COVID-19: Resources and Information

The Vermont Conference is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic locally, nationally and globally with great care and concern. There are far more questions than answers about COVID-19 and the Vermont Conference is doing all within its ability to be as responsive a resource to our local churches as possible.

This page will contain links and updates of the situation as they develop.

The Vermont Conference strongly urges compliance with the orders and guidelines issued by the state of Vermont and Governor Scott's office. 

Both the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic situation are rapidly evolving and the Conference believes it is in the best interests of public health and safety to not risk exposure to the virus within our congregations.

Deciding When to Reopen - Be Intentional

As of the end of April, the rate of new infection has slowed to less than ten per day. While this is good news, public health officials are using caution in guiding the reopening of Vermont in an effort to prevent a second wave of infections. The Vermont Conference supports this prudent approach and urges its member churches to do the same. Vermont still has a "Stay Home/Stay Safe" order in place as well as a prohibition on gatherings exceeding ten people.

As state officials decide when to incrementially reopen Vermont, our local churches can begin to make plans as well. Leaders across denominations have been meeting (virtually) to discuss best practices and benchmarks for opening houses of worship for services and outside groups who use their spaces. Below are proposals and other resources for consideration.

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Mental Health and COVID-19