Covid 19

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance

Updates & New Guidelines

COVID-19 Prevalence in Burlington

COVID-19 risk continues in Burlington and throughout Vermont. We encourage community members to continue 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 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 you develop any symptoms. 

Testing Information                        Need a Mask?                         COVID-19 Variants


Phased Reopening Plan **NEW**

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 the 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. 


Vermont Forward Plan 


Travel **NEW**

The State has announced new travel guidelines beginning April 9. Unvaccinated Vermonters who have traveled outside the state must be tested within 3 days of returning to Vermont. Unvaccinated people planning to visit Vermont must have a COVID-19 test within 3 days before arriving in Vermont. International travelers have separate guidelines provided on the Department of Health website. Quarantine and testing requirements may vary by state, so before booking a trip, please look into your destination's travel guidance. Please visit the State's Quarantine page below for detailed guidance on how to conduct travel.

Travel Guidance 


Social Gatherings Limitations for Non-Vaccinated Individuals

Multiple fully vaccinated households may now gather. Full vaccination includes receiving all required doses of the vaccine, and being 14 days out from the final vaccine dose. For individuals and households who are NOT fully vaccinated, social gatherings indoors and outdoors in private spaces are limited to TWO unvaccinated households or individuals at one time, PLUS any fully vaccinated households. Businesses and organizations are still not allowed to host public multi-household social gatherings whether the attendees are vaccinated or not.


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


Read the Full Executive Orders:

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.   

Vulnerable Populations

The Vermont Department of Health has the most recent information on High-Risk Health Conditions related to COVID-19. Vaccine eligibility is now available for certain higher-risk individuals. Please visit our vaccine page for more information on eligibility. 


Limit the "Three Cs"

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

Understanding and avoiding the three Cs will help us contain the coronavirus. 

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, 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 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.