The Vermont Beekeepers Association is watching the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates on this page.
At this time, all North & South Yard Beekeeping Workshops have been cancelled until further notice.
If you are ill and are unable to care for your colonies for any reason, you should reach out via the VBA web page forum (login required) to seek help in caring for them. The State bee inspector, Brooke Decker, encourages beekeepers to seek assistance and to be certain that colonies are cared for even if the owner become incapacitated.
Finally, Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued an Addendum to Executive Order 01-20 in response to COVID-19 directing Vermonters to stay home:
"To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, Vermonters are directed to stay at home or in their place of residence, leaving only for essential reasons." The complete order may be read here.
Section 6 of the order includes an agricultural exemption allowing beekeepers to tend to their apiaries.
State Coronavirus information may be viewed here or you may visit the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website.
The VBA website calendar will reflect updated events information as we receive it. Local clubs are asked to update their calendar listings as-needed.