COVID-19 Coronavirus and Impact on Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Facilities and Senior Centers

Updated 4/8/2021 10 a.m.

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Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the State of Vermont placed prohibitions and restrictions on visiting nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living residences. This is because older people are more likely to get seriously ill from the virus.

On March 19, 2021, the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) put out updated guidance. DAIL summarized the changes as follows:

  • completion (mostly) of Vermont’s vaccination program for long-term care
  • changes made to the Phase Charts
  • new criteria for when long-term care facilities can limit indoor visitation
  • new guidance for indoor visitation during an outbreak
  • new guidance for allowing physical touch; and
  • new allowable quarantine modifications


  • The guidance document now has a table of contents.
  • The most current revisions to the guidance are IN RED (text in RED reflects revisions/changes made due to CMS’ new guidance issued on March 10, 2021).
  • Text IN PURPLE reflects changes in Vermont’s guidance to LTCs from February 26, 2021.
  • Text IN BLACK reflects initial guidance from Vermont to long-term care facilities.
  • The effective date of the revised guidance is March 19, 2021.

Follow this link to see the current guidance document on the DAIL website.

Below we provide a summary of guidance and restrictions. 

More information: The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) website and Vermont Health Department (VHD) website.

Updated: Apr 08, 2021