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Additional Considerations for Specific Sectors

State of Vermont Specific Sector Guidance: Arts, Culture and Entertainment

On April 6, 2021, Governor Phil Scott released a reopening guide to help Vermonters and local businesses see the path for a phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings. As of May 1, gathering and event restrictions are eased to a maximum of 300 people for outdoor gatherings and up to 150 people for indoor gatherings, with a maximum of one person per 100 square feet. Vaccinated people do not count toward capacity limits. In Step 3, set to begin June 1, all travel restrictions would be lifted. Capacity limits for gatherings/events can increase to 900 people outdoors and 300 people indoors, with a maximum of one person per 50 square feet, not counting vaccinated people. As of July 4, the plan is for remaining gathering restrictions to be lifted. Masking and physical distancing guidelines remain throughout the first three phases.

As of May 1, most sectors have moved to Universal Guidance. For more information, check the State of Vermont’s Vermont Forward Plan for Business Operations.

Individual establishments should take additional measures as recommended by industry guidelines or by common sense applied to their particular situation, such as the following:

  • Reduce interactions between guests, such as establishing directional flow in a gallery.

  • Concert venues, theaters, and those putting on shows should ensure all guests are seated and physically distanced by household.

  • Live entertainment that requires the rapid expulsion of air from an individual, including singing and playing certain musical instruments, has been linked to the spread of the virus and should be discouraged. Should an organization wish to host such activities, performers must be separated from the audience/attendees and each other by at least 6 feet. Use of a physical barrier between the performer and the audience is not a substitute for social distancing. The audience/attendees should be discouraged from singing along with a song leader or performer.

  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.


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