COVID-19 Community

Life After COVID

Your Community Reopening

Reopening will require a great effort by the community, businesses and organizations.  It's about more than just following guidelines. Reopening safely requires that all stakeholders are brought to the table to form plans for the immediate and the long-term future. 

This could mean temporary or permanent policy changes, adjustments to work practices and schedules, and training for employees who provide services and entertainment. It can also mean that offices, businesses, and organizations will have to concentrate on setting up safety controls, altering shared spaces, and taking proactive steps to maintain disinfection in a public setting.

Assessment, prevention, and control planning will be a continuous process as the main goal is to keep people safe.

Events and Happenings

Green Up Day - May 1, 2021


With the COVID-19 Social Distancing and Personal Protection Guidelines still in effect, changes have been made to the Green-Up Day procedures for this year. It is important that everyone participating in Green-Up Day protect both themselves and municipal workers supporting the effort by strictly adhering to the Governor's COVID-19 guidelines. To sign up and learn more, visit the Green Up Day event page.

Memorial Day Parade 2021 CANCELED


The Essex Memorial Day Parade community group has officially canceled the Essex Memorial Day parade for 2021, stating that Vermont guidance prohibits the gathering. For further details, visit

A local business is hosting a parade and food drive that is not sanctioned by the Town or the Village. You can learn more about this event on Facebook: 2nd Annual MARK BBQ Memorial Day Parade and Food Drive.

Essex July 4, 2021 Fireworks


The Essex Recreation Department continues to discuss and remain connected with the latest guidelines to determine if an event can be planned safely for 2021.  Visit the Essex Rec  pages for the latest updates.

Taste of the Fair returns to Champlain Valley Exposition


The Taste of the Fair returns Firday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27. Tickets go on sale April 30th.  For more information, visit the Champlain Valley Fair website.

Champlain Valley Fair 2021


Anticipated dates for the 2021 Champlain Valley Fair are August 27 - September 5, 2021. For full details and updates on the fair, please visit the Champlain Valley Fair website.

Town and Village dedicate the 2020 Annual Reports

As we close out 2020 and enter the new year, the world continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus. Communities across the nation struggle from the separation of families, the impact to businesses, and the hardships of loss. For Essex, the connections continue to hold strong through shared grief and struggles. The demand has been great. The loss has been difficult.

The Town Selectboard and the Village Trustees wish to honor the people of Essex who have stepped up in their roles as frontline workers, heeded the call to sew masks, and donated food and emergency supplies to their neighbors.  We recognize those who have set up fundraisers and support systems for those in need.  We honor the teachers and childcare providers for taking on initiatives to maintain access to child care and education.  We applaud local businesses for thinking outside of the box to keep their staff employed.  We empathize with those who have had to change their path and move in a different direction.  We recognize the swiftness with which those who work in food and agriculture, the military, delivery, manufacturing, and local, state and national government have revamped policies, and increased their services.  We admire each and every person who has taken the time to buy groceries for a neighbor, helped with technology for those who can't leave home, and for those who simply do what they can to lift the spirits of others.  

We remember those who have lost the fight against COVID-19. We celebrate with those who have survived.  

For all who are feeling the fatigue of staying home and staying distant, we thank you for your patience and your willingness to continue making that sacrifice for others. 

Thank you for being kind neighbors, for working extra hard, and for respecting others. This is much more than a dedication. It is a heartfelt note of thanks to the entire Essex community for being who you are and doing what you do.

Planning your summer gatherings

With warmer weather, you may be planning to host summer gatherings or cook-outs with people not in your household. Be sure to protect you and your family. Visit the CDC website for the latest tips and guidance.

Visit the CDC website for tips on gatherings
CVE: Here When You Need Us Most (November 18, 2020)

The Champlain Valley Exposition, often referred to as “the fairgrounds” is an agricultural non-profit 501c3. It proves year over year to not only be a host of dozens of events and gatherings, but it’s a huge economic driver for the region. Every year, CVE hosts dozens of events that touch every fabric of Vermont’s culture. Ranging from the Vermont Farm Show, Circus Smirkus, the National Street Rod Association, Girls on the Run, and the iconic Champlain Valley Fair. But in 2020, CVE's role in the community changed. Instead of rides, concerts, food, and excitement at the Fair, CVE hosted the UVM Medical Center as a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site and remains a "Surge Site," a hospital, for the Vermont National Guard and the State of Vermont. No one can say for certain what the near future will look like, or even how CVE will be operating in 2021. When large gatherings can occur again, look to the Champlain Valley Exposition as the epicenter of entertainment, culture, agriculture, and economic activity. Make no mistake. The Champlain Valley Exposition  must survive and be a pillar for the region and the State of Vermont.

Mask Mandate Effective August 1st, 2020 

(As reported on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce website): In a move foreshadowed by the Governor during his Tuesday press conference, today the Governor announced he signed an order that masks be worn in public places where physical distancing isn’t possible starting August 1st.  Masks will be required of anyone over the age of 2, unless the person has a physical or developmental disability that would be complicated by the wearing of one. Currently, there is no penalty structure in place for refusal to wear face coverings, however, businesses can now easily refuse service to customers who don’t comply.  The state will continue to focus efforts on education. 

While the Governor has been hesitant to create a mask mandate, his administration has said that such a mandate is a tool in the toolbox to combat the spread of COVID-19.  In looking at regional trends, the Governor is worried about a resurgence of the virus and spill-over from neighboring states. 

From the Unified Manager

Town Meeting TV interviews Evan Teich, Unified Manager of Essex and Essex Junction offers his condolences on recent deaths, and describes the municipal response, public safety preparedness, regional collaboration, closing of parks equipment, pending use of the Expo as a field hospital, and his faith in the community to work together during this period. 


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  4. Volunteering & Donating
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Vermont Department of Labor - Unemployment Benefits, workforce development
Department of Vermont Health Access - Medicaid Benefit Information
Vermont Health Connect - Health Insurance
Vermont’s COVID-19 Presumption law The State of Vermont has enacted legislation that allows workers’ compensation benefits – under certain circumstances – for any employee infected by COVID-19.



The Vermont Department of Labor issued fraud alerts that stress heightened awareness with online and social media interactions as well as potential unemployment insurance fraud. Visit the Vermont Department of Labor website for further information and to learn what to do if you believe you are a victim of UI fraud.

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