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Vermont Rolls Out Tight COVID Guidance for State’s Ski Resorts

Vermont-Skiing Newly released guidance requires Vermont ski areas to considerably alter how they are going to do business this winter.

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development in cooperation with the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department of Public Safety, and the Vermont Ski Areas Association released operating guidance for the state’s ski areas. 

Basically, if you don’t reside in Vermont, come to Vermont from an area with less than 400 active COVID cases per 1,000,000, (Based upon Vermont’s COVID-19 Travel Map), or quarantine for 14 days either before arriving or after arrival in Vermont, you won’t be allowed to ski or ride in Vermont this winter. Failure to comply with the state’s travel and quarantine policy may result in the loss of future skiing and riding privileges, the guidance states.

Guests must attest that they will be in compliance with the state's travel and quarantine policies at the point of sale of a ticket or season pass or when giving contact tracing information. Similar to guidance recently released for New York ski areas, Vermont ski areas are mandated to collect the name, phone number, and email of every guest to the resort each day for contact tracing purposes.

According to the guidance, Vermont ski areas must build customized operating plans in accordance with multiple state and federal regulations covering all aspects of business, from lodging capacity to lift queues. Liftlines must maintain the 6-foot physical distancing requirement. Facial coverings are mandated while in line and riding a lift, and guests can ride with members of their traveling party. Capacity inside base lodges must be reduced to 50% to facilitate 6-foot physical distance between parties, for a maximum capacity of  75 people.

"The guidance aims to provide skiers and riders the safest skiing and riding. It aims to ensure the health and safety of the thousands of Vermonters who work in the industry," said Ted Brady, deputy secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. "The guidance requires people to do things differently. It requires the ski areas to considerably alter how they are going to do business this winter."

Vermont’s winter operating guidance is available on the Vermont State Website by clicking here!

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