Health & Safety Guidance

As Vermont continues to implement the Vermont Forward Plan and as masking requirements are relaxed, Vermont child care programs must continue to follow masking requirements that have been in place over the last year: All adults must mask indoors and outdoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Mask use is “strongly recommended” for children, ages two years and up, in child care programs. This aligns with the CDC’s continued recommendation of universal masking in schools and child care programs.

Read the latest health guidance for out-of-school time, afterschool, and summer programs + overnight summer camps (effective May 1, 2021) here:

Watch the April 29th Field Forum on the updated Summer & Childcare Health Guidance with Dr. Breena Holmes:

Recording here

Any further updates to this guidance will be made after moving to the next and final step of the Vermont Forward Plan, currently scheduled for July 4, 2021. Consistent with the Vermont Forward Plan:

  • No quarantine or testing requirements for anyone doing cross-state travel.
  • As of June 1st, indoor capacity limitations are:
    • Indoor: 1 unvaccinated person per 50 sq ft up to 300, plus any number of vaccinated people
    • Outdoor: 900, plus any number of vaccinated people
  • As of July 4th (or whenever VT moves out of Step 3), there will be no capacity restrictions on indoor or outdoor venues.

The Health Department will continue to provide contact tracing for all COVID-positive cases in summer program settings, and are available to support you as you set up your programs for the summer.  

If you learn of a positive case at your out-of-school care program, contact the Health Department’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Call 802-863-7240 (Mon – Fri 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, choose Option 3, outside those hours, choose Option 7).