Covid 19

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance

Call Ahead if You Are Feeling Sick

If you feel sick, but your symptoms are relatively mild, get plenty of rest, isolate, and call your health care provider to get tested. Most cases of the Coronavirus have been mild and can be treated at home. If you are experiencing more serious symptoms like trouble breathing, or difficulty getting out of bed, call your doctor right away. You may be instructed to come into the hospital, receive treatment, and get tested. Use the CDC Self Checker Tool to help review your symptoms. 

If you test positive or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19. Please review the CDC's information on when you can end self-isolation. The Vermont Department of Health also has guidance for employers HERE

For those who are asymptomatic but are looking to get tested, visit our Testing Information page for further details.  

See the Vermont Department of Health website and the UVM Health Network website for more information about COVID-19, FAQs, expert advice and other resources.

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.   

City Guidelines and Updates

On August 20, the City Council approved an emergency order that establishes the following, this emergency order has now been extended and will be in effect until November 9th, 2020 (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

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. UVM Medical Center has recently released a mythbusting video on oxygen levels while wearing face masks, view the article HERE. 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. 

Businesses and other entities may also post signage explaining the mask requirements and can deny entry or service to people who do not wear a mask. Look at our Printable Posters section below to find free posters available to the community. Further business guidance can be found on our Business Guidance page.    

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 6 foot (2 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) 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.

  • Tip: View UVM Health's new Activity Risk Chart, to see what activities are considered safe and high risk. 
  • Tip: The City has launched a number of initiatives to create more space for Burlingtonians to recreate and visit businesses outdoors. Read more about these "Making Space" initiatives. 
  • Tip: Make sure you are still receiving the health care you need. Most health care offices are offering virtual or phone appointments. The UVM Health Network has also enlisted new procedures to keep visitors safe, CLICK HERE to see what you can expect if you have an appointment or procedure. They are conducting appointments virtually as much as possible, which you can read more about HERE.

As a result of our collective hard work and sacrifice, positive cases here in Chittenden County remain 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.

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

Travel Guidance

People who are coming to Vermont from many out-of-state locations will need to quarantine. The State of Vermont has determined that any county with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents is eligible for quarantine-free leisure travel. To see more details on this and to see active COVID-19 hot spots by county in New England, visit the State's Cross State Travel Information Page. Current State orders declare that residents and non-residents coming to Vermont from active hot spots outside the state must quarantine at home for 14 days, or until a negative COVID-19 test has been proven. Please refer to the Vermont Department of Health's Quarantine Page for the procedures on how to conduct mandated quarantine. 

Need to Quarantine? We Can Help

The City of Burlington is offering a supportive quarantine program for students, individuals who are returning or moving to Burlington for other reasons and residents who are asked to quarantine as part of a contact tracing effort related to a positive identification. Those who sign up will get daily check-in calls, assistance with grocery and essential item deliveries, and a move-in care package for new residents. See the City's Supportive Quarantine Page for more details.

Printable Posters

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

Emotional Health & Well-Being

To learn about the variety of resources available to help you through these uncertain times, please visit our Emotional Health & Well-Being FAQ page, as well as our Hotline and Resource page.