FROM:   Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
TO:           Vermont Businesses and Employers
DATE:     November 13, 2020 || Modifications and new sections are in red.
RE:            Update 28 – New Work Safe Additions to the Be Smart, Stay Safe Order

As Vermont continues its work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, reduce the spread of the virus, keep Vermonters working, and keep our children in school, our mitigation strategy is constantly evolving.

To that end, the following is required of all Vermonters, visitors, and businesses per the Governor’s Executive Order:

Critical Updates – November 13, 2020, Effective November 14, 2020 at 10:00 pm until further notice.

Notwithstanding the guidance in the remainder of this document, which will be updated in the days to come, the guidance in this section supersedes the guidance below:

  1. All multi-household social gatherings indoors and outdoors in public and private spaces are prohibited. This includes all public and private gatherings including but not limited to household gatherings, parties, weddings, events, etc.
  2. Bars and social clubs shall be closed for in-person service. Detail as follows:2nd and 4th class licensees and licensees other than 1st class licensees who serve food, or partner with entities who serve food, including bars and social clubs shall suspend operations; however, bars and social clubs may offer take-out, curbside pickup and delivery of beverage alcohol, including spirit-based drinks and malt and vinous product.

    For purposes of this order, “bars and social clubs” means establishments generally held out to be a bar, tavern, brew pub, brewery, microbrewery, distillery pub, winery, cidery, tasting room, club or other place of public accommodation licensed to serve beverage alcohol, including spirit-based drinks and malt and vinous product and, if serving food, only serves snacks, pre-made food, microwaveable or other food items not required to be prepared in an on-site kitchen equipped to provide menu service.

  3. Restaurants:
    1. Restaurants are restricted to allowing only one household per table.
    2. All guests must be seated, and no standing or mingling is allowed.
    3. All in-person service at restaurants must stop table service at 10pm. Take out or curbside service is allowed after 10pm.
  4. All businesses and organizations that serve the public and host organized non-essential activities shall maintain an easily accessible, legible log of all employees, customers, members and guests and their contact information, including name, address, phone number and email address for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by VDH. For the sake of clarity, this requirement applies to all employees and all guests in every party.
  5. Businesses are required to use remote work or telework whenever possible, including making use of teleconferencing and video conferencing to avoid in person meetings.
  6. All recreational sports activities subject to Section 9.1 of this guidance, including youth leagues, adult leagues (including bowling leagues, soccer, etc.), practices, games and tournaments are suspended. Outdoor recreation and fitness activities subject to Section 4.1 may continue consistent with all applicable health and safety guidelines.
  7. Contact tracing cooperation: Vermonters who have been identified as a case or a close contact are required to:
    1. Promptly answer calls or otherwise respond to the VDH Contact Tracing Team;
    2. 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;
    3. Comply with all VDH recommended quarantine and isolation periods and testing.
  8. All college students returning home from any college campus in state or out of state are required to quarantine upon return home AND are encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test on Day 7.