Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 2, officials in Vermont, US, have further eased travel restrictions. Other restrictions remain in place due to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 02 Jul 2020 01:45 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Vermont (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of July 2, Vermont Governor Philip Scott has issued orders to further ease travel restrictions for visitors entering the state, while maintaining some business restrictions in place, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Visitors entering Vermont from counties in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per 1 million residents, do not have to self-quarantine upon arrival.

Visitors from counties in those states with more than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per 1 million residents, or from any other US state, will have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Alternatively, they can self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival, if they take a COVID-19 test that turns out negative. Travelers that go to Vermont in their private vehicles may complete either the 14-day self-quarantine or the seven-day self-quarantine followed by a negative COVID-19 test, in their homes.

Other restrictions remain in place. Events may be held to accommodate 50-percent capacity; operations may not exceed 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. These businesses and establishments are:

 

  • Restaurants, catering, food service, and bars

 

  • Event venues, indoor arts, culture, and entertainment venues

 

  • Religious facilities and places of worship

 

  • Lodging operators

 

  • Outdoor sporting events

 


Businesses and sectors previously authorized to reopen may continue as before. Close-contact businesses, such as hair salons, barbershops, gyms, and fitness centers, as well as nonessential retail stores, will still only be able to operate at 25-percent capacity. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing between employees and customers, limit face-to-face interactions, ensure employees wear face coverings and other protective equipment if needed, and send any worker with COVID-19 symptoms home. All residents are encouraged to wear face coverings.

Lingering business and transport disruptions will likely persist as restrictions ease. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice depending on local disease activity.

Background and Analysis
Several states in the US have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions and operating protocols.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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