MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) – Governor Phil Scott announced on Friday updates to COVID guidance for small multi-household gatherings and seating at restaurants. The new guidance went into effect on March 12.
The new adjustments allow two unvaccinated households to gather at a time. And, restaurants are allowed to seat multiple households together, but no more than six people can be at the same table. Masking, distancing, capacity limits, and other mitigation guidelines remain in place.
“I know these changes are not as big as many other states have announced,” said Governor Scott. “But we feel they’re positive and safe steps forward, and you can expect another spigot turn next week. As I’ve said, we’ll keep taking incremental steps as more Vermonters are vaccinated.”
The State previously lifted gathering restrictions for those who have been fully vaccinated. For individuals and households who are not fully vaccinated, social gatherings both indoors and outdoors are limited to two unvaccinated households or individuals at one time, plus any fully vaccinated households.
“Vermont has taken one of, if not the, most cautious approaches in the country in order to slow the spread of the virus and reduce deaths,” said Governor Scott. “I want to remind Vermonters, there is a reason we have the lowest number of deaths in the country and the lowest death rate in the continental United States. But as we vaccinate more people, you can expect the spigot turns to be more frequent. I believe we’re going to be in a very good place by summer.”
Unvaccinated households or individuals can gather with one other unvaccinated household or individual.