COVID-19 Rule

Select Board Resolution

Be it resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Bennington, Vermont, as follows:

COVID-19 RULE
Select Board Strongly Recommends Wearing Face Masks in Public Indoor Spaces

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that face masks be worn by all people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in public settings indoors in areas of “substantial” or ”high” rates of “community transmission” of the COVID-19 virus; and

WHEREAS, Bennington County is experiencing a high rate of community transmission and has been for more than a month; and

WHEREAS, all of Vermont is experiencing a high rate of community transmission and has been since October 29, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the Bennlngton Select Board recognizes that COVID-19 remains a public health hazard in and around Bennington and believes that wearing a face mask indoors is an important act which can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the many vulnerable people in our community; and

WHEREAS, in a special Legislative session called explicitly and solely for this purpose, the Vermont Legislature on November 22, 2021, passed a bill (“S. l”) that empowers Vermont municipalities to enact local rules requiring the wearing of face coverings in indoor public settings, and the Governor has signed that bill into law.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Select Board hereby issues the following COVID-19 Rule:

WEARING FACE MASKS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

STRONG RECOMMENDATION to wear Face Mask.
All establishments located in the Town of Bennington that invite the public into their premises for the purpose of receiving services, purchasing products, or otherwise transacting business, shall encourage both staff and customers ( or visitors) to wear face masks over their nose and mouth while inside the establishment.

Exceptions.
Face masks are not required on young children under age 2, and should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise-unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Posting of Requirement.
Each establishment is individually responsible to post signage at the entrance and at other appropriate locations stating that customers ( or visitors) are Strongly Encouraged to wear face masks by order of the Bennington Select Board. (A standard sign is provided by the Town and attached to this Resolution. (link below))

Effective Period.
This Rule shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until the Bennington Select Board amends, rescinds, or suspends this Rule by future action in a properly warned meeting or when an action taken by the State of Vermont nullifies this Rule or the Select Board’s anthority to continue this Rule, whichever occurs first, but not longer than 45 days following date of adoption. In the interim, the Select Board intends to review this matter at every regularly scheduled Select Board meeting on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

DOWNLOAD THE COVID-19 SIGNAGE – CLICK HERE