Unless you’re going to quiet Washington County NY, every out-of-state travel destination crosses or is located in quarantine zone
By Guy Page
October 29, 2020 – Well, you didn’t want to travel out-of-state this weekend, anyway, right?
Halloween weekend is turning into a scary time for people thinking about traveling out of state. According to the State of Vermont Covid-19 interstate travel map updated Tuesday, Except for Washington County, NY across the southwestern corner of Vermont, crossing Vermont’s Quebec, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York borders for “non-essential” travel will require a 14-day quarantine upon return.
Vermonters can enjoy visiting the childhood home of suffragette Susan B. Anthony in Battenville. Or they can go to Hampton to see Ascension Rock, where the followers of preacher William Miller gathered to await the Second Advent on October 22, 1844. Washington County is chock full of interesting local history. But it’s so close yet so far from the restaurants and shopping centers of Lake George, located in neighboring Warren County, which is “in the yellow” (400-799 cases per million) of Vermont’s travel map posted Tuesday. Walloomsac, actual site of the Battle of Bennington, is located in Rensselaer County.
In fact, unless you don’t drink too much coffee and can drive straight through to some central New York counties and much of rural Maine, the northeastern United States is pretty much off limits.
To be fair, the more populated areas of instate Vermont would require quarantine too, if they were located out-of-state. Chittenden and Washington County would both be “in the red” (800 cases or more per million). Windsor and Windham counties would be “in the yellow.”
So, how about a Staycation, Halloween-themed or not? Vermont.com has listings of open art galleries, music events, etc. Halloween events include a kids’ train ride at the University Mall: “The Big Blue Express will give rides through our enchanted haunted forest. We have installed safety panels in each car and we will be disinfecting the train every half hour. Throughout the event there will be hand sanitizers.”
Gov. Phil Scott has said the restrictions will almost certainly not end until vaccination is widespread. Not too far from the University Mall, the University of Vermont Medical Center is gearing up to help Astrozeneca run trials for its Covid-19 vaccine. Sooner or later, Vermont will wake up from this nightmare.
Photo: Screenshot of State of Vermont Covid-19 interstate, interactive travel map.