Yes – you can take a walk with your neighbor!
Yesterday Gov Scott offered some clarification to last week’s Addendum 8 which banned multiple household social gatherings. He offered this explanation for when people from different households can interact:
- People in unsafe situations can leave their household and seek shelter with another.
- People living alone can interact with one other household.
- Two people from different households can do outdoor activities together as long as they wear masks and maintain six feet of distance.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said we can still contain the virus, but we need Vermonters’ help: “Avoiding social gatherings, limiting non-essential travel, quarantining when necessary, and taking prevention steps will help stem this rising tide — but only if Vermonters follow the guidance,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s too soon to see the impact… But with a little patience, and a lot of compliance, I am hopeful we can make a difference.”
How to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Do not get together or socialize with anyone you don’t live with. (See clarification above.)
- Avoid traveling, even within Vermont. Anyone who does travel to or from Vermont must quarantine. The only exception is for essential travel.
- Wear a mask
- If you’re sick, stay home.
- Get tested if you have any symptoms, are a close contact of a case, or have been at a social gathering or other risky situation.
- Get your flu shot! Stay as healthy as you can!
Click here for COVID FAQ with the Vermont Department of Health