Vermont State Parks COVID-19 Updates
Operating Vermont State Parks in 2021
Beginning Feb. 23, 2021: If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine to travel to Vermont or return to Vermont, as long as at least 14 days have passed since you received your final vaccine dose.
Looking ahead to 2021 operating season.
- Day use
- Camping, cabin, and cottage rentals
- Boat rentals at select parks (please call ahead to confirm)
- Providing interpretive programming with prior visitor registration.
- Firewood and Ice sales at parks with campgrounds.
- Open-air pavilion rentals within the group gathering limits in place at the time (please call ahead to confirm limits).
- Playground apparatus are open (we encourage visitors to frequently hand sanitize and schedule visits around less crowded times).
- Ensure they meet all current out-of-state travel restrictions according to CDC and VDH guidelines in Vermont prior to entering the park.
- Reschedule your visit to the park if you are or have recently been ill, tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive
- Maintain at least 6 feet physical distance between from anyone who is not in your household, including with staff except when necessary for transactions.
- Plan ahead to combine trips to the contact station to reduce staff-visitor interactions.
- Do not exceed the posted maximum number of people in bathhouses
- Bring picnic blankets/folding chairs as well as water bottles for comfortable lounging and staying hydrated.
Maintaining physical distance between unrelated park visitors, and between staff and visitors including:
- Staff wearing appropriate PPE and hand sanitizing between transactions.
- Limiting day use entries to ensure room for social distancing. This is done on a park-by-park basis and we encourage people to call ahead before driving to a park.
- Limiting the number of staff present inside contact stations and the placement of protective shields where possible.
- Listing the allowable maximum occupancy for bathrooms on signs and asking the visiting public to adhere to the limitation.
- Only allowing group gatherings, group camping, and use of picnic shelters if consistent with the restrictions in place at the time.
- The swimming pool at Button Bay State Park will not be operated.
- Indoor pavilions will not be available.
Managing, reducing, and eliminating common touch points including:
- Limiting non-essential services or transactions such as:
- Not operating food concessions
- Not lending play equipment, camping and fishing gear
- Minimizing the use of paper maps, guides, and interpretive information.
- Only accepting cash if there is no alternative.
- Disconnecting water fountains due to the risk of transmission from shared use.
- Propping open doors where feasible, removing trash receptacle lids, and eliminating other unnecessary touch points wherever possible.