A Sign Of The Times - New COVID-19 Warning Signs Erected At State Border Crossings

As the news continues to report an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide, here in the state of Vermont warnings have gone out concerning the need for a mandatory quarantine for those visiting from surrounding states. To that end, the state has begun to erect new signs at border crossings that inform visitors that quarantine is necessary and where to find more information about the guidelines to follow.

As the snow falls, a new COVID-19 warning sign sits at the VT/NH border just east of Norwich, VT. - Credit: Tim Meyer

So far, five of these new signs have been put up at Vermont border crossings with the states of New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. According to a social media post from the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), these first signs were to be set up by midnight tonight, 11/17, with more installations to follow over the next week.

The concern from the snow sports community is centered around what will become of the upcoming skiing and snowboarding season. Though mountains are set to open in the coming weeks, will they be able to stay open for the entire winter? Or, will these quarantine guidelines for travelers be expanded to full lockdown-like orders for the locals, as well?

There has also been some concern coming from Vermont skiing and riding fans that do not live here in the Green Mountain State. Many have gone as far as to throw hate towards Vermont via social media, but will they end up having to adhere to strict guidelines similar to the state of Vermont? As of now, that's not clear. But, these new signs could literally become a sign of the times as states could move in a direction similar to that at the beginning of 2020.

In any case, for those coming to Vermont as part of a leisure travel routine, there are guidelines that are to be followed. Please, before heading to Vermont, refer to the website healthvermont.gov for all current guidelines and COVID-19 measures and precautions. 


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