Dear friends of The Stone Trust,
We want to update you about travel to Vermont and to apprise you of changes in our July workshop formats necessary to create conditions for health safety. Please understand that we are working with the most recent information available to us. As you know, changes happen almost daily. We will keep you informed, be available to answer your questions, and understand if you decide to change your plans.
First, travel information. As of June 5, Vermont has opened its borders for leisure travel for people within New England and New York who are traveling from counties with fewer than 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per million residents. Please check the map to see if you qualify to come to Vermont without the need to quarantine. The state will update the map every Monday by 5 p.m. We’ll keep you posted.
It is also important to note that the guidelines presume that people are traveling in their personal vehicles in trusted family groups, meaning that everyone is:
- wearing masks in public spaces
- social distancing
- washing hands frequently
- avoiding touching their faces
- monitoring for symptoms
Please do not plan to attend a Stone Trust workshop if you live outside of a “safe county,” unless you are willing and able to quarantine.
For the foreseeable future, the state of Vermont does not consider it safe for people who are traveling by plane, bus, or rail to enter the state without quarantining.
EFFECTIVE 6/15: Travelers may complete either: (i) a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions if they drive directly from their home via their personal vehicle.
We will confirm the eligibility to attend of each person registered one week before the workshop date and arrange refunds for anyone who is not able to attend because of geography or mode of travel.
Finally, visitors to Vermont must register with Sara Alert to receive reminders about checking for common symptoms of COVID-19. People are expected to observe local guidelines in the places they visit.
In order to create safe teaching and learning conditions, we plan to alter the format and or schedule of our July workshops as necessary.
Participants may pair with a trusted partner to build the standard 25 square foot stint of double-face wall, working on opposite sides of the wall. Participants coming individually will build both sides of a lower double-face wall, in order to maintain appropriate physical distance. In either case, you will learn and practice the 5 Basics Rules of Dry Stone Walling and experience placing throughstones and copes.
Stone Shaping, 7/18
Social distancing modifications as indicated.
Retaining Walls, 7/18 and 7/17, 7/19, or 7/20
Subdivide 16 participants into 2 groups of 8 each. Schedule 2 workshops in place of one, to run on concurrent days. Reduce height of build (low wall)
No significant changes for participants. Physical distance will be built into site plan.
Steps and Stairs, 7/19 and 7/20
Possible modifications include providing separate sets of smaller steps for each participant, taking turns at working while others watch, demonstrating with planks and rollers how to move large stones into place, establishing two workstations, one for smaller single slabs and one for pieced-together steps.
Our instructors intend to teach you what you are coming to learn. We endeavor to provide the best possible learning experience in unusual circumstances. Thank you for expressing with your registration confidence in the value of the training The Stone Trust offers. We will do our best to exceed your expectations!
Finally, should travel restrictions make it impossible for enough people to attend our July workshops, we will notify you by July 1 and refund your tuition payment.
Please be in touch with comments and questions.
Hoping to see you in July!