-profit or government entities shall ensure customers observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on location, to the extent possible.
  • Limit the occupancy of designated common areas, such as break rooms and cafeterias, so that occupants maintain strict social distancing of no less than 6 feet per individual. The employer shall enforce the occupancy limit and require employees to wipe down their area after use or shall ensure cleaning of the common areas at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Employees must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shield or “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask. Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks.
  • Employees must have easy and frequent access to soap and water or hand sanitizer during duration of work, and handwashing or hand sanitization is required frequently including before entering, and leaving, job sites.
  • All common spaces (when open) and equipment, including bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and doors, tools and equipment, and vehicles must be cleaned regularly and, when possible, prior to transfer from one person to another, in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Prior to the commencement of each work shift, all employees shall complete a health survey either in-person at the worksite or prior to arriving at the worksite. This screening survey shall require an employee to verify that he or she has no symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) before they enter the workplace. It is strongly recommended that a temperature check be conducted by the employee at home or a non-contact temperature check be conducted by the employer or the employee at the worksite. Employers may create systems that work best for their unique operations – but must be able to demonstrate, if asked by employees or state health officials, how the system ensures employees have been pre-screened for symptoms before they enter the workplace.
  • Signs must be posted at all entrances clearly indicating that no one may enter if they have symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • When working inside, open doors and windows to promote air flow to the greatest extent possible and limit the number of people occupying a single indoor space.
  • No more than 3 people shall occupy one vehicle when conducting work. Mass transit, taxis, ridesharing, and public safety are exempt from this rule.
  • No symptomatic or COVID-19 positive workers are allowed on site and any worker(s) who have contact with a worker or any other person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • All operations shall designate a health officer on-site at every shift responsible for ensuring compliance with the Executive Order and the Addenda thereto and applicable ACCD Guidance. This person shall have the authority to stop or modify activities to ensure work conforms with the mandatory health and safety requirements.
  • All businesses and non-profit and government entities shall encourage and facilitate telework among those employees with the capacity to work remotely when practical without impeding productivity. Employers shall accommodate the needs of high risk individuals, those workers who may have child care needs which cannot be met due to the closure of schools or child care facilities for reasons relating to COVID-19 and those individuals with concerns about personal health circumstances.
  • All employees, including those already working (except healthcare workers, first responders, and others already trained in infection control, personal protection/universal precautions), must complete, and employers must document, a training on mandatory health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard by May 4, 2020, or before returning to operations. Employers who need translations of the training materials have one week from the time the materials are made available.
  • For all mass transit CUSTOMERS/ RIDERS (in addition to the mandatory requirement for operators and staff) face coverings are mandatory on public transit conveyances and in stations and terminals, effective May 4, 2020.

Additional health and safety consideration for all business, non-profit and government operations:

  • Use of shared workspaces, desks, offices, etc. is discouraged to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Face-to-face staff meetings should be limited, and physical distancing must be observed.
  • Consider staggered work shifts, break times, etc. and expanding hours to reduce number of individuals working together and reduce contact with members of the public.
  • To the extent possible, provide access to hand washing and/or hand sanitizer for vendors, and customers.
  • Limit staff travel between multiple sites.
  • Ensure a safe process to receive supplies and deliveries.
  • Consider accommodations for employees at higher risk from COVID-19 infection (as currently defined by the CDC) to work remotely or have a job tasks that minimize public interaction.

The following sector guidance may be updated as public health and safety or conditions warrant, so please check this site frequently for the most up-to-date information. The most recent guidance will be indicated in red.

Request Additional Guidance

Compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive order is not voluntary, as clarified by the Enforcement Directive issued by the Office of the Attorney General. If members of the public have concerns about violations of the Executive Order, the Department of Public Safety has created a reporting mechanism to gather information about those complaints.

REPORT NON-COMPLIANCE COMPLAINT

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Consider how the re-opening process and operational changes might impact compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The health and safety guidance provided by ACCD does not negate any obligations as outlined by the ADA. Refer to A Primer for Small Business for additional information.


Find Guidance by Sector

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

  1. Agriculture and Forestry
  2. Arts, Culture and Entertainment Organizations
  3. Bars, Restaurants, Catering, and Food Service
  4. Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Seasonal Resorts
  5. Construction
  6. Consumer Retail Establishments
  7. Distribution
  8. Education and Childcare
  9. Financial, Legal and Professional Services
  10. Firearms
  11. First Responders
  12. Food and Beverage Manufacturing
  13. Funeral and Mortuary Services
  14. Health and Beauty
  15. Healthcare Providers
  16. Human Services
  17. Insurance
  18. Laundry and Dry Cleaning
  19. Lodging and Accommodations
  20. Manufacturing
  21. Marinas
  22. Marriage
  23. Media
  24. Mining
  25. Municipalities
  26. Outdoor Recreation
  27. Pet and Animal Care
  28. Property Management and Landscaping
  29. Real Estate
  30. Religious Organizations
  31. Ski Resorts
  32. Social Clubs (Private and Semi-private)
  33. Summer Camps
  34. Transportation

Agriculture and Forestry

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

In the Agriculture and Forestry sector, in-person operations may continue under the Governor’s Executive Order under certain circumstances. Section 6 (k) of the Executive Order states that “agriculture and farms, animal shelters, production and delivery of seed, chemicals and fertilizers, CSAs and veterinarians” are deemed critical and may continue in-person business operations. The Agency has also determined that additional national guidance includes Forestry in this category. Workers in forestry and logging, and those who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, wood energy, building supplies and other wood products are deemed critical to economic and national security per Section 6 (e) and 6 (k) of the Executive Order. Secondary manufacturing of non-essential wood products, such as furniture, toys, and home goods must occur in compliance with the manufacturing guidance within the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

Additional guidance for greenhouses and nurseries: Growing operations may continue with the minimum necessary in-person business operations. Consumer sales must follow the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance, including following consumer retail guidance:

These businesses should operate in accordance with the guidance for retail operations:

  • Non-essential retail operations are limited to 50% (fifty percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must POST their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at accd.vermont.gov.
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, retailers should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.

Additional guidance for farmers markets: The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets issued updated guidance specific to farmers markets. Markets could resume after May 1st following this guidance.

Additional guidance for pick your own operations: Pick-your-own agricultural producers, including berry farms and orchards, shall adhere to retail guidance, and follow the best practices identified in the Agency of Agriculture’s Pick-Your-Own Restart Plan. (Find additional information and FAQs about the Pick-Your-Own Restart Plan.)

Full list of sectors


Arts, Culture and Entertainment Organizations

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

As of June 1, libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and other indoor arts, culture and entertainment organizations may restart in-person operations if they follow the health and safety requirements contained in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance and the following:

  • Organizations may allow 50 percent of fire occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. 
  • Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation.  When possible, organizations should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.
  • Organizations should close or remove high touch entertainment features, including arcades. Play structures may be open to the public if they are properly signed reminding users not to use them if they or anyone in their household has been ill and to wash hands before and after use. Organizations responsible for play structures are encouraged to provide hand sanitizer for users of playgrounds.
  • Arts and Culture organizations offering summer camps may do so if they follow the guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, Agency of Education and Department for Children and Families surrounding the reopening of childcare programs, summer programs and afterschool programs.

Full list of sectors


Bars, Restaurants, Catering, and Food Service

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

  • Signs must be prominently posted at all entrances stating that no-one with a fever, respiratory illness, or symptoms of COVID-19 (see VDH guidance for the current symptom list) is allowed on premise. 
  • Occupancy & Seating 
    • Restaurants, catering, food service, and bars may allow 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors or their maximum licensed seating capacity, whichever is less.
    • Seating must be available for all patrons and seating must allow for physical distancing of at least 6 feet between seated dining parties. Standing is not allowed at this time. Customers must be seated while consuming food or beverages.
    • Bar seating may only be open if a physical barrier, such as a piece of plexiglass, separates the patrons from bartenders and the drink preparation area.
    • A counter area, such as a lunch counter or diner counter, may be open if there is at least six feet between customers and six feet between the customer and any waitstaff and no food or beverage production or storage occurs at the counter.
    • Reservations or call ahead seating is required. Reservations should be staggered to prevent congregating in waiting areas. Waiting areas must accommodate physical distancing.  
  • For “fast food” takeout or counter service (no wait staff), no reservations or logs of customers are required.  Please note that an absence of logs may require a public announcement of possible exposure if a case is identified. 
  • Consider using rolled silverware and eliminating table presets. Disposable/single use condiment packets are encouraged.  Multi-use condiments and all other items for general use must be cleaned and sanitized between customers.  
  • Use of shared food service (buffet style) and self-serve utensils, plates or napkins, are prohibited. However, a staffed banquet style buffet may occur if serving lines can accommodate physical distancing.
  • Customers are required to wear face coverings when not eating. 
  • Restrooms should be monitored and routinely cleaned and soap dispensers regularly filled. 
  • Disinfect all front-of-house surfaces including door handles, screens, phones, pens, keyboards; as well as tables, chairs and other areas of high hand contact frequently. 
  • Licensed caterers and licensed manufacturers may follow this guidance for either outdoor or indoor Catering Event Permits and Special Event Permits in compliance with all Department of Liquor and Lottery permitting and license requirements. These events must adhere to the event venue guidance found in section 10.1 allowing 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries and tasting rooms may offer outdoor beverage service in compliance with this outdoor dining guidance, and the temporary outdoor consumption notification and permit stipulations established by the Department of Liquor and Lottery.
  • Operators must maintain an easily accessible log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. This must include at least the name and phone number of one member of a party making a reservation with the date and time the person visited the establishment.

Full list of sectors


Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Seasonal Resorts

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Campgrounds, RV Parks and Seasonal Resorts may resume limited operations with specific health and safety requirements, for the purpose of serving Vermont residents and non-residents who can verify they have met the state’s quarantine requirements as outlined by the Vermont Department of Health.

All operations must operate under the following restrictions:

  • Campgrounds and RV Parks may operate at 100 percent capacity.
  • Campgrounds and may accept overnight reservations from: 
    • Vermont residents.
    • Out-of-state residents as follows:
      • Visitors coming from an area with <400 active cases/million residents, can travel to and from Vermont without quarantine requirements. Residents from these non-quarantine areas must travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicle.
      • Visitors coming to Vermont from outside of one of the non-quarantine areas, as long as you travel directly to Vermont in your personal vehicle, can complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in your home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions.
      • Visitors coming to Vermont from outside of one of the non-quarantine areas, and either taking public transportation like a bus, train, or plane, or if you driving and would need to stop along the way, will need to complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test when you arrive in a Vermont at either a lodging establishment or with friends or family.
  • Operators shall require a signed document or digital check box at time of reservation and check-in from the guest(s) attesting they meet the quarantine requirement, have traveled from a county with similar active COVID-19 caseload per the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), or are an essential/authorized worker. The Agency of Commerce has provided a Certificate of Compliance form at accd.vermont.gov that meets this criteria. However, operators may utilize an alternate method including those completed via electronic means such as email, or digital check box using this specific language:
  • Operators should recommend that out-of-state guests register with Sara Alert to get daily reminders via text, email or phone from the Vermont Department of Health.
  • All lodging and camping operations with more than 10 (ten) employees must complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan. VOSHA and the Agency of Commerce have provided a template at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart.
  • Check-in/out should be done via phone or electronic means to the greatest extent possible. 
  • All guests must complete a health questionnaire, which could be completed via phone or electronic means such as email, upon check-in.  Any guests that exhibit signs of illness or COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival may not be allowed to check in.  If symptoms begin during their stay must asked to leave and return home if possible. If departure is not possible, guests must self-isolate for the remainder of their stay and the Vermont Department of Health must be contacted immediately. 
  • A campsite, room or accommodation must thoroughly cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines before another guest may use the accommodation.
  • Operators must ensure there are no gatherings of more than 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Amenities may only be open if they are cleaned and sanitized between guest usage and are managed to restrict access to 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Social distancing can be maintained.
  • Play structures may be open to the public if they are properly signed reminding users not to use them if they or anyone in their household has been ill and to wash hands before and after use. Organizations responsible for the play structure are encouraged to provide hand sanitizer for users.
  • Food service, retail service and other services must be operated in accordance with the most relevant Work Safe guidance.
  • Direct contact services (such as check-in, bell, valet, housekeeping, etc.) must be limited to the greatest extent possible.  Cashless / touchless transactions are strongly preferred. 
  • Operators must maintain an easily accessible log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Vermont Department of Health. 

See also additional guidance for Lodging and Accommodations.

Full list of sectors


Construction

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The construction sector may operate limited in-person operations in accordance with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance allowing the construction sector to “restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the mandatory health and safety requirements...”. Businesses that ceased operations for 7 or more days during the state of emergency and have more than 10 employees at any one site must complete a restart and training plan. Visit the Restart Vermont page for more information.

Construction companies must not return to “normal” operations. Start times should be staggered to avoid gatherings, breaks should be staggered, and job meetings exceeding ten people should not occur.

Interior construction may occur in occupied structures.

Commuter (day trip) traffic to and from Vermont by those who travel daily between Vermont and adjacent states is authorized for essential travel (e.g. essential work, healthcare, groceries) and currently authorized daily work, family visitation, or recreation. Travel to and from Vermont from outside the daily commuting area AND by those who do not travel to and from adjacent states daily is currently restricted and subject to all other travel restrictions.

Those participating in essential work or currently authorized work that requires an overnight stay may utilize the state’s lodging, camping and short-term rental properties if the individual self-certifies upon arrival that they are authorized to work in Vermont, have not been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and have not experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours including a fever above 100.4°F, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache or new loss of taste or smell.

Full list of sectors


Consumer Retail Establishments

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Retail establishments may resume limited operations in accordance with the Work Safe Guidance:

  • Non-essential retail operations are limited to 50% (fifty percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must POST their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart/signage.
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, retailers should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.

Critical retailers, such as grocery stores, that continued operations under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order do not need to reduce occupancy to continue operating.

Organized outdoor markets, such as flea markets, shall adhere to the farmers market guidance issued by the Agency of Agriculture.

Pick-your-own agricultural producers, including berry farms and orchards, shall adhere to retail guidance, and follow the best practices identified in the Agency of Agriculture’s Pick-Your-Own Restart Plan. (Find additional information and FAQs about the Pick-Your-Own Restart Plan.)

Full list of sectors


Distribution

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance allows the distribution sector to “restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the mandatory health and safety requirements...” on May 11th. Businesses that ceased operations for 7 or more days during the state of emergency and have more than 10 employees at any one site must complete a restart and training plan. Visit the Restart Vermont page for more information.

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Education and Childcare

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The Vermont Department of Health has provided guidance and resources for administrators, teachers, school nurses, childcare programs, colleges and universities, and families.

K-12 educational organizations must follow the guidance issued by the Agency of Education guidance here: education.vermont.gov/news/covid-19-guidance-vermont-schools.

Childcare organizations, day summer camps and afterschool programs must follow the Vermont Department of Health, Agency of Education and Department for Children and Families guidance surrounding the reopening of childcare programs, summer programs and afterschool programs.

Colleges and universities must follow the Mandatory Guidance for College and University Campus Learning published by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Also refer to Guidance Inventory for College and University COVID-19 Support and additional guidance for Colleges and Universities from the Vermont Department of Health.

Independent schools with student boarding programs must follow the "A Strong and Healthy Start: Independent Schools with Student Boarding Programs" guidance published by the Agency of Education.

Full list of sectors


Financial, Legal and Professional Services

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Financial, Legal and Professional Services businesses may operate in compliance with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance including all mandatory health and safety requirements and:

  • Services operating with a single worker or small office environments (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above.
  • Remote work is required whenever possible. 
  • Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. 

Special information about Banking: Please read the Department of Financial Regulation guidance issued on March 26th.

Retail banking operations shall follow the consumer retail guidance:

  • Non-essential retail operations are limited to 50% (fifty percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must POST their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart/signage.
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, retailers should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.

Full list of sectors


Firearms

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Refer to: Consumer Retail Establishments

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First Responders

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

First Responder organizations may continue in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order under certain circumstances. Section 6 (b) states that “law enforcement, public safety and first responders, including fire, ambulance services, emergency medical technicians and emergency management personnel” are deemed critical and may continue in-person business operations.

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Food and Beverage Manufacturing

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The Food and Beverage Manufacturing sector may continue in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order. Section 6 (e) of the Executive Order deems food and beverage production to be critical. These businesses must ensure compliance with the health and safety requirements in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

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Funeral and Mortuary Services

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Funeral services, mortuary services and related businesses may continue in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order. The Agency directs organizations holding funeral services to follow all mandatory health and safety guidance in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance and:

  • Outdoor, drive-in, and remote services remain the preferred method of operation.
  • Funerals may occur at 50 percent of fire occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Physical distancing between household/family units should be observed.
  • Facial coverings are required.

Full list of sectors


Health and Beauty

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

On May 29th, hair salons and barber shops may reopen to the public subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements listed in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance and:

  • Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater.
  • Additionally, operators should separate customers in chairs, to achieve physical distancing of 6 feet for any activity that will occur for more than a few moments (e.g. a retail transaction).
  • To the greatest extent possible, operations shall be by appointment only with specified time periods for each client. No walk-In appointments or at home visits (house calls) are allowed.
  • Operations may serve only Vermont residents, those who meet the state’s travel policy, or others who have completed the prescribed quarantine.
  • For retail sales, curbside pickup is preferred; no testing / demonstration of products is allowed; and cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department.  

On June 1st, gymnasiums, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities, massage therapists, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, indoor recreation facilities (such as skating rinks and field houses), and businesses that require limited close personal contact may resume in-person operations subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements and: 

  • Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet and, no classes of more than 25 people shall occur in any single, distinct indoor space. 
  • Operators should separate customers to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet for any activity that will occur for more than a few moments (e.g. a retail transaction).
  • To the greatest extent possible, operations shall be by appointment only with specified time periods for each client. No walk-In appointments are allowed. 
  • Operations may serve only Vermont residents, those who meet the state’s travel policy, or others who have completed the prescribed quarantine. 
  • Locker rooms, waiting areas, and other common areas shall be restricted to occupancy limits noted above. 
  • For retail sales, curbside pickup is preferred; no testing / demonstration of products is allowed; and cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. 
  • Personal instructional services/lessons (such as art, music, athletic, skills, academic) may occur within the maximum occupancy limits mentioned above at a commercial location or residence. (Masks are required as of August 1, 2020, and physical distancing is encouraged to the extent possible.)
  • No contact games or contact activity, except for those activities essential to the safety of participants, during practices are currently allowed. 
  • Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Department of Health. 

Full list of sectors


Healthcare Providers

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Healthcare providers can find Phase 1 of Department of Health guidance at the Department of Health website.  Providers can also find specific Phase 2 guidance for dental operationsinpatient, and outpatient procedures from the Department of Health as well.

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Human Services

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Human Services businesses may operate in accordance with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Low contact or no contact professional services offered by these organizations may operate as follows:

  • Services operating with a single worker or small office environments (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, and the mandatory maximum occupancy limits (currently 50 percent fire safety capacity, 1 person per 100 square feet, and a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors).
  • Remote work is required whenever possible. 
  • Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. 

Full list of sectors


Insurance

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Firms in the Insurance sector may operate in accordance with the must updated Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance concerning low contact or no contact professional services:

  • Services operating with a single worker or small office environments (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, and the mandatory maximum occupancy limits (currently 50 percent fire safety capacity, 1 person per 100 square feet, and a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors).
  • Remote work is required whenever possible. 
  • Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department. 

Full list of sectors


Laundry and Dry Cleaning

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning businesses may operate in compliance with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Laundry and Dry Cleaning businesses may exceed these limitations on in-person operations supplying services to businesses or organizations providing essential services as designated by Section 6 (r) of the Governor’s Executive Order as a service provider to organizations in direct response to COVID-19 and other national security matters. Businesses providing cleaning, processing and management of PPE and other textiles to healthcare locations and laundromats and drycleaners providing service to first responders would be examples of acceptable activity. Non-essential business should cease, to limit in-person transactions, unless the business complies with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Laundromats may remain open as they provide essential services to those without in-home laundry.

Laundromats may continue to operate and are deemed essential, though they must comply with the health and safety rules in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

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Lodging and Accommodations

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

  • Multi-room lodging operations may book 100 percent of rooms.
  • Lodging operations and short-term rentals, campgrounds and marinas may accept overnight reservations from:
    • Vermont residents.
    • Travelers who travel from a county with a similar active COVID-19 caseload as Vermont as identified by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
    • Travelers from a high-risk area not identified as having a similar active COVID-19 caseload if they complete a quarantine in Vermont before arriving at a lodging property.
    • Travelers may complete either: (i) complete a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) complete a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions if they come to Vermont in a private vehicle (including private air travel) directly from their home.
    • Travelers may complete either: (i) a 14 day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in a Vermont lodging establishment regardless of destination origin or manner of travel (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).
  • Operators shall require a signed document or digital check box at time of reservation and check-in from the guest(s) attesting they meet the quarantine requirement, have traveled from a county with similar active COVID-19 caseload per the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), are an essential/authorized worker. The Agency of Commerce has provided a Certificate of Compliance form at accd.vermont.gov that meets this criteria. However, operators may utilize an alternate method including those completed via electronic means such as email, or digital check box using this specific language:
  • Operators shall recommend that out-of-state guests register with Sara Alert to get daily reminders via text, email or phone from the Vermont Department of Health  
  • Any guests that exhibit signs of illness or COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival may not be allowed to check in.  If symptoms begin during their stay they must be asked to leave and return home if possible. If departure is not possible, guests must self-isolate for the remainder of their stay and the Vermont Department of Health must be contacted immediately. 
  • All lodging and camping operations with more than 10 (ten) employees must complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan. VOSHA and the Agency of Commerce have provided a template at: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart
  • Lodging operations and campgrounds must alter normal operations to maximize social distancing of guests.
  • Check-in/out should be done via phone or electronic means to the greatest extent possible.
  • A room or accommodation must be thoroughly cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines before another guest may use the accommodation.
  • Operators may accommodate events with 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, not including staff).
  • Only one party should use an elevator at any given time.
  • Amenities may only be open if they are done so in accordance with the Executive Order and the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Amenities must be cleaned and sanitized between guest usage and be managed to restrict access to 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or one person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Food service may only be offered in compliance with current restaurant guidance. Indoor dining is restricted to 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or one person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Direct contact services (such as check-in, bell, valet, housekeeping, etc.) must be limited to the greatest extent possible. Cashless / touchless transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Operators must maintain an easily accessible log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department.

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Manufacturing

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance allows the manufacturing sector to “restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the mandatory health and safety requirements...” on May 11th. Businesses that ceased operations for 7 or more days during the state of emergency and have more than 10 employees at any one site must complete a restart and training plan. Visit the Restart Vermont page for more information.

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Marinas

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Marinas may open and operate with minimum staff necessary for the purpose of serving Vermont residents and non-residents who can verify they have met the state’s quarantine requirements as outlined by the Vermont Department of Health.

Marina services, such as retail operations, dining options, boat maintenance, and fuel services should be operated in accordance with guidance that dictates each individual function.  As an example, a retail operation at a marina should offer curbside or delivery service but may offer in-person retail with up to 25 percent of the capacity of the store (see Consumer Retail Establishments for more information).

Marinas may operate at 100 percent capacity for seasonal or transient dockage.

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Marriage

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Justices of the Peace and other officiants may perform in-person marriages. Town offices shall provide marriage licenses in compliance with the Work Safe memo – encouraging town offices to operate remotely, online, and to offer curbside service.

Effective June 26th, weddings may occur in compliance with the Work Safe occupancy limits for event venues:

  • 50 percent of approved fire safety occupancy to the set maximum below; OR
  • One customer/person per 100 square feet of customer facing space to the set maximum below if no fire safety occupancy is established.
  • Operations may not exceed 75 total people for inside operations or events even if their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation would otherwise permit a greater amount of people; AND
  • Operations may not exceed 150 people for outside operations or events even if their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation would otherwise permit a greater amount of people.
  • Staff and vendors are not counted in the maximum number.
  • Food service operations at events must comply with the Restaurant, Catering, Food Service and Bars guidance.
  • **Outdoor service, events, and gatherings are strongly preferred.** 

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Media

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Media sector businesses may continue in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order under limited circumstances. Section 6 (o) of the Executive Order deems news media as a critical business that may continue in-person business operations. In addition, the printing and distribution businesses associated with news media operations may continue operating in-person as necessary to serve clients exempted from the order.

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Mining

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance allows the mining sector to “restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the mandatory health and safety requirements...” on May 11th. Businesses that ceased operations for 7 or more days during the state of emergency and have more than 10 employees at any one site must complete a restart and training plan. Visit the Restart Vermont page for more information.

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Municipalities

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

The Governor’s June 15th Amended and Restated Executive Order clarified that municipalities shall provide services to Vermonters and other customers seeking to perform authorized functions, such as recordings and research required for real estate, financial and other legal transactions, as well as services required so economically disadvantaged populations can access available benefits.  Municipal services shall be provided in accordance with the Work Safe Guidance.

Whenever possible, municipalities should continue to use innovative strategies to provide these services, including online services, services by appointment, and curbside services to reduce in-person contact.  However, the Work Safe Guidance specifically allows low contact and no contact professional services, such as municipal office work, to occur with up to 50 percent fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors.

Libraries may operate in accordance with art, culture and indoor entertainment guidance (25 percent capacity, etc). The Vermont Department of Libraries has issued recommended best practices.

The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has provided guidance to local officials and municipal staff regarding elections and Vermont’s open meeting law, which can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

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Outdoor Recreation

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Outdoor recreation businesses, organizations and municipalities may reopen outdoor recreation facilities in accordance with the Play Smart and Play Safe Addendum 13. (Indoor recreation facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and hockey rinks may also resume in-person operations, but shall follow the guidance in Section 8.1 of the Work Safe Memo – “Close Contact Business”.)

Businesses, facilities and organizations which support or offer outdoor recreation and fitness activities that require low or no direct physical contact may return to operation under all applicable health and safety requirements established in Governor's Emergency Order. These include, but are not limited to state and municipal parks, recreation associations, trail networks, golf courses, big game check stations, and guided expeditions. In addition, organizations, businesses and facilities catering to outdoor activity must adhere to the conditions set forth below:

  • Complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan (organizations that have been closed must do so before reopening). VOSHA and the Agency of Commerce have provided a template at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart.
  • Require an “arrive, play and leave” mentality. Groups may not gather before or after activities (no tailgating, etc.).
  • These opportunities are for Vermont residents, and those who meet the cross state travel guidance about traveling to and from Vermont.
  • Implement measures, including signage and registration processes, that reinforce parks, facilities, trails, etc. are only open to Vermonters and those who have met the cross state travel guidance.
  • Implement measures, including signage, discouraging contact sports and games. For example, outdoor basketball courts may be open to “shoot hoops,” but full contact games should be discouraged.
  • Eliminate services or transactions that result in touch points and/or staff-customer interactions that are not absolutely necessary. This includes prioritizing credit card, telephone and electronic payment; cash transactions may only be accepted as a last resort.
  • Reduce high contact surfaces and common areas and disinfect rental equipment between users.
  • Play structures may be open to the public if they are properly signed reminding users not to use them if they or anyone in their household has been ill and to wash hands before and after use. Organizations responsible for the play structure are encouraged to provide hand sanitizer for users.
  • Limit gatherings of people to as few as possible to ensure physical distancing of six feet or more can occur. All outdoor events must comply with the special event guidance in the Work Safe memo Large outdoor facilities such as trail networks, beaches, and municipal parks may have more than 150 people in them as long as there is no single gathering or event exceeding 150 people and all guests can maintain six feet of physical distancing between households.
  • Restroom facilities may only be opened if they can be regularly cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines.
  • Organized sporting events and spectator events are not permitted at this time. Organized sports must comply with the Work Safe Guidance included in the Work Safe Guidance Memo: “9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games and Tournaments”.
  • Outdoor sporting events may occur with up to 150 people including participants and spectators as long as spectator areas can accommodate adequate social distancing of at least 100 square feet per person. 
  • Pools and beaches may open if they comply with this guidance. Due to the limited size of pools, organizations shall follow the occupancy rules for event venues in Section 10.1 (currently 50 percent fire safety capacity or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors). The Town of Killington completed a pool reopening plan you may wish to use as a model.

Low-contact and no-contact businesses that provide instructional services to people participating in outdoor recreation—including but not limited to tennis, golf, horseback riding, personal training, and yoga—may provide outdoor instruction to groups of less than 50 percent fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Organizations must implement protective measures such as not participating if any signs of illness are present, practicing physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, and cleaning equipment and other shared items between usage. Participants must bring and use their own equipment (such as yoga mats, weights, jump ropes, etc.). All activities shall be conducted with proper physical distancing with participants no less than 6 feet apart. Organizations or businesses must complete all the steps found here before beginning such classes or programs: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart.

Businesses and organizations should only have the minimum number of staff completing in-person business activities as is necessary to ensure the safe operation of their outdoor recreation facilities.

Those taking part in activities should only do so in accordance with additional outdoor recreation and fitness guidance available online at https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19 and https://vtfishandwildlife.com/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19.

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Pet and Animal Care

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Pet care, animal care and related businesses may resume limited in person operations in accordance with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Section 6(f) of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order specifically allows in-person business operations related to animal feed and essential supplies and Section 6(k) allows for in-person operations of animal shelters and veterinarians. Under this guidance, businesses that sell pet food could continue in-person operations. Animal shelters for animals without permanent homes can continue in-person operations to care for animals. Dog sitting services, animal boarding (except for agricultural purposes), dog walking services, and doggie daycares may only continue operations if they comply with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. Individuals, non-profits and businesses that import animals as pets—or for other recreational use—including rescue animals and pleasure or competition horses—may only do so if the people accompanying the animals comply with the Department of Health’s mandatory quarantine requirements for people traveling to and from Vermont. Individuals who personally care for their own pets or other recreational animals may bring them to Vermont for ongoing care.

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Property Management and Landscaping

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Property Management and Landscaping businesses may conduct limited in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order. The Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance concerning outdoor business and construction specifically allows:

  • Those who exclusively or largely work outdoors (such as civil engineering, site work, exterior construction, skilled trades, public works, energy and utility work, mining, forestry, environmental monitoring, landscaping, painting, tree work, parks maintenance, recreation maintenance, delivery work, etc.) may resume operations in compliance with the Work Safe Guidance.
  • Interior construction may occur in occupied structures.
  • In addition, section 6(m) of the Executive Order states that “other building and property services for the safety, sanitation and operations of residences or other businesses” are deemed critical. The Agency interprets this to include snow removal, building services such as janitorial services, and security services, pest control and maintenance and repair operations that are essential to protecting property. These essential businesses may, as necessary, exceed the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

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Real Estate

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

All professional services should be provided in a manner calculated to minimize in-person contact. Any activity that can be conducted remotely, online, by phone, or email, should be. The sale of real estate shall only occur within the confines of Section 1.2 of the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance concerning low or no contact professional services and in accordance with the real estate restart plan created in cooperation with the Vermont Association of Realtors.

  • Services operating with a single worker or small office environments (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, with no more than 25 persons (service provider and client) present at one time.
  • Remote work is required whenever possible.
  • Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Department of Health.

Real estate services, whether by real estate firms, brokerages, attorneys or individuals, must conduct as much work as possible remotely and change the way they have traditionally done business. However, the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance deems real estate and associated services (such as title searches, appraisals, and home inspections), as low- or no-contact professional services and allows them to resume limited operations. Real estate open houses may only occur if these strict physical distancing and group limits can be enforced per state requirements of no more than 50 percent fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors. Realtors (or landlords) may show homes (or rental units) in accordance with these same maximums. Masks must be worn by all and avoid touching surfaces unless necessary.

Title searches should be conducted by appointment. Appraisers should use drive by appraisals as an alternative to entering a home if possible.

Special note about out-of-state buyers/renters: Those selling real estate shall not encourage or accommodate out-of-state buyers to visit properties unless the clients have self-quarantined in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health quarantine guidance or are traveling from a non-quarantine county.

However, if the out-of-state visitor has entered into a fully-signed and accepted Purchase and Sales Contract or Rental Lease Agreement for a specific property, an agent or individual may accommodate a viewing of that property if the buyer/renter has not completed their quarantine under limited circumstances:

  • The buyer/renter has entered into a legal Purchase and Sale Contract or Rental Lease Agreement for the specific address they plan to visit; AND
  • The buyer/renter travels directly to and from the property and can do so without any NONESSENTIAL stops along the way; AND
  • The buyer/renter travels via their own personal motor vehicle and is able to travel round trip to and from the Vermont property in the same day (no overnight stay in Vermont); AND
  • The buyer/renter certifies they have not experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19 including and have not been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days and has satisfactorily completed the required COVID-19 Real Estate Access Questionnaire.

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Religious Organizations

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Religious facilities and places of worship may resume operations subject to the mandatory health and safety guidance contained in the  Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance and: 

  • Outdoor, drive-in, and remote services remain the preferred method of operation.
  • Organizations may allow 50 percent of fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet.
  • Physical distancing between household/family units should be observed. 
  • Facial coverings are required.

All participants must practice physical distancing. We ask faith leaders to help members of their congregations understand the dangers of COVID-19 and educate congregants of current CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidance.

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Ski Resorts

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Ski resorts must operate under the guidance issued on November 3, 2020 available at: accd.vermont.gov/content/vermont-ski-resort-covid-19-winter-operations-guidance

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Social Clubs (Private and Semi-private)

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Such as American Legions, VFWs, Moose Lodges, Knights of Columbus, etc.

Private or semi-private social clubs must only re-open in-person operations in accordance with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s Work Safe Guidance available at: accd.vermont.gov/news/update-new-work-safe-additions-be-smart-stay-safe-order.

Social clubs may operate under the newly established occupancy limits for event venues including:

  • 50 percent of approved fire safety occupancy to the set maximum below; OR
  • One customer/person per 100 square feet of customer facing space to the set maximum below if no fire safety occupancy is established.
  • Operations may not exceed 75 total people for inside operations or events even if their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation would otherwise permit a greater amount of people; AND
  • Operations may not exceed 150 people for outside operations or events even if their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation would otherwise permit a greater amount of people. 
  • Staff and vendors are not counted in the maximum number.
  • Food service operations at events must comply with the Restaurant, Catering, Food Service and Bars guidance.
  • **Outdoor service, events, and gatherings are strongly preferred.**

Physical distancing must be maintained between members / customers and masks are required for employees/volunteers and as well as for guests, members and visitors as of August 1, 2020 (clubs may decline service to individuals who are not wearing a mask). Clubs that offer food service must follow the most up-to date restaurant guidance – including restrictions on bar service. Organizations may run entertainment and other programming as long as it is done so in compliance with all other Work Safe guidance.

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Summer Camps

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

Summer day camps serving Vermonters and those meeting the Department of Health quarantine requirements may operate in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health, Agency of Education and Department for Children and Families guidance surrounding the reopening of childcare programs, summer programs and afterschool programs.

Overnight summer camps and limited residential summer college programming shall operate in accordance with Health Guidance for Childcare Programs, Summer Programs and Afterschool Programs. Recognizing the unique ability of residential programs to control and monitor the activity of their participants, the following supplemental guidance shall be in effect June 7th: 

  • Overnight summer camp programs may operate at 75 percent their bed capacity. 
  • Limited residential college programming refers to college programming where students are living on a campus for no more than 8 weeks with no more than 50 participants. 
  • Overnight summer camps and limited residential summer college programs may operate in groups of greater than 25 as long as physical distancing occurs between individuals.  
  • Programs are encouraged, but not required, to break larger camps into small groups of not more than 25 individuals in a single pod, including staff and counselors, to reduce the risk of camp-wide exposure. Wherever possible, the same staff should remain with the same group each day.  
  • All out-of-state staff and out-of-state campers who are not traveling directly from a non-quarantine county must complete one of the following quarantine protocols for overnight summer camps and limited residential college programming (each camp is responsible for ensuring their campers and staff comply):
    • 14 DAYS AT CAMP: Campers are “quarantined” at camp, with their pod, for 14 days. Campers may not interact with anyone outside of their pod for the 14 days.
    • 14 DAYS AT HOME: Campers self-quarantine at home for 14 days before travelling to Vermont, provided they come directly to camp without making any stops along the way that could potentially expose them to the virus. (This option is not available to campers who fly to Vermont)
    • 7 DAYS AT CAMP + NEGATIVE TEST RESULT: Campers are “quarantined” within their pods for 7 days and, if they remain symptom-free, they are then tested for COVID-19 using a PCR test. If test results are negative, campers are subsequently permitted to mix with other campers outside of their pod.
    • 7 DAYS AT HOME + NEGATIVE TEST RESULT: Campers self-quarantine for 7 days at home. Prior to departing for camp, they take a PCR test for COVID-19 and remain quarantined while they await the result. Timing is arranged so that they depart for camp within 24 hours of receiving a negative test result, and they come directly to camp without making any stops along the way that could potentially expose them to the virus. (This option is not available to campers who fly to Vermont).
  • Families must exercise extreme caution when bringing students to camp: 
    • No more than one family member may travel with the camper; 
    • No overnight accommodations will be available to families dropping campers off; 
    • Families should practice curbside drop off without entering the camp facility; and 
    • Camp programs should organize carpooling, van service or bus service from other states to reduce unnecessary cross state travel. 
  • Campers and staff must wear cloth face coverings whenever in the presence of others, except in those exceptions identified in the Governor’s Executive Order, and policies must be in place to promote physical distancing. 
  • Camps shall prohibit non-essential visits from family and friends. 
  • Staff and other visitors who are not staying at the camp for the duration of the camp shall not have close physical contact with campers or staff. 
  • Camps must maintain a log of all staff, campers and visitors, including their contact information, in the event contact tracing is required by the Department of Health.

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Transportation

The ACCD Guidance Memo supersedes this Sector Specific Guidance at this time, as the Sector Specific Guidance does not yet reflect the latest Governor's Executive Order.

In the Transportation sector businesses may continue in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order under limited circumstances. Critical transportation services for people and goods are deemed critical, this includes rideshare, transit, and rental car companies (when used for essential travel). Auto repair shops may remain open but should implement ways of doing business that reduce in-person operations as much as possible. The Department of Motor Vehicles has issued additional recommendations on best practices for repairs and inspections.

Auto dealers may continue to sell vehicles if they implement policies that that comply with the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance directed at no-contact or low-contact professional services and retail operations.

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