Covid 19

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance

Updates & New Guidelines

COVID-19 Announcements from the State of Vermont
 

Governor Phil Scott announced on June 14 that over 80% of Vermont’s eligible population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, making Vermont the first state in the nation to reach this major milestone. The Governor authorized the move into phase four of the Vermont Forward Plan, lifting State-related business, gathering, and travel related restrictions, almost two weeks earlier than scheduled. In addition, the Governor announced that Vermont’s State of Emergency would not be renewed. Businesses and individuals may reference the Vermont Forward website for additional information and guidance. 

 

Vermont Forward Plan 
 

Mask Wearing Policies in EffectWear A Mask

As of June 14, all masking and physical distance mandates are lifted. The State notes the following with this update:

  • Unvaccinated individuals seeking recommendations may reference the Department of Health website.
  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated youth childcare and summer camp attendees and organizers during indoor activities this summer.
  • Due to federal guidelines, some business sectors may still require precautionary safety measures, such as certain healthcare settings.
  • The Federal Transit Administration still requires masks on public transportation for all riders through September 13, 2021.

On August 20th, Mayor Weinberger announced guidelines for City employees. The indoor mask policy requires all employees to wear a mask indoors when interacting with members of the public on official City business, regardless of vaccination status, until transmission levels in Chittenden County have returned to moderate levels as defined by the CDC. The vaccination policy is available here, and the mask policy is available here.  

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDANCE  

 

Travel 

State & Federal Guidelines

On June 14, the State announced the transition into phase four of the Vermont Forward Plan. State travel restrictions have been lifted. International travelers have separate guidelines, please refer to the Department of Health website for guidance. The Federal Transit Administration still requires masks on all public transportation until September 13, including in airports. 


Travel Guidance 

 

Travel to Canada

The Canadian government made an annoucement about the upcoming ease of restrictions on travel across the border for non-essential travel for fully vaccinated travelers beginning August 9, 2021. You can read more on this annoucement below. However, land border restrictions for travel to the United States remain in effect through August 21, 2021 and may be extended, find more information on traveling to Canada on the U.S. Embassy website. Looking for testing options for current Canadian border crossing requirements? Garnet has an informational page with what tests are currently accepted.    

 

COVID-19 Prevalence in Burlington

We encourage community members to continue to follow the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard, which is summarized above for Chittenden County. Testing will continue to be offered in Burlington, see local testing options on the RRC's testing information page. Burlingtonians are urged to call your health care provider if you develop any symptoms. 
 

Testing Information                        

 

Ventilation: Air Quality Matters

About Ventilation and COVID-19 

The ventilation of the spaces that we’re in, especially indoor spaces with people who are not part of our households, is an increasingly important intervention to slow the spread of the virus. One way to think about ventilation is as part of the “Swiss cheese” defense. The image below is based on one created by a University of Queensland virologist and shows how no single intervention may be perfect – but, by layering these interventions we can improve success. Improving the air quality of the spaces we’re in through air cleaning and circulating fresh air is a key layer of the Swiss cheese.  

Loan Program for Ventilation Improvement 

Burlington Electric Department currently is offering a loan program that can be used towards building ventilation upgrades. Small and medium sized businesses in Burlington (with active BED electric accounts) may apply for 0% financing loans to be used for renovations required to reopen safely according to public health guidelines. Certain eligibility criteria may apply.
 

Commercial Efficiency & Ventilation 0% Loan Program  

 

    Informational Webinar on Ventilation

    The Burlington 2030 District and Burlington Electric Department co-hosted this webinar focused on implementing healthier and safer indoor spaces during COVID-19 and beyond. To view the presentation, click the link below

     

    VENTILATION RECORDED WEBINAR 

     

    Additional Resources

     

    Emotional Health & Well-Being

    Due to events related to COVID-19, some may be experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, or may have been more exposed to harm at home. To learn about the variety of resources available to provide help, 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     

     

    Printable Posters

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