Covid 19

City's Response to COVID-19

    What to Do                                                                                                                     

If you are experiencing the symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your healthcare provider online or by phone. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation. Use the CDC Self Checker Tool to review your symptoms.

See the Vermont Department of Health website for more information about what to do if you are sick.
COVID-19 is a potentially deadly respiratory disease thought to spread mainly by person-to-person contact. The best way to prevent the spread of this highly infectious disease is social distancing, which means staying at least six (6) feet away from other people.

Going Out
If you have to go outside:
  • Avoid Groups
  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep 6 feet between you and everyone else at all times
  • Reduce the time you are around others outside of your household
  • Minimize your exposure and your contact with people outside of the house
  • Wipe any surfaces you need to touch with antibacterial wipes

Going Out: Vulnerable Populations
If you are sick, over 60 or have a chronic health condition, refrain from going outside. Get more information and accessibility resources for older adults.

Public Transportation
Only take public transit for essential activities. This will help everyone practice social distancing. If you must take a bus or train, stay at least 6 feet apart, which is approximately 2 to 3 steps away.

In Your Household
You do not need to stay 6 feet apart from people in your household.
  • Avoid spending time in community lounges and other common spaces in your building
  • Limit the number of visitors coming into your space

At The Store
When you are out of your home at grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, etc. that means:
  • Do not bring your own bags
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between you and others in a line
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Frequently use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Try not to touch things unless you need to
  • Give the people who are serving you as much room and patience as you can
  • Cover your cough or sneeze (with a tissue or if need be, your sleeve or elbow)

Social Distancing for Businesses
Businesses that continue to operate under the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order are strongly encouraged to comply with the social distancing requirements set forth in the order to the greatest extent feasible, but may continue to operate even where strict compliance with all aspects of the requirements are not possible. Please see here for further business guidance during COVID-19.
Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:

Wear a Face Covering
Cover your cough and wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose when you go out for essential needs. Click here to learn more about how and where to use, make and/or buy cloth face coverings

Distance Yourself
Follow social distancing guidelines by staying 6 feet away from other people. Avoid any contact with people who are sick.

Don't Touch
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay Home
Stay at home, except for essential needs

Wash Your Hands and Clean
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Regularly clean and sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched
Effective March 25, 2020, Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to minimize all unnecessary activities outside of the home and slow the spread of the Coronavirus. This order states the following:
  • Vermonters must stay home, leaving only for essential reasons (personal safety, groceries, outdoor exercise, medical care, curbside pick-up of goods, care of others, and work)

  • With a few exceptions, all businesses must suspend in-person operations. Exemptions are strictly for businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. See here for a full list of essential businesses

  • Non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people have been prohibited


Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has directed the Burlington Fire Department, the Burlington Department of Permitting & Inspections, and the Burlington Police Department to check on and educate our community about how to keep each other safe. While disobeying the Governor's order is unlawful, public cooperation is more important than enforcement. Please stay home to stop the spread.

The executive order does not close roads, nor does it establish roadblocks or checkpoints. It also does not establish cause to initiate a motor vehicle stop or detain people for questioning about their travel, but law enforcement officers may be reminding people of the order’s provisions if they see groups congregating or businesses operating in violation of the order. See the Vermont State Police Guidance on enforcement for more information.

Essential Travel During COVID-19

Travel puts you and others in the community at risk. Only travel within and outside of Burlington for essential activities or to run an essential business. Minimize unnecessary trips; combine shopping trips with others in your household and get goods delivered whenever possible. If you want to see a doctor, call them first.
  • Public Transportation and Rideshare
  • Use public transportation and rideshare services for essential travel only. Both will continue to operate on a limited basis. Click below to check the schedules for each agency; make sure to practice preventative measures while onboard
  • Air Travel / Crossing State Borders
  • Travel in and out of the Burlington area only to perform essential activities, operate essential businesses, or to maintain essential governmental functions. Otherwise, do not travel. Travel puts you and others in the community at risk.
    • Returning to Vermont
      • Governor Phil Scott's Stay Safe, Stay Home Executive Order directs residents and non-residents coming from outside the state for anything other than an essential purpose to home-quarantine for 14 days and strongly discourages travel to Vermont by those located in COVID-19 "hot spots." See further details in Addendum 7.

    • Leaving Vermont
      • Do not travel unless for an essential purpose. The Order requires that you shelter in your place of residence. Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations.

    Vermont COVID-19 Information and Updates                                                     Governor Phil Scott extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to COVID-19. 

Have a question about how this order impacts you? Contact the Burlington Resource and Recovery Center