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Stay Home Stay Safe Sector Specific Guidance

This guidance has been updated to reflect the latest Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

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, pre-screening and health survey shall be required to verify each employee has no symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). At the present time non-contact thermometers are in short supply, however employers shall immediately order, and use their best efforts to obtain, thermometers in order to conduct routine temperature checks.
  • 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 2 people shall occupy one vehicle when conducting work.
  • 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 business, non-profit and government operations must use remote work whenever possible.
  • 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.

 

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


Find Guidance by Sector

  1. Agriculture and Forestry
  2. Arts, Culture and Entertainment Organizations
  3. Bars, Restaurants 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. Summer Camps
  32. Transportation

Agriculture and Forestry

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:

As of May 18th, these businesses should operate in accordance with the guidance for retail operations:

  • Non-essential retail 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. 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: On May 5, 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 available 6/1.

Full list of sectors


Arts, Culture and Entertainment Organizations

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:

  • They 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.  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, 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 and 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 and Food Service

Bars, Restaurants and Food Services may continue limited in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order. The Governor’s Executive Order on Restaurants  allows restaurants to offer take-out, curbside and delivery services. In addition, Section 6 (e) of the Executive Order deems food production to be critical. Businesses that produce any food or beverage are deemed critical. These businesses must follow the mandatory health and safety requirements in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.

Starting on May 22nd, restaurants may also offer outdoor dining services under the following circumstances: 

  • Reservations or call ahead seating is required
  • Ordering via phone or electronic means is preferred. 
  • Takeout service rather than table side delivery of food is preferred. 
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred. 
  • Tables must be spaced a minimum of 10 feet apart. 
  • Members of only 2 households and 10 total people may be seated at the same table. 
  • Operators must limit the total number of customers served/seated at one time to 50 or their maximum licensed seating capacity, whichever is less. 
  • Disposable menus are required.
  • Disposable/single use condiment packets are encouraged.  Multi-use condiments and all other items for general use must be cleaned and sanitized between customers. 
  • 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. 

Outdoor dining may occur in an existing outdoor dining venue (such as a porch, deck, sidewalk or alley of a restaurant) or in a new dining area (such as a park, street, sidewalk or alley that a local town might make available to the restaurant given the extraordinary circumstances).  Please be sure to check with local authorities about using shared space (such as parking spaces, sidewalks and park land).  “Outdoors” refers to any space that is not permanently air conditioned or heated and does not have more than 2 walls.

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development worked with the Vermont Agency of Transportation on a toolkit to help restaurants and municipalities evaluate whether to make streets, rights of way and other public infrastructure available for outdoor dining.

Restaurants may make bathrooms inside their establishments available to customers if they are regularly cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines. Operations must have hand washing sinks and hand sanitizer readily available for frequent hand washing.

Bars, breweries, distilleries, cideries, and tasting rooms may offer outdoor dining services or beverage services in compliance with this outdoor dining guidance, and the temporary outdoor consumption notification and permit stipulations established by the Department of Liquor and Lottery. Tastings should not occur indoors — either as part of retail or food and beverage operations.

Full list of sectors


Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Seasonal Resorts

Effective May 22, campgrounds, RV Parks and Seasonal Resorts may resume limited operations with specific health and safety requirements, and occupancy/capacity limits, for the purpose of serving Vermont residents and non-residents who can verify they have met the quarantine requirement as outlined by the Vermont Department of Health. 

All reservations from out of state guests who cannot first meet the mandatory quarantine requirements must be cancelled through June 15, 2020. The State may require similar reservations to be cancelled beyond June 15th.

All operations must operate under the following restrictions:

  • Campgrounds, RV Parks and Seasonal Resorts may accept overnight reservations from Vermont residents, those who have met the minimum quarantine requirement, and essential employees allowed under the original Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Operators may require a copy of a Vermont drivers license or a signed document from the guest(s) attesting they meet the quarantine requirement.
  • In addition, campgrounds and lodging operations may accept seasonal campers whose reservations were made before March 25th AND whose stays last the entire season if those campers are Vermont residents or individuals who have met the minimum quarantine requirement.
  • Guests must complete their self-quarantine in Vermont BEFORE arriving at a campground or RV park. The campground or RV park shall not be used by visitors from out-of-state as a location to complete their initial quarantine.
  • Campgrounds may book a maximum of 25% (twenty-five percent) of sites for non-residential lodging (e.g. those who are not semi-permanent/seasonal residents – including housed AHS clients, essential workers, etc. - which are excluded from the calculation). Ensure separation to the greatest extent possible. Standalone cabins, cottages, and short-term rentals are excluded from this requirement. 
  • The following is an example of how a campground could determine its “25 percent maximum”:

    100 campsites
    -15 seasonal residents (more than 30 day lease)
    -5 essential workers
    = 80 available sites x .25 = 20 available sites to short-term campers

  • 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 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 10 people on the property. 
  • Amenities may only be open if they are cleaned and sanitized between guest usage and are managed to restrict access to 25 or fewer individuals, including employees and social distancing can be maintained. 
  • Food service may only be offered as take out or delivery or in compliance with current restaurant 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 Health Department. 

See also additional guidance for Lodging and Accommodations.

Full list of sectors


Construction

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 mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Vermont.

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

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

  • Non-essential retail 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. 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 available 6/1.

Full list of sectors


Distribution

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.

Full list of sectors


Education and Childcare

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 may continue to offer remote learning opportunities and limited in-person educational operations surrounding those remote learning opportunities.  As of June 7th, residential colleges may offer small residential summer programs for less than 50 people per campus. Colleges may offer their facilities for summer camps that operate in accordance with other summer camp guidance.

Residential colleges that are housing students unable to leave the state due to travel restrictions or housing instability may continue to provide services to those students.

The Agency is working with higher education institutions on a reopening plan for the fall semester.

Full list of sectors


Financial, Legal and Professional Services

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, 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 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 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. 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 Agency recognizes state and federal law require firearm sales to occur through in-person transactions to comply with background checks. As such, firearms dealers may continue limited in-person operations but must:

  • Limit in-person transactions to the extent possible.
    • Consider by appointment only, curbside pick-up, and prepay only to limit interactions.
    • Suspend browsing. Ask customers to know what they want before they come to the store.
    • Suspend handling of firearms. If the customer knows what they want, they should then be able to handle it, but prevent the browsing and touching of multiple firearms to avoid the risk of spread to employees and customers.
    • Suspend the sale of non-essential items. This will limit browsing. Clothing, shoes, outdoor supplies, are examples of non-essential items, but please use best judgement and limit to the extent possible to keep employees and customers safe.
  • Take additional steps to ensure social distancing.
    • Limit the number of customers in the store at one time to ensure at all times 6 feet can be maintained between customers and employees.
    • Limit the amount of employees in the store at one time, while maintaining safety of the firearms.
    • Employees that can work remotely must do so (office work, payroll, etc.)
  • Firearm dealers who wish to close may make those decisions themselves.

Full list of sectors


First Responders

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.

Full list of sectors


Food and Beverage Manufacturing

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.

Full list of sectors


Funeral and Mortuary Services

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.
  • Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 person per 200 square feet, whichever ensures physical distancing.
  • Physical distancing between household/family units should be observed.
  • Facial coverings are recommended.

Full list of sectors


Health and Beauty

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 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). 
  • Gyms and fitness centers should adopt a reopening plan based on the restart plan found here: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart/plans#gyms-and-fitness-centers
  • 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 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 and physical distancing are 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

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 operations, inpatient, and outpatient procedures from the Department of Health as well.

Full list of sectors


Human Services

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, 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 Health Department. 

Full list of sectors


Insurance

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, 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 Health Department. 

Full list of sectors


Laundry and Dry Cleaning

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

Effective May 22, lodging operators, including short-term rentals, may resume limited lodging operations with specific health and safety requirements, and occupancy/capacity limits, for the purpose of serving Vermont residents and non-residents who can verify they have met the quarantine requirements as outlined by the Vermont Department of Health.

All reservations from out of state guests who cannot first meet the mandatory quarantine requirements must be cancelled through June 15, 2020. The State may require similar reservations to be cancelled beyond June 15th.

Guests must complete their self-quarantine BEFORE arriving at the lodging property, accommodation or short-term rental. The lodging property, accommodation or short-term rental shall not be used by visitors from out-of-state as a location to complete their initial quarantine.

All operations must operate under the following restrictions:

  • Lodging operations, short-term rentals, campgrounds and marinas may accept overnight reservations from Vermont residents, those who have met the minimum quarantine requirement, and essential employees allowed under the original Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Operators may require a copy of a Vermont drivers license or a signed document from the guest(s) attesting they meet the quarantine requirement.
  • Multi-room lodging operations and campgrounds may book a maximum of 25% (twenty-five percent) of rooms or sites for non-residential lodging (e.g. those who are not semi-permanent/seasonal residents – including housed AHS clients, essential workers, etc. - which are excluded from the calculation). Ensure separation to the greatest extent possible. Standalone cabins, cottages, and short-term rentals are excluded from this requirement. 
  • 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 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.
  • A 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 10 people on the property. 
  • 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 25 or fewer individuals, including employees, and maintain social distancing.
  • Food service may be offered as take out, delivery or outdoors in compliance with current restaurant 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 Health Department.  

Lodging operations may continue to provide lodging for the following purposes: housing for vulnerable populations (emergency shelter for homeless individuals) as arranged through the state; providing accommodations for health care workers, or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure; use of lodging properties being used as quarantine facilities as arranged by the state; and limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of Vermonters. These guests do not count towards a lodging properties 25 percent maximum.

Below is an example of how a property would calculate its “25 percent maximum”:

100 room property
-20 rooms currently occupied by essential workers
-10 rooms currently occupied by AHS guests
=70 vacant rooms x .25 = 17 rooms (round down to the whole number)

See also additional guidance for Campgrounds, RV Parks and Seasonal Resorts.

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Manufacturing

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

Marinas may open and operate with minimum staff necessary to serve their members and guests.

Marinas may accept seasonal boaters with pre-existing reservations or ownership shares, including boaters who overnight on their boats. However, operators must ensure that users are Vermonters, those that have completed their Department of Health prescribed self-quarantine, or workers currently approved to work under the state of emergency. 

Any new reservations for short-term OR long-term stays should only be made in accordance with updated guidance for the lodging sector.  This includes restricting transient reservations to 25 percent of capacity.  This calculation should be made after an operation subtracts seasonal boaters from their availability.

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 for more information).

Below is an example of how a marina would calculate its “25 percent maximum”:

100 slip facility
-89 seasonal slip rentals/owners
-1 essential worker living on their boat in one slip
10 slips available for short-term/transient boating x .25 = 2 slips available (round down to whole number)

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Marriage

Justices of the Peace and other officiants may perform in-person marriages if there are 25 or fewer participants. Town offices may, at their discretion, issue marriage licenses.

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Media

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 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

Municipalities may resume most in-person operations within the confines of the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. The guidance specifically allows low contact and no contact professional services, such as municipal office work, to occur with 25 or fewer people (workers and visitors/customers total). The Agency’s Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance allows outdoor work with a maximum of 25 or fewer employees and allows construction to occur with the minimum number of employees necessary (please see that guidance for more information).

Libraries may operate in accordance with art, culture and indoor entertainment guidance (25 percent capacity, etc).

The Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance specifically authorizes libraries to offer curbside service. 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

Outdoor recreation businesses, organizations and municipalities may reopen outdoor recreation facilities in accordance with the Play Smart and Play Safe Addendum 13. The Agency issued the following guidance on May 6th, effective May 7th.

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 have met the minimum 14-day quarantine requirement.  Visitors from other states, and countries, are still being asked not to come to Vermont. If they do they are required to self-quarantine for at least 14 days after arriving in Vermont before engaging in any activities.
  • Implement measures, including signage and registration processes, that reinforce parks, facilities, trails, etc. are only open to Vermonters and those who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement.
  • 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, including closing waiting areas, removing picnic tables, closing play structures, and offering only rental equipment that can and will be thoroughly disinfected between users.
  • Close indoor facilities (such as lobbies, pro-shops and other small retail operations, bars and restaurants), and only deliver services curbside, outdoors, or via online portals.
  • Limit gatherings of people to 25 or less. Large outdoor facilities such as trail networks and municipal parks may have more than 25 people in them as long as there are no large gatherings in any one distinct portion of the facility exceeding 25 people.
  • 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.
  • Pools and beaches may open if they comply with this guidance.

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 25 people outdoors provided that protective measures are followed 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.

Golf courses shall follow the reopening plans available at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart. Golf courses with food and beverage operations may offer services such as take out and curbside delivery and their patrons may consume food and beverage while playing on the course. Operations should not offer sit down service.

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

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

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 with a maximum of 10 total workers per location/job.
  • 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

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. Professionals must limit interactions to no more than 25 people (the professional and a client). Real estate open houses may only occur if these strict physical distancing and group limits can be enforced, scheduled property showings where no more than 25 people are present may occur. Realtors (or landlords) may show homes (or rental units) to a group of 25 people or less, assuming they can practice physical distancing, at a time, with 30 minutes between showings. 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. 

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.

Special note about showing occupied homes: Realtors and landlords may not require occupants of a home or apartment to allow potential buyers or renters into their homes during this extraordinary time. 

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Religious Organizations

The Agency recognizes the constitutional significance of religious liberty and the personal significance to many of worship in a religious community. The significant health risks posed by this highly contagious virus, particularly to elderly and at-risk Vermonters, requires religious organizations to significantly alter worship in a brick and mortar setting.

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. 
  • Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 person per 200 square feet, whichever ensures physical distancing. 
  • Physical distancing between household/family units should be observed. 
  • Facial coverings are recommended. 

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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Summer Camps

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 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 test recognized by the State of Vermont. 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 test for COVID-19 recognized by the State of Vermont 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 should 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

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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