After a nearly five-month hiatus, recreational activities for adults and teenagers across Vermont are allowed to resume.
The Agency for Commerce and Community Development updated its guidelines on Friday so that recreational sports can be resumed. Back in November, the state stopped adult recovery as COVID-19 cases increased across the country.
From now on, both indoor and outdoor recreation can take part in individual exercises, strength and conditioning training, as well as exercises with occasional contact. Low and medium risk sports can also schedule games and competitions.
Both high-risk indoor (wrestling, martial arts) and outdoor (soccer and rugby) sports are allowed to start the competition on April 23rd.
For the Southern Vermont Storm – a semi-professional soccer team that Willow Park calls their home – the instruction allows them to play once on their home field, Storm Stadium.
Chris Cipperley, general manager of Storm, called the news “a sense of relief”.
The Storm had to move their home games to Keene, New Hampshire for the 2020 season, as Vermont banned the fight against football at the time.
Cipperley said he still has contingency plans, including re-using the field in Keene, New Hampshire should the lead change, but the Storm is now scheduled to play its home games in Bennington.
“We hope things keep getting better over time. As long as they keep improving, we can play our home games here in Bennington,” said Cipperley. “This is going to be a big deal for us because it’s been a long time.”
The Storm hasn’t played in Bennington since October 2019.
A maximum of 150 fans are allowed to participate in outdoor events.
The instructions follow a similar structure as the winter season in university sports, in which a maximum of two games per week were permitted.
Recreational organizations for adults and young people can play a maximum of three games / competitions per week.
Tournament play can resume on June 18th. Teams outside of the state must follow state guidelines for travel-related quarantine.
Vermont residents who are on a team, club, or organization in an adjacent state can take their team in practice sessions.