Outdoor businesses in Vermont are starting to reopen after having been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning today, Vermont officials are allowing any outdoor recreation businesses, nonprofits and government entities that require low or no direct physical contact to begin operations.
However, businesses must still comply with the state’s health and safety guidelines. And outdoor facilities will only be open to Vermont residents or those who have met the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement.
Among the places and businesses allowed to open are state and municipal parks, recreation associations, trail networks, golf courses, big game check stations and guided expeditions.
Campgrounds, marinas and beaches are still not allowed to open yet.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott urged people from out of state to not visit Vermont yet.
“We’re opening up some recreational opportunities for Vermonters,” said Scott. “For those coming from away to our state, please stay home for now and if you do come, plan to stay awhile.”
Among the outdoor businesses that wasted no time in announcing their opening was Millstone Trails Association in central Vermont.
The group announced on their Facebook page that they were immediately open for mountain biking for the 2020 season.
However, they asked visitors to continue practicing physical distancing and follow guidelines (posted below).