Here at Billings Farm & Museum it is our priority to make sure the well-being of our guests and our staff is safeguarded. For the continued safety of our staff and guests, it is our current policy that all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces.
Billings Farm & Museum follows guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Forward Plan to determine our protocols. Under the State of Vermont guidance, any business, organization, or operator is free to take additional safety precautions for the health and safety of its employees and consumers.
UPDATED SAFETY POLICY (Effective 9/20/2021)
In accordance with the Governor’s lifting of the Emergency Order for the State of Vermont effective June 15, 2021, together with continued guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA), the Billings Farm & Museum is also updating its current guidance for employees, volunteers, and guests.
According to the CDC updated guidance, fully vaccinated individuals may conduct day-to-day activities without wearing a mask. The CDC defines an individual as “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving a second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
For indoor spaces: All staff, volunteers, and guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Capacity limits have been set in certain indoor spaces as follows: Gift Shop is limited to 9 guests; Visitor Center Lobby is limited to 31 guests, and the 1890 Farm Manager’s House is limited to seven guests.
For outdoor spaces:
Where the 6′ distance requirement cannot be maintained: staff and guests must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Where the 6′ distance requirement can be maintained: mask wearing is optional for fully-vaccinated persons.
It remains the policy of the Billings Farm & Museum that employees, volunteers, and guests who have not been fully vaccinated must continue to follow established masking and physical distancing procedures and policies.
Any guest, employee, or volunteer not wearing a mask is attesting to the Billings Farm & Museum that they meet the definition of “fully vaccinated.”
Billings Farm & Museum will continue to require adherence to those hygiene practices adopted and enforced in response to the pandemic as outlined below in our Core Safety Pillars.
Core Safety Pillars
Billings Farm & Museum has adopted Six Core Safety Pillars to guide our decisions and to inform how we operate safely across the BF&M site. These Pillars apply to both staff and guests:
Stay home when ill
Staff and guests attest that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms as listed by the CDC.
Practice physical distancing (6’ minimum)
All guests and staff must wear a mask when unable to maintain 6’ of physical distance, regardless of vaccination status.
Wear face coverings (as of 9/20/2021)
For the continued safety of our staff and guests, all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. Mask wearing in outdoor spaces is required for all staff and guests when around people and unable to maintain 6’ physical distances, regardless of vaccination status. This includes during programs and presentations or in any interactions with staff when 6’ of distance cannot be maintained. No entry is permitted without a face covering. Staff may request that you wear a mask in accordance with this policy.
Minimize contact with touchable surfaces
Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized at regular intervals throughout the day.
Wash and sanitize hands frequently
Sanitization stations are easily accessible in each open area of BF&M.
Manage occupancy, flow, and gathering in spaces
BF&M will align maximum occupancy and flow in each of its spaces with all Vermont public health guidelines.
Where Do I Need to Wear a Mask at Billings Farm & Museum?
Visitor Center Theater
Upon This Land Exhibit
The 1890’s Farm Manager’s House
Barns and Outdoors where 6′ distance cannot be maintained
During Outdoor Timed Programs