Covid 19

COVID-19 Business & Nonprofit Guidance

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

Here are some highlights of the most up to date guidance:

  • City Council has lifted the restriction on "last call". Effective immediately, businesses with appropriate Department of Liquor and Lottery licensing may serve alcohol up until 2:00AM
  • All employees are required to wear facial coverings
  • 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
  • Retail businesses may only operate at 25% 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
  • 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
  • Businesses must POST their temporary occupancy limit
  • 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

Making Space for Restaurant and Retail Recovery

A multi-department initiative to develop expedited, low-cost strategies for businesses and residents to enjoy getting outside this summer. The Making Space initiative will allow businesses to comfortably expand into the right-of-way, and Burlingtonians to safely enjoy their summer outside.
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Shared Streets for Social Distancing

This initiative has three parts: 1) designating some streets for local traffic only, 2) designating other streets as “shared streets,” and 3) temporary parking restrictions in select locations to widen key walking and biking corridors.
Learn more »