Covid 19

COVID-19 Business & Nonprofit Guidance

Vermont Forward Plan

On April 6, Governor Scott announced a reopening guide for businesses and Vermonters to see the future of travel guidelines, business operations and event gatherings. The Vermont Forward Plan uses vaccination rates as key milestones for transitioning Vermont businesses to more general, universal guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19; modifying travel guidance; and when gathering size can increase between now and July 4. Beginning April 9, Group A sector businesses may follow universal guidance. Learn more and see updates by visiting the Vermont Forward Plan website. A recorded informational webinar is available related to business operations, events, and cross state travel.   


Vermont Forward Plan 


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The State of Vermont is regularly updating the most complete guidance for business owners. See updates here.

Restaurants and Bars

  • Effective 3/24: Bars and social clubs may operate under the restaurant guidance at section 7.1
  • Restaurants may seat multiple households at the same table, but no more than six people can be seated at the same table.
  • All restaurants must be closed to in-person dining at 10:00 p.m.
  • You may provide food and beverage alcohol accompanying food orders through: curbside pick-up, drive-through, delivery services for off-site consumption after 10:00 p.m.
  • 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. For more detailed guidance from the State, please Click Here.

All Businesses

  • Businesses, as of August 1st, must require customers to wear facial coverings unless they are seated and eating
  • Businesses, as of August 1st, may decline service to individuals who are not wearing a mask
  • All employees are required to wear facial coverings. For reference, the City of Burlington has created a face covering policy for city employees and guests of City employees on City property, feel free to use this as a guide when planning out COVID-19 policies and procedures.
  • Contact Log Requirements
    • Restaurants, museums, gyms and other establishments must keep an easily accessible, legible log of all employees, customers, members and guests and their contact information, including name, address, phone number and email address for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by VDH. For the sake of clarity, this requirement applies to all employees and all guests in every party. All customers, members and guests providing information consent to be contacted by the VDH Contact Tracing Team.
  • Retail businesses may only operate at 50% fire safety capacity OR 1 customer per 200 square feet
    OR 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. For more detailed guidance from the State of Vermont, please click here.
  • Businesses must post their temporary occupancy limit as well as which above method was used to determine it must be prominently on all entrances
  • All staff and customers must maintain 6 feet social distancing.
  • All employees must complete and document mandatory health and safety training as provided by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA).
  • Businesses are encouraged to set safety protocols for their businesses.
  • Cashless and touch-less transactions are strongly encouraged.
  • Curbside pick up remains the preferred method of operation.
    • When possible, retailers should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits.

Read the full update from the Governor