Some good news for those itching to ski in Vermont this season, yet are unable to undergo the proper quarantine the state is requesting for visitation.
Beginning this week, travelers who have been fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 — meaning they have received both shots — may visit Vermont, two weeks later, without quarantine.
“I want to be very clear: We’re going to do this carefully and methodically like we have throughout the pandemic, and I’m asking for your patience as we work our way through this process,” Gov. Phil Scott told reporters.
That news could certainly provide a boost for Vermont’s summer tourism, by which point many more will, presumably, have gotten the COVID-19 vaccination. But what it means for skiing is a little more hazy based on the vaccine’s distribution.
In Massachusetts, for instance, residents between the ages of 65 and 74 and those with two or more medical conditions that put them at an increased risk were allowed to book vaccine appointments last week. The entire process has come under fire in recent days, particularly after Gov. Charlie Baker announced his administration was cutting off limited vaccine supplies to most local boards of health as part of its pivot to prioritizing mass vaccination sites.
Meanwhile, it stands to ask; will Massachusetts skiers and riders under the age of 55 be able to receive both vaccination shots and wait the two-week period in time to enjoy whatever spring skiing remains in the Green Mountains?
That all depends on other states getting the vaccine out more effectively.
In any case, it’s a bit of relief for skiers and riders who have chosen to follow the state’s protocols and respected the travel restrictions, thus missing out on Vermont for the bulk of the season.
According to Vermont Public Radio, Gov. Scott said additional changes regarding travel will be announced this week.