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We, the producers of the VTBF, believe based on the science, if we have the resources along with the cooperation of everyone involved, there is a safe way to gather and celebrate during these turbulent times.  These policies have been updated based on or beliefs in science and the scientific community, advisement of the CDC, and in combination of what our venues are asking of us and what we feel are appropriate practices with regards to the rising surges of COVID-19 cases, current community hospitals capacities, and/or improvements in our overall community's health.  We deeply care about the safety of those we work with, entertain for, and the families and communities they will ultimately return to.  As the situation changes, our policies may also change.  If that happens we will do our best to provide adequate time for our staff and guests to adjust.  If we are unable to provide adequate time for our staff and guests to adjust, we may choose to post-pone the VTBF allowing for adequate time for adjustment. We may also choose or be forced to cancel the event in the case of a serious situation. If a venue has a more "strict" policy than our own, then that venue's policy will apply. Our goal is to provide safe, successful, and high quality entertainment.  If you are able and willing to accept and abide by these policies and practices to help ensure we achieve our goals, we welcome and invite you to celebrate with us.  

Let's continue to be kind to one another and work together to keep in person entertainment alive while staying healthy and eventually beating this shitty virus!


-VTBF Producers

VTBF Ticket Holders  --

These policies may be relaxed at the time of the show but we encourage our audience to prepare for these general rules for attending the Vermont Burlesque Festival... you may be asked for proof of being fully vaccinated & boosted OR proof that you've had a negative PCR Covid-19 test professionally done withing the previous 72hrs prior to entering a festival event.  Venue or festival staff will be checking IDs, may be also checking vaccination cards, and test results at the door to all events.  Masks may be required at all indoor venues and events unless you are performing on stage (see the performer & staff policy below for more details regarding this).  We know this will be difficult but please keep 6' socially distant when ever possible.  Wash and sanitize your hands often.  Sanitizer will be provided at all venues.

When enjoying food or drink at any of our venues while a mask policy is in place, please treat the venue as if you're on an airplane... remove your mask to sip your beverage or eat your food, then replace your mask upon completion of your sip or bite.

If you are feeling ill in any way please refrain from participating in any festival activities, isolate yourself, and seek medical evaluation and/or attention.

VTBF Performers, Staff, & Volunteers --

We ask that all performers, staff, & volunteers, do their best to limit themselves to as little public exposure as possible and/or to practice the best COVID-19 hygine protocols - up to one week before arriving at VTBF.  

All performers, staff, & volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted.  Masks may be required at all official VTBF indoor venues and events unless you are speaking, singing, or playing a wind instrument on stage. Masks may be briefly removed while inside an official VTBF venue or event if you are sipping a drink or eating some food. - "Airplane rules" apply.


The festival has a limited supply of COVID tests.  They might be used as follows... If you are a singer, speaker, or wind instrument player, you will be require to take a COVID-19 test (provided by the festival).  If any staff member or performer is experiencing or showing any symptoms you will be required to take a test (provided by the festival). 


If a mask mandate is in place, performers who would like to perform on stage without a mask may do so only if they take a COVID-19 test day of their performance, prior to the performance.  (the festival will not provide a test in this instance, you must provide your own test).   


With regards to any on-site/day of testing:  A member of the festival's staff must be witness to the test being taken and to its results.  If any staff member or performers tests positive for COIVID-19, you will be asked immediately to quarantine in your hotel room.  Those who show a negative result may continue with business as usual. 

If you are feeling ill in any way please refrain from participating in any festival activities, isolate yourself, alert a VTBF staff member, and seek medical evaluation and/or attention.

Performers can expect to be updated on latest policies upon on-site check-in.



  For your convenience venue policies and links to said policies will be posted on each event page as well as at the bottom of this page.

COVID-19 Policies & Practices

Updated April 2, 2022

Covid-19 and Covid-19 policies are ever changing; sometimes they get more strict, sometimes they get more relaxed, and every venue/community is different.  VTBF follows the rules of our venues and the municipalities in which we hold our events in.  If you want to participate in person with The Vermont Burlesque Festival in any way, please prepare for "any kind of weather."  ...Meaning, show up prepared for strict Covid-19 practices and if those practices are relaxed, you will have been at least prepared.  For up to date polices and practices, please refer to each venues individual policies below.