Which gatherings are still OK after Vermont restricted multi-household hangouts?

Getting married? Go for it.

Looking to book a venue so you can dance the night away with extended family, neighbors and that one colleague who you chatted with at the water cooler when you still worked in the office?

Try again. 

Gov. Phil Scott issued an order Friday that prohibited multi-household gatherings due to increased COVID-19 activity in the state. This means your social circle now includes you, anyone you live with and (if you live alone) immediate family in another household. The language specifically declares: 

“Attendance at all public and private social, recreational and entertainment gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including large social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household.”

The state offered specifics for businesses for which gatherings are fair game. 

A crowd gathers for the tree lighting ceremony at the top of Church Street on Friday evening November 28, 2014 in Burlington.

COVID-19 in Vermont limits gatherings: What can you still do? 

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development outlines the latest rules for businesses that typically host gatherings, including: 

Restaurants

You can dine in eateries, but you need to sit one household to a table. So no rallying your work friends and neighbors to eat on Church Street. 

Weddings

Love is still in the air, but you’ll want to limit who catches it.

Businesses can’t host social get-togethers, like meetings, weddings and parties, that involve more than one household. 

Close-contact establishments (gyms, nail salons) 

You can still take group classes as long as you socially distance and don’t interact with other households.

Entertainment

You’re able to enjoy the rich cultural heritage around you, but you know the drill: Businesses can’t allow gatherings.

“A household may still patronize the business, but not for special events or events that encourage socializing between households,” the ACCD wrote. 

You can attend shows, but you’ll be seated and distanced by household. Also no dancing! 

A crowd mills around the base of the Christmas tree at the top of the Church Street Markeplace in Burlington minutes after the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 24, 2107..

Craft fairs

Venues are allowed to hold retail events (like ski swaps and craft fairs) under the newest order. 

Outdoor holiday events

No. But you knew that already. 

“Organized events meant to draw crowds or that would encourage interaction between households should not occur under Addendum 8,” the ACCD wrote on its website.

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