Be Smart, Stay Safe Guidance

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing is working closely with Governor Phil Scott to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Executive Order remains in effect through November 15, 2020 as the state continues social distancing efforts to slow the spread and keep vital healthcare systems intact.

Travel Restrictions

  • Out-of-state residents travelling to Vermont should review the current cross state travel information.
  •      o If you are coming from an area with <400 active cases/million residents, you can travel to and from Vermont without quarantine requirements. Residents from these non-quarantine areas must travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicle.
         o If you are coming to Vermont from outside of one of those areas, as long as you travel directly to Vermont in your personal vehicle, you can complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in your home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions.
         o If you are coming to Vermont from outside one of those areas, and either taking public transportation like a bus, train, or plane, or are driving and would need to stop along the way, then you will need to complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test when you arrive in a Vermont at either a lodging establishment or with friends or family.
  • Lodging properties are now operating at 100% capacity. If you will be staying at a commercial lodging property, you’ll be required to complete a certificate of compliance.
  • All out of state travelers are strongly encouraged to register with Sara Alert upon arrival to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19.
  • 8 of Vermont's rest areas are open with limited access. Access to interior restrooms are open from 10:00am - 6:00pm, 7 days per week. Travelers are required to wear a mask when inside the building. Other rest areas that remain closed will have portable toilets available. 


This map – updated weekly on Tuesdays – is populated with raw data from Johns Hopkins University and uses multiple factors to determine how many active cases are in each county. Read the complete methodology for how active cases per million residents is being calculated. The aggregated data by county is also available.

Map last updated October 20, 2020.

Be Smart, Stay Safe Guidance in Vermont

  • Outdoor restaurants and bars have reopened, though at a limited capacity. Bar seating is now available. Reservations or call ahead seating is required. Customers are encouraged to wear face coverings when not eating. Read the full outdoor restaurant guidance for more restrictions.
  • Non-essential retail has reopened, but under strict reduced occupancy and mandatory health requirements. Read the full retail guidance for further restrictions.
  • All of Vermont's state parks have opened for public use. Mandatory health and safety guidelines are in effect. Day use activity is being managed to ensure sufficient physical space is available for social distancing, and amenities have been scaled back. State park campgrounds are limited to tent, RV and lean-to camping; a new and improved web-based reservation system is also now available.
  • Vermonters and visitors are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces – indoors or outdoors – where they come in contact with others from outside their households. Guidance is available with additional details and exemptions. Even while wearing a mask, individuals should stay 6' apart from others not in their group.