Covid 19

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance

Updates & New Guidelines

COVID-19 Prevalence in Burlington

We have seen more indications of elevated virus risk right now in Burlington and throughout much of Vermont. Now is a time to avoid high-risk activities, and to follow the Department of Health’s guidance on social gatherings and testing. We can keep the spread of the virus in check if we work together and exercise vigilance. Testing is now offered seven days a week in Burlington, see local testing options on the RRC's testing information page. Burlingtonians also are urged to call your health care provider if at any point you develop any symptoms. A growing concern is the increased prevalence of new variants of COVID-19 within the U.S., which we may find spreading within our own community soon. Preliminary information is showing that these new variants appear to be more transmissible, and we will likely learn more as public health officials continue studying these. Please visit the CDC's information page to learn more about this new variant of the virus.
 

Testing Information                        Need a Mask?                         COVID-19 Variants

 

Current Executive Orders from the State of Vermont:

Indoor Social Gatherings Suspended - **Extended until February 15th**

You may not gather with anyone you don't live with at this time. Attendance at all public and private social entertainment gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including large social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, are prohibited. An individual who lives alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household.
 

Guidance on Social Gatherings

 

Outdoor Recreation & Fitness

Vermonters may now resume outdoor recreational activities with those outside of their household, as long as physical distancing, masking and other precautions are observed.
 

Guidance on Outdoor Recreation & Fitness

 

Returning College Students 

All students who are returning home from a college or university, in-state or out of state, must quarantine at home for 14 days. This time can be shortened with a test for COVID-19 after 7 days if the individual has no symptoms, but must continue to quarantine until they receive word on a negative test result.
 

College and University Guidance 

 

Recreational Sports Programs

Organized youth leagues and school-based sports programs (serving individuals age 19 years and younger) may now resume team-based activities strictly limited to:

  • Individual skill-building exercises;
  • Strength and conditioning sessions; and,
  • No-contact drills

In order to resume, the State requires both organized youth leagues and school-based sports programs to operate in accordance with specific screening and precautionary protocols.
 

Sports Programs Operational Guidance 

 

Contact Tracing Compliance

To preserve public health and safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Vermonters are directed to comply with requests made by the VDH Contact Tracing Team. Vermonters who have been identified as a case or a close contact are required to:

  • Promptly answer calls or otherwise respond to the VDH Contact Tracing Team
  • Provide full, complete and truthful information concerning places they have been, activities they have engaged in and persons with whom the individual has had close contact, including contact information when possible
  • Comply with all VDH recommended quarantine and isolation periods and testing
  • Failure to comply may result in referral to the Office of the Attorney General for enforcement 
     

Travel

Due to raising COVID-19 case counts across the Northeast, effective November 10, 2020, the State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont. Please refer to the Vermont Department of Health's Quarantine Page for the procedures on how to conduct mandated quarantine.

Travel Guidance 

 

Read the Full Executive Orders:

City of Burlington Guidelines and Updates

**TEMPORARILY SUPERSEDED BY GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER**

There is currently an emergency order in effect that establishes the following, this emergency order will be in effect until March, 2021 (unless amended or suspended):

  • Indoor gatherings on residential properties in Burlington shall not exceed 10 people (15, if 5 individuals share a household)
  • Outdoor gatherings on residential properties in Burlington shall not exceed 25 people (with the exception of formal gatherings such as weddings and funerals)
  • Social distancing must be maintained, and all individuals must comply with State requirements to wear face coverings

Protect Yourself and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes. For current information on how the virus spreads, please visit the CDC Website.   

The Importance of Getting a Flu Shot

This year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever before. Flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, and both can become serious enough to require hospitalization. Getting a flu shot can protect you, your family, and your community from the flu. Reduce your stress this year by reducing your flu risk. Getting vaccinated can also help reduce the burden on our health care system and workers, who will be responding to COVID-19. Learn more about flu prevention here.   

Vulnerable Populations

The CDC has the most recent information on people who are at an Increased Risk for Severe Illness. Please visit the CDC’s website for more information. Older adults are known to be of higher risk, find more information and accessibility resources for older adults.

Limit the "Three C's"

Extended time in the following situations may increase the risk of coronavirus transmission.
COVID-19 risk increases when the "Three Cs overlap!

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saved lives by staying home. Now, we all need to start understanding the “Three Cs” – and how avoiding them can help us keep the coronavirus contained.

It now appears that 10 percent of people who get coronavirus do 80 percent of the spreading, which is likely a result, to a large degree, of the settings that people put themselves in.

We’re asking all Burlingtonians to limit your time in the following situations, and especially settings where they overlap. Please AVOID putting yourself in situations where there are:

  • Closed spaces with poor airflow – indoor spaces outside of your household, especially those with no open windows or a lack of ventilation. 

  • Crowded places with many people – large gatherings of people where the virus can more easily spread between multiple people. 
  • Close contact settings with face-to-face conversations – close contact where personal protective equipment is not used, physical contact is made or proximity to others is less than 6 ft (2m) apart.   

 

Instead, please DO take the following preventative measures:

Wear a Face Covering - It's Required

As of August 1st, 2020, according to new State mandates, Vermonters are Required to Wear Masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors, where they come in contact with others from outside their households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet. This includes settings such as high-traffic outdoor spaces, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and apartment or condo complexes.  

Wear A MaskFace masks or coverings are not required for - and should not be worn - by:

  • People who are doing strenuous exercise or activities
  • Children under the age of 2
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance
  • Anyone who has a medical or behavioral reason for not wearing a face mask
  • If you have a medical or developmental condition or have difficulty breathing, you are not required to show evidence or documentation of your condition.

Masks should be worn properly over both the nose and mouth. Watch the video below from the UVM Medical Center on how to effectively wear a mask. If you have issues getting a mask or the protective supplies you need, please reach out to the RRC at recovery@burlington.gov or 802-755-7239. 

   

Wash Your HandsWash Your Hands 

Practice vigilant hand hygiene. Clean your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use portable alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Wash your hands before you eat and keep your hands away from your face. Regularly clean and sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched. 

Keep Your Distance

Avoiding large gatherings of people, maintaining a six foot (two meter) distance from others when you are outside of your home, and creating alternative methods of social interaction from a safe distance, such as virtual interactions, is key to continue to slow the spread of the Keep Your Distancecoronavirus in our community. Avoid any contact with people who are sick.

Spend Time in Well Ventilated Areas

Spending time outdoors or in open spaces where there is lots of ventilation is considered less of a risk at this time. Going for walks, doing activities outdoors where there is little to no close contact with others outside of your household is the best option for your health. Reducing trips to places where you will be in confined spaces will lessen your risk of contracting the virus. If frequenting local businesses, consider outdoor seating, delivery or pick-up options when the option is available to help reduce transmission risk.

As a result of our collective hard work and sacrifice, we can work to keep positive cases here in Chittenden County low. Together, we will continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our entire community safe. Please be mindful of the members of our community who are the most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 than others. We are all in this together.

Emotional Health & Well-Being

With the ongoing state of the pandemic, many of us may be experiencing increased feelings of isolation and anxiety, or are more exposed to harm at home. To learn about the variety of resources available to help you through these uncertain times, please visit our health and well-being FAQ page, as well as our resource and hotline directory.

 

Health & Well-Being Directory                                            Health & Well-Being FAQ Page     

 

Safety Guidelines for Businesses

All businesses, whether essential or not, must abide state and federal guidelines by following the health and safety guidance included in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance. All businesses must follow Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines. You can see current business operation guidance on the State's sector specific guidance page. 

 

State’s Sector Specific Guidance Page                                RRC Business Page     

 

Printable Posters

We have included printable PDFs below to print for your own use, whether it be personal or for business.