Due to the significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in Vermont generally and Washington County more specifically, and in an effort to fully comply with Governor Scott’s recently issued Addendum 8 to Executive Order 01-20, the Waitsfield Town Offices will be closed to the public.
The closure is anticipated to last through December 15th, though it may be extended if there is a public health need.
Waitsfield residents can request appointments for time-sensitive business, such as obtaining a marriage license. Existing research appointments will remain in place, and the Town will continue to schedule time in the vault for researchers (still only one at a time). Whenever possible, researchers may request copies of land records, tax bills, etc., sent via fax or email when the book and page can be provided. Town staff will determine to what extent assistance can be offered to researchers, based on request and general availability.
Town employees will continue to work and be available to assist whenever and however possible (while maintaining strict adherence to all public health measures and recommendations). Please check the website for information, call (496-2218), or email with questions or concerns.
The Town Garage remains closed to the general public.
Addendum 8 to Executive Order 01-20 creates the following guidelines and requirements:
- Requires all municipal governments, businesses, and non-profits to reinstitute telework/remote work protocols. In-person meetings are strongly discouraged.
- Gatherings involving multiple households are suspended.
- Limits restaurant hours (for in-person service) and seating capacity.
- Closes bars and social clubs for in-person service; establishments may offer take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery.
- Requires all “customer facing” establishments to create and maintain a log of employees, customers, members, and guests. The log must collect names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for the purposes of support contact tracing efforts.
- Requires cooperation with contact tracers.
- Suspends recreational sports outside of school-sponsored sports activities (those are separately governed by Agency of Education rules).
- Requires college students returning to Vermont from out-of-state institutions to quarantine for either 14 days or 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test.
The Vermont Department of Health’s (VDH) website remains one of the best, most comprehensive, places to get information on COVID-19 in Vermont. Click the link here (https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19) to visit VDH’s page.
For additional information, such as an updated look as to how Vermont’s doing, visit the Vermont Dashboard (https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/current-activity/vermont-dashboard).