Vermont gyms and hair salons closed, gatherings limited to 10

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MONTPELIER — Governor Phil Scott today announced additional community mitigation measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In consultation with the Department of Health, the Governor has determined it is necessary to prohibit in-person operations at close-contact businesses, meaning those unable to comply with guidelines for social distancing.

Gymnasiums, fitness centers, and similar exercise facilities, hair salons and barbers, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors are to close all in-person operations no later than 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

All other businesses not named may remain open but must work to implement CDC and the Vermont Department of Health guidance related to COVID-19, including:

Maintaining a distance of six feet between people;

Ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing;

Ensuring that employees who are sick remain home; and

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Governor Scott has also further reduced the allowable size of non-essential mass gatherings, which are now limited to no more than 10 people at the same time in a single space.

For details on these new measures, click here to read the full addendum.