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

Essex July 4, 2021 Fireworks


July 4

The Essex Junction Fourth of July Celebration is coming back and will be bigger and better than ever! Join us on Sunday, July 4th for this FREE Independence Day celebration including food, live music, fun, and games beginning at 6pm on the Midway Lawn at the Champlain Valley Exposition. We'll be launching our biggest fireworks display ever beginning at 9:30pm with the help of Northstar Fireworks. Visit the Essex Rec  pages for the latest updates.

Taste of the Fair returns to Champlain Valley Exposition


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

National Night Out


Watch for details and mark your calendars for the first Tuesday in August as the Essex Police Department plans this special community event. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. 

Champlain Valley Fair 2021


The 2021 Champlain Valley Fair will be held August 27 - September 5, 2021. For full details and updates on the fair, please visit the Champlain Valley Fair website.

Out & About in Essex

The event made popular last year will be back October 2 & 3, 2021.  Watch for updates on our website!

More than 82,000 vaccine doses were administered at the pop up clinic at the Champlain Valley Expo

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.


  1. Business Supports
  2. Employment/Health Benefits
  3. Child / Family / Seniors
  4. Housing
  5. Volunteering & Donating


June 2021

Evan visits with Congressman Peter Welch as he tours The Essex Experience, which is a community hub for arts, events, wellness, and culinary craft and education. Evan dashed to his car to grab an extra Essex mask to hand Congressman Welch prior to snapping the photo.  Quick thinking, Evan!

The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation is a key partner in Vermont's overall economic development. Serving Essex, they assist in sustaining a positive business climate in areas such as labor and housing markets, business financing, education, export assistance, growth planning and development issues, and environmental concerns.


As part of the Vermont Forward plan, universal guidance will transition businesses from sector-specific mitigation measures to more broad mitigation measures across most sectors.
Transition to Universal Guidance
Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants
COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Businesses

Complete this Vaccine Clinic Request form with the State of Vermont.

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who have suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19. Visit the USDA website for more information.

Tax Season Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Emergency
The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to carefully monitor the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Department is working closely with the office of Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont legislature, following changes at the federal level, and adhering to guidance from the Vermont Department Health. Please see the Department’s information on relief for Vermont taxpayers at You should check this link periodically as the guidance may change. You may also follow the Vermont Department of Taxes on Facebook and Twitter.

VOSHA has put together an online training to assist employers in protecting the safety and health of workers during the pandemic. Please visit their website page to take the training and pass on to your employees.


Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Vermont Department of Health Food and Lodging Program released a helpful guide: COVID-19 Guidance Fact Sheet
Call: (802) 863-7221
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
State of Vermont Critical Business List (PDF)
COVID Response & Recovery Support for Working Lands Businesses
Think VT If you are looking to start, grow, or expand your business, you will find everything you need in Vermont.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Overview Webinar from ACCD
Mercy Connections Women's Small Business Program
Generator VT is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator providing tools, expertise, education and opportunity.
Small Business Administration COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

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