There are a lot of people from out of state in the Valley and I am getting a lot of calls and letters about it today, including from law enforcement. There seems to be some confusion that I’d like to clear up. Here are all of the known items related to who should and who should not travel in the Valley.
Edited: 3/29 and 3/30 On March 30th, Governor Scott said “If you don’t need to come to Vermont, please don’t come.” Edited again on April 17. Edited May 25th and May 29th. This page will be regularly edited for updates, but the best up to date guidance can be found at www.healthvermont.gov
First: Day trippers
The borders of the state remain open. Day trippers and weekenders – please do not come to Vermont at this time. All travelers to Vermont, including Vermonters, coming in from other states have been asked to self quarantine for 14 days.
Second: Air BnB, Short term rentals and Overnight Guests
Please see above. As of Tuesday (see Executive Orders below) there should be no new overnight vacationers in Air BnB’s, short term rentals or hotels and motels. Anyone who was in one of those types of lodging/accommodations on Tuesday should not have their stay extended. If you rented an Air BnB after Tuesday, the person who rented it to you is breaking the law by violating an Executive Order unless the reason you are here is work related to the Vermont emergency. The subcontractors who cleaned that apartment for your arrival, are likely breaking the law by violating the Executive Order for non-essential workers. Vacationers and AirBnB guests please do not come to Vermont at this time. It is a violation of the governors executive order to accept non essential guests at any short term rentals or other lodging properties. Everyone entering Vermont from another state or country has been asked to self quarantine for 14 days. Updated April 10 – short term lodging reservations can be taken for dates after June 1, 2020. Updated May 25th – Vermonters and out of state visitors who have quarantined for 14 days prior to their stay at a lodging property may stay at lodging properties in Vermont.
Third: Second homeowners
On March 30th Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Schirling said “All first and second homeowners are a part of the Vermont Family.” We love you. Please do not come without supplies. Please behave as if you are infected with the virus. That means self isolating and social distancing. Please understand you are here living under the same Executive Orders that your scared friends the year round Vermonters are living under. Second homeowners you can come to your home in Vermont, but the Governor has requested that you self-quarantine for 14 days when entering Vermont from another state or country. That means coming and going on the weekends is a violation of the executive order because you are unable to quarantine for 14 days.
Fourth: Year Round Residents
You are not being ignored.
- Mount Snow shut down on March 14th – long before they were required to.
- On March 15th, State Legislators from every ski resort town in Vermont began communicating with each other and with the Governors staff about the possibility for unexpected population levels due to second homeowners arriving to shelter in Vermont.
- The number one non winter activity in the Deerfield Valley is hiking – because we have so many trails everywhere including on public lands. Hiking is legal and also encouraged with proper social distancing.
- Vermont has issued orders to close restaurants and bars and provide takeout only.
- Vermont has an order limiting the number of people that can congregate at 25
- On Sunday March 22nd, during a public Joint Rules call listened to by hundreds, Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson repeatedly pressed Vermont’s Emergency Management Director Erika Borneman on the question of whether or not they were factoring into healthcare planning the possibility of increased populations in resort areas.
- On Tuesday March 24th, Governor Scott ordered short term rentals to close and gave guidance about not extending guests.
- On Wednesday Vermont Senator Leahy stated publicly “I wish people would stay away. I do. Usually, I’m like, come to Vermont. Spend your money right now. I agree. Stay away. I know when we have the snowfall here, a few days ago, uh, there were snowmobilers wanting to come from other states, Massachusetts, Connecticut and elsewhere. They were told to stay away. Uh, we love to see, but not now, and that’s going to hurt our businesses that rely on it, but we have to do it. I’ll try to make up the money to help these small businesses.”
- On Monday March 30th Governor Scott issued an executive order that everyone – including Vermonters) must self-quarantine for 14 days when entering Vermont from another state or country. This does not apply to essential workers who must travel over the state border to their job in Vermont.
- In some of our towns, there are four second homes for every one year round home. In the towns with lots of second homeowners, that is a large part of both why we need and how we pay for our police force, fire fighters and rescue.
- We have traveling nurses and doctors, FEMA, military and other workers associated with recovery who have traveled here. Don’t assume you know what is going on with every out of state plate. I’m sure my daughter’s Vermont license plate sticks out in GA where she is stationed as an Army nurse.
- Ski area legislators are continually communicating with each other and Governor Scott’s team about the increased population.
- The virus is already here locally. We are not keeping it from coming here. You should be interacting with grocery store and gas station attendants as if you are already infected.
Governor Phil Scott Executive Orders
Number 01-20 declaring a State of Emergency in Vermont & National Guard Call Out
ADDENDUM 1 to 01-20 prohibits all non-essential mass gatherings to the lesser of fifty (50) people or fifty percent (50%) of the occupancy of a facility
ADDENDUM 2 to 01-20 Prohibits on-premises consumption of food or drink
ADDENDUM 3 to 01-20 Suspension of all Non-Essential Adult Elective Surgery and Medical and Surgical Procedures
ADDENDUM 4 to 01-20 Closure of Close-Contact Businesses and Further Restrictions of the Size of Mass Gatherings
ADDENDUM 5 to 01-20 Work from Home Order
ADDENDUM 6 to 01-20 Stay Home to Stay Safe Order
ADDENDUM 7 to 01-20 Requirement to quarantine
ADDENDUM 8 to 01-20 Non-Congregate Sheltering in Vermont; Extension of Certain Deadlines Relating to Closures of DMV and Bars and Restaurants
ADDENDUM 9 to 01-20 Extension of State of Emergency Declared March 13, 2020; Other COVID-19 Related Directives and Clarifications
ADDENDUM 10 to 01-20 Work Smart & Stay Safe – Restart VT: Phase I
ADDENDUM 11 to 01-20 Work Smart & Stay Safe –Restart VT: Phase II
ADDENDUM 12 to 01-20 Work Smart & Stay Safe -Restart VT: Phase III
ADDENDUM 13 to 01-20 Play Smart and Play Safe: Restart Phase V
ADDENDUM 14 to 01-20 Be Smart, Stay Safe
Directive 1 – Continuity of Education Planning.pdf
Directive 2 – Childcare For Essential Service Providers.pdf
Directive 3 – Department of Motor Vehicles Suspension of In-Person Transactions.pdf
Directive 4 – Department of Liquor and Lottery – Delivery and Take-Out of Beverage Alcohol – Amended March 20, 2020.pdf
Directive 5 – Continuity of Learning Planning .pdf