Administration Announces New State Guidance and Requirements to Address Increase in COVID-19 Cases

To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation, Governor Scott has implemented several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations.  Click here for the executive order addendum.

This news follows daily case counts of 72 reported on Wednesday, 109 reported on Thursday and 84 on Friday, as well as an increase in hospitalizations in Vermont.  The Administration has targeted new mitigation strategies to address the areas that appear to be driving the spread. Since October 1, 71% of the cases associated with an outbreak are associated with an outbreak from a private party or social gathering.

The following measures are effective Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development will provide additional guidance as needed.

Telework Requirements

All businesses, non-profits and government entities shall reinstitute telework policies for all employees to the maximum extent possible. In person meetings are strongly discouraged and should be held by telephone or video conference whenever possible.

Public and Private Multi-Household Social Gatherings Prohibited

Attendance at all public and private social gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household. Individuals who live alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household.

Restaurant Hours and Seating Limits

Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10:00 pm, but may provide curbside and delivery service after 10 p.m. For in-person dining, restaurants must seat only one household per table, in accordance with existing capacity limits and the new restriction on multi-household gatherings. 

Closure of Bars and Social Clubs

Bars and social clubs will be closed for in-person service until further notice. Curbside and delivery service is allowed.

Pausing Recreational Sports

Youth and adult recreational sports activities, not related to Vermont Principals Association sanctioned school sports, are suspended until further notice. 


Contact Tracing and Testing Requirements

All restaurants and other businesses hosting non-essential activities shall maintain a 30-day log of employee and guest names and contact information in case contact tracing is required by the Health Department. These individuals are consenting to be contacted by the Health Department Contact Tracing Team. Further, all Vermonters are directed to comply with requests made by the Contact Tracing Team. Finally, college students returning home in Vermont (from in-state and out-of-state schools) shall quarantine for 14 days or seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and testing is strongly encouraged.

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