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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 Feb. 1, 2021, that affect the arts and cultural sector, as follows:

  • 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. Check the State of Vermont website for more information on Event Venues.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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


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