COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center

Update on New Work Safe Additions to the Be Smart, Stay Safe Order

MEMO

FROM:   Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
TO:           Vermont Businesses and Employers
DATE:     October 26, 2020 || Modifications and new sections are in red.
RE:            Update 26 – New Work Safe Additions to the Be Smart, Stay Safe Order

In the days and weeks to come we will work to restart Vermont’s economy in the wake of COVID-19. Understanding the need to restart the economy as soon as possible and improve our overall social wellbeing, we cannot allow for a resurgence of COVID-19 that would undermine or lose the important public health outcomes achieved to date.  Our work to transition Vermont out from under the Stay Home order swiftly and responsibly will take just as much effort and goodwill as we have all expended in recent weeks. Working closely with the Health Department, the State Emergency Operations Center, and dedicated professionals across State government, we have developed, and will continue to refine, critical steps to ensure the health and safety of Vermonters and the continuity of our healthcare system.  

As we move forward, businesses and employees must understand that how they work is essential to resuming and maintaining business operations. Preventing outbreaks and limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the only way to avoid future business and social disruption. The success of this phased restart will depend in large part on the ability of employers and employees to adhere to the public health, safety, and social distancing measures essential to limiting the spread of illness.   

To that end, the following is required of all businesses currently operating and those re-started:

MANDATORY HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL BUSINESS, NON-PROFIT & GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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 (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).
  • 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 if the employee works alone and does not interact with customers outside the work station.
  • Businesses, non-profit and government entities may decline service to individuals who are not wearing a mask. This includes refusing service to those who are exempt from the mask mandate, however, the business shall provide an alternate way for those unable to wear a mask to access the business, such as offering curbside pick-up, delivery, or other innovative solutions.
  • 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 (except those that work alone and have no contact with other people during their shift such as those who work from home remotely) 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, that all 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 close contact for more than 15 minutes with a worker or any other person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days. See the Department of Health’s guidance on work place exposures.
  • 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. Employers who need translations of the training have one week from the release of the translated training to complete this requirement.
  • All businesses that have been closed for 7 or more days during the state of emergency must complete and keep on file a reopening and training plan (businesses with fewer than 10 employees at any physical location are not required to create such a plan, however, they must follow all other guidelines and employees must take the VOSHA training). VOSHA and the Agency of Commerce have provided a template at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart. The plan must, at a minimum:
    • Adopt a phased approach to reopening which provides sufficient opportunity to operate first in a low density and low contact environment before making the incremental changes needed to accommodate more moderate density activity while continuing to maintain health and safety.
    • Update physical and administrative safety systems to accommodate COVID-19 VDH/CDC/VOSHA guidelines, health monitoring, including temperature checks, cleaning and sanitizing methods and physical distancing measures.
    • Take appropriate measures to protect employees at greater risk of contact by virtue of their occupational role or setting.
    • Businesses with fewer than 10 employees at any physical location are not required to create such a plan, however, they must follow all other health and safety guidelines above including taking VOSHA training.
  • 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. Private charter buses and large multi-passenger vans should only be used if density is reduced to allow for social distancing. This includes reducing capacity to 50 percent, leaving every other seat empty, and every other row open. Cloth face coverings must be worn. K-12 school transportation services shall follow guidance included in the Agency of Education’s Strong and Healthy Start guidance.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS 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.   

BUSINESS CUSTOMER & GENERAL PUBLIC MASK USE

As of Saturday, August 1, 2020, Vermonters and visitors are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they come in contact with others from outside their households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

Masks or cloth facial coverings are not required when someone is engaged in strenuous exercise or activity, for anyone under the age of 2, any child or adult with a medical or developmental issue or challenge that is complicated or irritated by a facial covering, anyone with difficulty breathing or as further set forth in guidance issued by VDH. A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical or developmental issue, or difficulty breathing, shall not be required to produce documentation, or other evidence, verifying the condition.

Businesses and non-profit and government entities shall implement measures notifying customers or clients of the requirement to wear masks or facial coverings, which may include, but shall not be limited to, posting signage stating that masks or cloth facial coverings are required and denial of entry or service to customers or clients who decline to wear masks or facial coverings.

For the text of the order establishing the mask requirement, read the Executive Order.

CROSS STATE TRAVEL

Vermonters may travel outside of Vermont to counties across the Northeast including New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont (less than 400 cases per million) and return without quarantining if they do so in a personal vehicle (including private air travel). Similarly, residents of other states who live in counties across the Northeast including New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont (less than 400 cases per million) may enter the state for leisure travel without quarantining under specific conditions laid out below.

The State of Vermont has determined that any county with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents meets this criteria. The Agency will publish an updated map and list each Tuesday by 5 p.m. at accd.vermont.gov identifying quarantine and non-quarantine counties throughout the Northeastern United States. Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.

Residents from a non-quarantine county may travel to Vermont without quarantine restrictions if they travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicle. This includes overnight travel, commuting for work, leisure visits and recreation. Travelers are encouraged to register with Sara Alert upon arrival to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19. Travelers must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in their home upon return.

Travelers, including Vermonters, that visit or are from a quarantine county must still quarantine for 14-days upon entrance into Vermont or quarantine for at least seven days upon entrance into Vermont and receive a negative COVID-19 test.

Authorized Work Exemption: The State of Vermont currently allows those traveling to or from Vermont for authorized work, whether they are a Vermonter or a non-resident traveler, to enter Vermont without quarantining when:

  • Traveling to conduct authorized work; and
  • If the individual has not been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, has not experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours including a (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).

Travelers may complete either: (i) a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test - in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions if they drive directly from their home via their personal vehicle.

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).

People traveling for essential purposes, including work, do not need to quarantine. Essential travel includes travel for personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody, for food, beverage or medicine, to attend preK-12 school if commuting daily, or to perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate. The current State of Emergency requires employers to use remote work and telework whenever possible to avoid unnecessary work travel. Businesses and employees must only travel for work related trips when absolutely necessary.  Individuals engaged in a daily commute to and from their job are expressly exempt from the need to quarantine by Executive Order.

Persons should not travel to, from, or within Vermont if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they meet the criteria for needing to Isolate or Quarantine.

Please review the travel FAQ.

PHASED RESTART

Operations deemed “essential” may continue to operate under pre-existing guidance with the addition of the mandatory health and safety requirements above.  

To safely reopen certain operations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and not defined as essential, Governor Scott has directed the Agency of Commerce - in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety – to authorize, subject to mandatory health and safety requirements listed above and additional sector specific guidance below, the following: 


1.1 Outdoor Businesses

  • Those who exclusively or largely work outdoors (such as landscaping, painting, parks maintenance, recreation maintenance, delivery work, etc.) may resume operations.

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


1.2 Low 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. 

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


2.2 Farmers Markets

  • Farmers markets may open using limited in-person operations to ensure consumer access to quality, healthy food if:
    • They adhere to all municipal ordinances and rules and their local municipality agrees to allow opening.  
    • Markets must significantly alter their business practices to eliminate crowds and reduce contact between vendors and customers including a temporary transition away from shopping and social events to primarily a food distribution system.
    • Markets are directed to follow any additional guidance issued by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


3.1 Manufacturing, Construction, and Distribution Operations

  • Manufacturing, construction, and distribution operations that ceased operations for more than seven days during the state of emergency may restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations while maintaining compliance with the mandatory health and safety requirements above, and: 
    • Interior residential and commercial construction may occur in occupied structures as of May 22.  

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


4.1 Outdoor Recreation and Fitness 

Vermonters are encouraged to participate in outdoor recreation and fitness activities, while limiting themselves to those activities that can be enjoyed while adhering to social distancing and hygiene requirements, and which require low or no physical contact with anyone outside their immediate household. This includes, but is not limited to biking, hiking, walking, running and other outdoor fitness activities; golf, tennis, skate parks and other outdoor no-contact sports; horseback riding, boating and paddle sports, fishing, hunting, photography and nature walks.    

  • These opportunities are for Vermont residents, those from non-quarantine counties in New England and New York, and those who have met the quarantine requirements.  Visitors from other states, and countries, must follow the state’s quarantine requirements before engaging in these activities in Vermont.
  • Vermonters participating in outdoor recreation activities that are not physically strenuous are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. Masks may be removed for strenuous activities and exercise if the individual is not in the presence of others and not participating in organized sports (please refer to Section 9.1 of this guidance for additional information about requirements surrounding organized sports).

Nothing in these guidelines should be interpreted to override the need to continue to observe requirements for use of trails or property. For instance: mud season limitations on the use of trail networks; that users obtain appropriate permission from private landowners where required; and the expectation that, where needed, users will check with state or local land managers regarding conditions that remain in effect. Additional information on good etiquette and safe practices for outdoor recreation is available at: https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19 and https://vtfishandwildlife.com/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


4.2 Outdoor Recreation Businesses, Facilities and Organizations 

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: 

  • 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 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”.
  • 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).

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


5.1 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.
  • Yard sales and garage sales may occur at private residences.
  • Organized outdoor markets, such as flea markets, shall adhere to the farmers market guidance issued by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
  • 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.)

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


5.2 Drive-In Operations

Drive-in operations including, but not limited to, movie theaters, fireworks displays, parades, restaurants, religious services, graduation ceremonies, and other gatherings may occur subject to the mandatory health and safety guidance above and:

  • Vehicles must be spaced a minimum of 6 (six) feet apart.
  • People should stay in or near their vehicles to prevent interaction with other parties at drive-in operations.
  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
  • Restrooms on site must be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • Any concessions on site must be done via takeout or delivery or pursuant to any future food service guidance.

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


6.1 Lodging, Campgrounds and Other Accommodations

  • 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.

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


7.1 Restaurants, Catering, Food Service, and Bars

  • 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.

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


7.2 Hair Salons and Barber Shops

Hair salons & barber shops may reopen subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, 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. 
  • Only hair care services shall be offered during the first phase.

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors

 


7.4 Religious Facilities and Places of Worship

  • Religious facilities and places of worship may resume operations subject to the mandatory health and safety guidance above, and: 

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

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


8.1 Close Contact Business (Gyms, Fitness Centers, Spas, Nail Salons, etc.)

Fitness centers (gyms) and similar exercise facilities, massage therapists, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, businesses that require home visits, such as cleaning services and similar operations, and businesses that require limited close personal contact may resume in-person operations subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, and:

  • Operations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet, with a maximum of no more than 75 indoors and 150 outdoors.
  • 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 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, personal training, academic) may occur within the maximum occupancy limits mentioned above at a commercial location or residence. (Physical distancing is encouraged to the extent 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. 

Phased Restart: Full list of sectors


8.2 Overnight Summer Camps and Limited Residential Summer College Programming

Overnight summer camps and limited residential summer college programming shall operate in accordance with Health Guidance for Childcare Programs, Summer Programs and Afterschool Programs issued by the Vermont Department of Health on May 13, 2020. 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 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 Health Department. 

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8.3 Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment (Effective 6/1)

  • Libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and other indoor arts, culture and entertainment 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. 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.

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9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments

  • Cloth face coverings must be worn by all players, coaches, officials, staff and spectators at all times when indoors, including during practices, scrimmages, games, meets, and competitions, and when outdoors for all activities whenever physical distance of six feet cannot be consistently maintained. Individuals failing to properly mask should be asked to comply or directed to immediately leave the activity or facility. If an individual fails to properly mask, the facility or the State of Vermont may suspend the team’s practices or games indefinitely.
    • Anyone with a documented medical or behavioral reason for not wearing a facial covering should not be required to wear one.
    • Any officials working indoor games or competitions must properly mask at all times and use an electronic, handheld whistle. For outdoor sports, referees and other game officials must have a mask on their person at all times and are required to wear a mask during arrival, departure, warm-ups, half-time, etc., and anytime there is need to approach a player or coach to explain a call or manage the game when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
    • Athletes participating in gymnastic, cheer and dance skills and events that require inversion (i.e., tumbling, vaulting, bars, etc.) are exempt from wearing a mask while performing. Modifications should be considered to limit inversions, twisting, and tosses in order to promote masking. Because of the increased risk of transmission associated with vocalization, cheer squads currently may not perform vocal routines in practice sessions or competitions.
  • Vermont-based sports teams may only participate in sporting events in Vermont, and these events may only occur between or involve Vermont-based teams. Any Vermont based athlete or team that chooses to leave the state to participate in a recreational sports practice, scrimmage, pick-up game or competition, must complete a quarantine before returning to work, school or attending public events. This guidance applies even if the sports event is taking place in a county identified as eligible for quarantine-free travel on the state’s cross-state travel map.
    • Individuals from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based team, club, organization or league or routinely utilize a training facility in Vermont may participate if they reside in counties eligible for quarantine-free travel to Vermont (they reside in a “green county”) based on the most recent map published by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel).
    • Currently, individual matches between clubs from outside Vermont may not be held at Vermont facilities.
  • Concerns related to compliance with these guidelines are best addressed to the team or facility manager; on-going concerns may also be submitted via the Executive Order Reporting Tool on the Department of Public Safety website at https://dps.vermont.gov/home
  • All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators should complete a health check before arriving at practice sessions, scrimmages, games, meets or competitions, including a temperature check. At a minimum, the following questions should be considered:
    1. Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19?
    2. Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have they had 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?
  • If a participant indicates that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you believe your establishment has been exposed to COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 802-863-7240 in order to determine next steps.
  • Consistent with the most current guidance available from the American Academy of Pediatrics, all children and adolescents (thru age 22) diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, regardless of symptom severity, may not return to play until asymptomatic for at least 14 days and cleared by their primary care physician. Adult athletes or others (e.g., referees) who exercise vigorously during an athletic event diagnosed with COVID-19 infection should not return to play or vigorous exercise until asymptomatic for two weeks and cleared by their physician.
  • Avoid congregating before, during, and after practice; promote an “arrive, play, and leave” mentality. Players, coaches and officials should arrive for practices, games, meets and competitions dressed to play to the maximum extent practicable and limit time spent in locker rooms. Any locker room use must adhere to all physical distancing and masking requirements.
  • Sports leagues and organizations should prioritize non-contact activity, such as conditioning and drills where physical distance can be maintained, and give strong consideration to implementing modifications to reduce intensity of face-to-face contact and promote physical distancing (i.e., eliminating face-offs in boys lacrosse; modifying corner kicks in soccer; removing checking in hockey).
  • During times when athletes are not actively participating in practice or competition, all athletes are expected to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between individuals. Teams must ensure adequate physical distance between players on the sidelines or benches and should structure team meetings to limit congregation.
  • Should data emerge that indicates evidence of COVID-19 transmission as a result of sports-related activities, additional restrictions may become necessary, including but not limited to:
    • Further restrictions on travel to participate in sports events;
    • Suspending games, meets and competitions;
    • Closing or otherwise limiting access to facilities.
    • Such decisions will be made by the Department of Health in consultation with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Natural Resources.
  • Leagues, meet organizers or home teams must maintain list of participants in each practice, scrimmage, game, match or grouping for 30 days to assist in contact tracing.
  • The risk associated with different types of sports programs is a function of the degree of contact between participants and the type of setting or venue in which the contest is held.
    • Outdoor Sports
      • No or low-contact – cross country running, golf, tennis, equestrian, bass fishing tournaments, sideline cheer, single sculling, alpine skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, track and field – may hold team practice sessions, games, competitions and meets. The total number of people present at any meet or competition may not exceed current limits on outdoor event size – currently 150. A meet may involve multiple groupings through the day if the groups do not interact with one another. For example, meet organizers may consider staggered starts and departures to ensure the number of participants on-location at a single point in time does not exceed limits on event size.
      • Close proximity or moderate contact – soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, ultimate frisbee, 7-on-7 football, crew with two or more rowers – may hold team practice sessions, scrimmages and games.
      • High contact – football, rugby – may hold practice sessions limited to no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Full contact scrimmages and games are not permitted. Lower contact formats, such as 7-on-7 football, may be considered as alternatives.
      • Spectators – the number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. Interactions between spectators and participants should be minimized before, during and after events. Spectators should be actively discouraged from attending practices and scrimmages. At no time shall the total number of people present exceed current limits on event size – currently 150 for outdoor events. Large outdoor facilities such as trail networks, ski areas and multi-venue facilities 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.
    • Indoor Sports - COVID-19 is more likely to spread in closed indoor spaces with poor ventilation, meaning indoor sports are inherently higher risk, and outdoor alternatives should be utilized to the maximum extent practicable.
      • No or low-contact – track and field, individual event swimming, bowling, gymnastics, figure skating – may hold team practice sessions, competitions and meets. The total number of people present at any practice, meet or competition may not exceed current limits on indoor event size.
      • Close proximity or moderate contact – 5-on-5 basketball, indoor soccer/futsal, ice hockey, broomball, volleyball, team dance, competitive cheerleading – may hold team practice sessions, scrimmages and games/competitions. The total number of people present at any practice, game or competition may not exceed current limits on indoor event size.
      • High contact – wrestling – may hold practice sessions limited to no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Full contact matches are not permitted.
      • Spectators – the number of spectators must be limited to a maximum of one per participating family for any indoor youth sports (U19) practice, scrimmage, pick-up game or competition. No spectators are allowed to attend adult sporting events, including games. At no time shall the total number of people present at an event exceed current limits on event size – currently 50% of fire safety capacity or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people for indoor events. Any facility may place further limits on spectators. Measures must be put in place to ensure six feet of physical distance is maintained between individual spectators.
      • Large indoor venues – Venues over 17,100 square feet in size may accommodate up to 150 people indoors if they comply with the special guidance for large indoor businesses in section 10.1 of the Work Safe Memo.
      • Weight rooms and other indoor training facilities – use of indoor training facilities, such as weight rooms, must adhere to the most current guidance published by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for fitness centers, which currently limits use to 25% of approved fire safety occupancy or one person per 200 square feet. Usage must be structured in a manner that ensures six feet of physical distance between individuals for any activity that will occur for more than a few moments (e.g. spotting a lift).
      • Indoor sports facilities should take steps to ensure adequate ventilation, including:
        • Increase the volume of outdoor air to the maximum possible and reduce the volume of recirculated air being returned while the gym is occupied.
        • Select maximum filtration levels for the HVAC unit.
        • Ensure that the HVAC unit runs continuously while the facility is occupied, and that HVAC unit runs for at least two hours before and two hours after occupancy.
    • The Strong and Healthy Start guidance published by the Agency of Education requires school to restrict the number of people in the school building that are not students or staff to the “minimal number necessary.” Recognizing that many elementary-age recreational sports programs are administered by the local municipality (as opposed to school-sponsored), the following steps are necessary to ensure consistency with AOE’s guidance:
      • Any recreational sports program utilizing a school facility must limit participants to those within the “sending area” served by the school for academic instruction;
      • Visitors are limited to “key personnel” and therefore must reflect the minimum number necessary to safely run the program;
        • No spectators are allowed to attend games or practices;
    • Schools may choose to impose additional restrictions, including limiting or prohibiting the use of facilities for games with other recreational programs from outside the school’s sending area.
    • “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted in Vermont. This will be reevaluated on March 1st.
    • Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the number of people present at each facility does not exceed 50% of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet and current limits on events – a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). As noted above, large indoor venues over 17,100 square feet may accommodate up to 150 people indoors if they comply with the special guidance for large indoor businesses in section 10.1 of the Work Safe Memo.
      • Venues with multiple facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another.
    • Facility schedules should be planned in a manner that avoids contact between different user groups, including staggered starts and sufficient time between games to minimize contact between arriving and departing cohorts.
    • Additional Safety Precautions
      • While lobbies and other similar spaces at indoor venues are allowed to remain open, great care must be taken to limit capacity and prevent players and/or spectators from congregating. Spectators should be strongly encouraged to enter the facility as close to the start of the event as possible, and return to their cars immediately following its conclusion. Limits on numbers in lobbies and other similar spaces must be strictly enforced and may not exceed 50% of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet.
      • While in-person, team-based social events are often considered an integral component of recreational sports leagues, more frequent, extended physical or close contact increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission between team members should an outbreak occur. In the interest of reducing preventable transmission events, team-based social gatherings are strongly discouraged until all other COVID-19-specific restrictions regulating sports leagues are fully lifted.
      • During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve adequate physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
      • Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible.
      • No spitting or expulsion of bodily fluids of any sort on the playing service (field, court, ice, etc.), or anywhere in or around the playing service or in the facility.
      • No sharing of water bottles.
      • Discourage unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs.
    • This guidance will be reviewed and updated, as necessary, on or about January 1, 2021.

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10.1 Occupancy Limits for Event Venues (Weddings, Funerals, Parties, Concerts, Large Sporting Events)

Event venues, arts, culture, and entertainment venues, and restaurants serving the public may accommodate:

  • 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 regardless of their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation; AND
  • Operations may not exceed 150 people for outside operations or events regardless of their fire safety occupancy or square footage calculation. 
  • 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.
  • Event organizers 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 every attendee, including staff.
  • **Outdoor service, events, and gatherings are strongly preferred.**
  • Special guidance for large outdoor venues (race tracks, baseball and football stadiums, fairgrounds, outdoor concert venues)
    • Large outdoor event venues that can usually accommodate more than 1,000 people may be able to exceed the 150 maximum limit by creating multiple distinct event locations that meet the event criteria.
    • These distinct event locations within the same event must be separated by a physical barrier (fencing, rope, etc.) and at least 25 feet.
    • Signage must be prominently posted prohibiting groups interacting with other groups.
    • These venues must ensure that the 150 people in each distinct event location do not interact with one-another by providing separate:
      • Parking areas
      • Concessions and vendors
      • Bathrooms
      • Entrances and exits
    • All events must be pre-ticketed, no walk-up customers are allowed.
    • Event venues must maintain guest lists by grouping and information about what vendors had contact with each grouping for 30 days to assist in contact tracing.
  • Special guidance for large indoor businesses (over 17,100 square feet)
    • Indoor businesses / spaces that exceed 17,100 feet, have 10’ ceilings or more, have no full walls interrupting the space, and have physical distancing plans in effect to prevent people from being within 6’ of each other, may have up to 150 people in the same space under the following conditions:
      • Capacity must remain below 50 percent fire occupancy.
      • The business / organization must break the group of 150 into separate units not to exceed 75.
      • The business must have a plan in place to ensure that no mixing between groupings occurs. For example, a bowling alley that measured 17,500 square feet could rope off half the lanes and have two separate groupings of 75 on each half of the lanes. Low-duration and low-contact interactions between groups (such as walking to a bathroom) is permitted if strict 6-foot physical distancing can be maintained.
      • The business must put systems in place to separate the groups, including clear signage and physical barriers such as ropes, prohibiting contact with people in other groupings.
      • Businesses must collect a name and phone number for all guests that includes the date and time the guest was in the space and maintain the logs for 30 days in the event of contact tracing.
  • An event venue (indoors or outdoors) may host multiple maximum groupings through the day if the groups do not interact with one another. For example – a craft fair could schedule multiple different groups of 150 (if outdoors) or 75 (if indoors) throughout the day to come to a show as long as they staggered the arrivals, ensured all members of a group departed before the second group entered, and followed event guidance. Vendors would not count as part of the group of 75/150.

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11.1 College and University Campus Learning

Colleges and universities may provide in-person campus learning in accordance with the Mandatory Guidance for College and University Campus Learning published on the ACCD Restart webpage.

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If your business or circumstance does not meet these criteria, additional guidance will be forthcoming.

For additional information visit https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business/restart

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