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Governor Scott Opens Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Fitness Facilities

On May 6, 2020, Governor Scott issued Addendum 13 to his Executive Order, which declared a state of emergency in Vermont in response to COVID-19.  Addendum 13 allows Vermonters to socialize and recreate in groups of 10 or fewer, so long as physical distancing and health protocols are followed.

Additionally, Addendum 13 allows businesses that offer outdoor recreation and outdoor fitness activities that require low or no direct physical contact to begin operations.  These include parks, recreation associations, trail networks, golf courses, tennis, skate parks, boating, photography and guided expeditions.  These businesses must implement the following measures:

  1. Require an “arrive, play and leave” mentality.  No congregation before or after activities.
  2. Post signs and institute registration processes that reinforce that that the businesses are only open to Vermonters or those from out-of-state who have quarantined for 14 days.
  3. Post signs discouraging contact games.
  4. Eliminate services that result in person-to-person interactions.
  5. Reduce high contact surface areas such as waiting areas, picnic tables, play structures and rental shops.
  6. Offering only rental equipment that can be disinfected between users.
  7. Close indoor facilities that require in-person transactions.
  8. Open restrooms only if they can be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Businesses must follow the Restart Guidance provided by ACCD, including all training and safety plan requirements.

The Addendum became effective on May 7, 2020, and updated guidance from ACCD can be found here:  https://accd.vermont.gov/news/update-new-work-safe-additions-stay-home-stay-safe-order

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Please contact Heather Hammond (hhammond@gravelshea.com) at Gravel & Shea PC if you have questions or would like assistance.

Gravel & Shea PC May 11, 2020