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Additional Considerations for Specific Sectors

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

The State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development issued critical updates effective November 14 that affect the arts and cultural sector, as follows:

  • Libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and other indoor arts, culture and entertainment organizations may allow 50 percent of fire occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Posting templates are available at

  • Effective November 14, 2020, these businesses and organizations shall not serve public or private social, recreational or entertainment gatherings until further notice. A household may still patronize the business, but not for special events or events that encourage socializing between households.

  • Businesses and organizations must reduce interactions between guests – such as establishing directional flow in a gallery.

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

  • No dancing is allowed.

  • Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.

  • Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, organizations should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.

  • Organizations should close or remove high touch entertainment features, including arcades and playgrounds.

  • Businesses and organizations must maintain an easily accessible, legible log of all employees, customers, members and guests and their contact information, including name, address, phone number and email address for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by VDH. For the sake of clarity, this requirement applies to all employees and all guests in every party.

  • For Event Venues (Weddings, Funerals, Parties, Concerts, Large Sporting Events). Effective November 14, all event venues, arts, culture, and entertainment venues, and restaurants serving the public shall suspend public or private social, recreational and entertainment gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including large social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, unless all participants are from the same household. Venues shall suspend all events that encourage households to socialize, such as parties. However, they may continue to host retail events (such as craft fairs and ski swaps). Entertainment events at venues must comply with section 8.3 (Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment). Check the State of Vermont website for more information on Event Venues.

Individual establishments should take additional measures as recommended by industry guidelines or by common sense applied to their particular situation.


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