Stay Home/Stay Safe Executive Order Information

“Stay Home/Stay Safe”

Executive Order issued by Governor Phil Scott

Effective as of Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 pm

In Effect until Friday, May 15th at Midnight

What exactly does this mean?

Here is a synopsis of what we can and cannot do and what is and is not open (list is not exhaustive) as we work together to combat and defeat that nasty coronavirus (COVID-19).

As the order states, “To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, Vermonters are directed to stay at home or in their place of residence, leaving only for essential reasons such as:

  • personal safety;
  • groceries or medicine;
  • curbside pick-up of goods, meals or beverages;
  • medical care;
  • exercise;
  • care of others;
  • work (in exempted services only) . . .

Vermonters shall significantly restrict normal activities outside the home or place of residence, consistent with CDC guidance, to help stop the spread of the virus.”

Additionally (from this and previous executive orders):

  • all workers shall work remotely when possible
  • all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall suspend in-person business operations . . . using an on-line presence, telephone and web-based service delivery and phone or on-line orders for curb-side pick-up and delivery
  • any restaurant, bar, or establishment that offers food or drink shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink; however, such establishments may continue to offer food & beverages for take-out and by delivery
  • all schools shall close
  • all day care centers, except those providing care for children of essential services personnel, shall close
  • gymnasiums, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities shall cease all in-person operations
  • hair salons and barbers, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors shall cease all in-person operations
  • all non-essential gatherings of more than ten (10) people at the same time are prohibited
  • all non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures are to be postponed
  • DMV services shall be provided online, by mail or phone, and all in-person transactions shall be suspended with license and registration renewals extended for 90 days beyond their effective expiration date

Exempt from this Executive Order are those services or functions in Vermont deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. The following services will remain open:

  • health care operations
  • law enforcement, public safety and first responders, including:
    • fire
    • ambulance services
    • emergency medical technicians and emergency management personnel
  • retail serving basic human needs such as:
    • grocery stores
    • pharmacies
    • other retail that sells food, beverage, animal feed and essential supplies, provided, these retail operations shall be conducted through on-line and telephone orders for delivery and curb-side pickup to the extent possible
  • fuel products and supply
  • hardware stores, provided, these retail operations shall be conducted through on-line and telephone orders for delivery and curb-side pickup to the extent possible
  • transportation sector and agricultural sector equipment parts, repair and maintenance
  • trash collection and disposal, recycling operations
  • agriculture and farms, animal shelters, production and delivery of seed, chemicals and fertilizers, CSAs and veterinarians
  • mail and shipping services
  • news media
  • banks and related financial institutions, provided, however, routine retail banking operations shall be limited to transactions conducted through automated teller machines, drive-through services and online and telephone services
  • critical infrastructure including utilities, telecommunication, airports and transportation infrastructure
  • essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including offices that provide essential government services

This Addendum to the Executive Order shall continue in full force and effect until May 15, 2020. (All of Governor Scott’s Executive Orders can be found here:

To Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus:

STAY HOME: Leave only for essentials & avoid close contact with others

COVER MOUTH & NOSE: Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings

PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING: Stay more than 6ft apart

WASH HANDS: Wash them for 20 seconds & wash them often

CLEAN SURFACES: Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

COMING TO VERMONT? Quarantine at home for 14 days

FEEL SICK? Stay home

As we navigate through the rough waters of this pandemic together, the continued good health & safety of our community remains our primary concern. We are all anxious and concerned. Be kind and thoughtful of one another. We are all in this together, and we will make it through this together. So take good care of yourself and of each other. Take every precaution & stay safe & stay healthy.