Dear UVM Community,

The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont including from counties in the Northeast previously shown as “green” on the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development travel map. This is in direct response to the rising COVID-19 case counts across the Northeast and was announced by Governor Scott on Tuesday, November 10.

As a result:

  • Information about essential travel has been updated.
  • Information about picking up students at UVM for break has been updated.
  • Information about Vermonters traveling out of state has been updated.
  • For employees, the daily health screening information related to travel has been updated.

The following information is from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development related to the changes:

  • Anyone returning or traveling to Vermont must follow Vermont’s mandatory quarantine policy. Vermonters returning from an out-of-state trip must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test.
  • Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.
  • Residents of other states must adhere to the quarantine guidelines:
    • Travelers arriving to Vermont in a personal vehicle must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions.
    • Travelers arriving to Vermont who have not completed a pre-arrival quarantine must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in a Vermont lodging establishment or with friends and family (Travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site.)
    • Read more about quarantining at the Vermont Department of Health website.
  • All out of state travelers utilizing lodging, camping and short-term rental properties in Vermont must sign and complete a Certificate of Compliance or affirm a compliance statement via a digital check box at the time of reservation and check-in to attest that they meet the quarantine requirement or are an essential/authorized worker.

The Testing Center in the Davis Center will be open in December and January with hours for members of the UVM community to be tested. Please continue to schedule your test using the CoVerified app.

Vermont Commissioner of Health Dr. Mark Levine stressed that if you are traveling out of state with young children you must adhere to the state’s quarantine requirements. Failure to quarantine upon your return to Vermont jeopardizes the ability of your child’s school to remain in-person. The state health experts warn that children traveling out of state and bringing COVID-19 back to the schools could result in schools having to return to remote learning.  Keep in mind that travel quarantine requirements apply to everyone leaving the state for Thanksgiving. This includes keeping children home from school for 14 days or 7 days plus a negative test after returning to Vermont.

Information about travel guidance and testing protocols will be discussed at our UVM Strong session for students and families on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Please join us at http://go.uvm.edu/campusupdate.

Gary Derr
Vice President for Operations and Public Safety
The University of Vermont

PUBLISHED

11-12-2020
Gary Derr, VP for Operations and Public Safety