How COVID-19 may upend Vermonters’ summer plans


Memorial Day weekend is typically a time to get outdoors with friends and family, but the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to upend Vermonters’ plans for the unofficial start to summer and beyond.

Colchester Parks and Recreation Director Glenn Cuttitta said the long-awaited reopening of Colchester Causeway has been canceled. The causeway trail has been under construction since September to fix widespread damage caused by a major storm two years ago.

“With the COVID-19  pandemic that happened and then shut down businesses which also led to the shutdown of our contractors work and currently we are working with them now to get them reorganized and back on the job site,” said Cuttitta.

On Monday morning, the Shelburne Museum, which hosts a popular summer concert series, announced it will close for the season for the first time in its 73-year-history.

“We’ve been through wars, we’ve been through pandemics, crisis, economic crisis before,” said Museum Director Tom Denenberg. “But this is different.”

Denenberg said they are taking the museum to the internet, with a lot of virtual events throughout the summer.

“‘So, we have a series of virtual exhibitions — one which opened two weeks ago, another one opens this Thursday, and we are going to keep that effort up all through the summer,” said Denenberg.

Many municipalities in Vermont and New York are also in the process of figuring out whether to go forward with Fourth of July celebrations. Burlington Parks and Recreation has not yet confirm whether they will hold the annual July 3 fireworks celebration at Waterfront Park.

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