Vermont Forward Plan Announced, Universal Guidance for Businesses, Travel Updates

Governor Phil Scott has released the Vermont Forward reopening plan to help Vermonters and local businesses see the path for a phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings. The plan was developed by the Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and uses vaccination milestones to ensure a safe easing of restrictions and continued reopening of the state’s economy.  Click here for more.

Universal Guidance

As part of the Vermont Forward plan, universal guidance will transition businesses from sector-specific mitigation measures to more broad mitigation measures across most sectors. Universal guidance has five main tenets: Stay home if you’re sick, wear a mask, ensure six-foot spaces and uncrowded places, practice good hygiene, and know the travel restrictions.

For the purposes of transitioning business operations to universal guidance in a phased-in approach, tied to increasing vaccinations, sectors have been placed into two groups.

The full universal guidance and sector breakdowns with effective dates are posted on the ACCD website clicking here.

Travel Policy Changes

The Vermont Forward plan will also bring changes to travel quarantine rules. Effective April 9, quarantine will no longer be required for visitors coming to Vermont or for Vermonters returning from out-of-state travel.

However: The updated travel policy instead requires unvaccinated visitors to be tested for COVID-19 within three days of travel before they arrive in state. Unvaccinated Vermonters must get a test within three days of returning. Testing is not required for vaccinated guests and residents.