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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Update - City of Winooski


For daily updates, current information, and health/safety resources  regarding COVID-19, please continue to follow the Vermont Department of Health:

Latest Winooski Update - Monday, 3.30.20

Governor Phil Scott Issues Order on Travel and Lodging Restrictions to Ensure Compliance With “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order and New CDC Guidance

Governor Phil Scott today ordered additional restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and announced additional guidance for the lodging industry to enhance compliance with his Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Click here to read the full press release:

Mayor and City Manager’s Facebook Live Update

Miss our Mayor and City Manager Facebook Live update? Click here to view our archived recording via CH 17: Have follow-up questions about this update? Email

Recreation and Parks Remote Resources

Under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, an essential reason for Vermonters to leave home is exercise. However, we have to be smart about getting outside in this public health emergency. View our Recreation and Parks remote resources page:

Message from Sean McMannon, Winooski School District Superintendent (3.27.20)

Read the full update here:

Downtown Winooski - New Business Information Portal and More

Vermont Health Connect Special Enrollment Information

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Vermont will be temporarily waiving financial verifications required for those seeking to enroll in health insurance; Extending out coverage periods until after the emergency ends; Suspending certain terminations of health insurance; Offering a Special Enrollment Period (1 month) for those who do not currently have health insurance to enroll in a qualified health plan and receive premium and cost-sharing assistance, if eligible. Eligible Vermonters can continue to apply for, and enroll in, Medicaid at any time. To learn more, visit  

Health Department Launches VTHelplink Referral Resource

The Vermont Department of Health has launched VTHelplink, a new, single-source clearinghouse for Vermonters to receive free, confidential and personalized information and referrals to substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout the state. “The global pandemic has not erased the continued urgent need for substance use-related services for Vermonters,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. Visit VTHelplink for more information:

UVM Health Network Multilingual Resources

The UVM Health Network has many multilingual COVID-19 resources on their new dedicated page:

Previous Updates

City of Winooski – Current Status

Municipal buildings are closed to the public. Essential services are maintained with minimal staffing.

  • Effective Wednesday, 3.18.20 through (at least) 4.5.20 all City buildings are closed to the public and minimal staffing is in place.
  • Police, Fire, and Public Works services remain fully operational but at minimal staffing levels. 
  • Service at the City Clerk’s Office is by appointment only. Please call 802 655 6410 to schedule an appointment for time-sensitive, non-electronic needs. All requests will be responded to within one business day. Time with property records will be limited to two people at a time. All requests that can be done on-line or electronically will be accommodated in that fashion.  We encourage residents to make use of our on-line systems. If you need to make a tax or utility payment, pay a fee or fine, or register for a program, please use our online services.
  • Staff who are able are working remotely. All other non-essential staff are not reporting to work. 

Service Changes

In addition to all City buildings being closed, we have made some modifications to current services.

  • Policy Commissions – Charter, Housing, Finance, Municipal Infrastructure, and Safe Healthy Connected People commission meetings will be canceled until April 15th.
  • City Council Meetings – meetings will be held on schedule; however, a teleconferencing option will be made available to the Council, Staff, and community who would prefer to participate from home.
  • Code Enforcement Residential and Commercial Inspections – We are suspending all non-essential inspections for the foreseeable future. Housing complaints will continue to be processed.
  • Dog Licenses – The deadline for dog license renewals is extended from April 1 to May 1, 2020.  As a reminder, you can request this license online if you have a current rabies certificate for your pet and we will mail the license to you. 
  • Utility Disconnections – All disconnections due to utility non-payments are canceled for the quarter. 
  • Winooski Memorial Library – At this time the Library is closed to the public. We are providing curbside or home delivery services. To request items, please call 802 655 6424 or email the Library:
  • Zoning Permit Application Submission – To the extent possible, applications for zoning permits including any supporting documents should be sent via email to The required application fee will be calculated after the application is received to ensure accurate payment information is identified. The applicant will be notified of the fee and payment options once the application is reviewed. If applications cannot be sent via email, they can be dropped off using the drop box at City Hall. Please put the application in an envelope with the words “Zoning Permit Application” on the outside. Properties will continue to be posted for the required 15-day appeal period by the City and zoning permits will be sent to the applicant once it is issued. Questions about applications or submission requirements can be directed to Eric Vorwald, at
  • Building Permit Application Submission – To the extent possible, applications for building permits, including any supporting documents should be sent via email to If applications cannot be sent via email, they can be dropped off using the drop box at City Hall. Please put the application in an envelope with the words “Building Permit Application” on the outside. The application will be reviewed to ensure complete information is provided. The applicant will be contacted if additional information is needed or to indicate the status of the permit. Once a building permit is approved, the applicant will be contacted to indicate start of construction. The permit card will be sent to the property owner for posting at the property. Questions related to the application or submission requirements can be directed to Captain Liam Keating at
  • Downtown Winooski / Parking and Business Operations – In an effort to support takeout/pickup and short visits to downtown businesses, the City of Winooski has suspended parking enforcement and ticketing at all downtown on-street parking spots. These courtesy spaces are available effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. The parking garage will operate and be enforced as normal. Local businesses are encouraged to share your closures/takeout/virtual class information with Downtown Winooski.
  • Winooski Food Shelf – The Winooski Food Shelf is adhering to the set of standards as outlined by the Vermont Food Bank. Clients must remain outside when receiving items as coordinated by volunteers. Drop off locations for donations are at the Winooski Food Shelf (24 West Allen St.) by phone appointment only: 802 655 9629 and at JJ’s Corner Market (76B W Allen St, Winooski, VT 05404).
  • Volunteering - Many community members have inquired about volunteering during this difficult time and are interested in helping their neighbors. For the time being, the City of Winooski has postponed all current volunteer opportunities and activities to focus our attention on COVID-19 related requests. If you’re interested in providing a volunteer service related to COVID-19, visit or

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