To date, August 2020, the state park and many businesses in Island Pond have reopened. Outside dining and limited inside dining is now allowed for restaurants and cafes.
The remaining covid-19 restrictions affect churches, schools, and museums. Social distancing rules still mean not having too many people together in the same space. Schools may reopen this September.
Sensibly, the Island Pond Historical Society museum on Cross Street will remain closed for the remainder of this year for the safety of visitors and volunteer staff.
Beverly May, president of the Morgan Historical Society also recently announced that their museum will remain closed.
Larger museums such as the Shelburne in Burlington have set the lead. They announced their museum will remain closed Summer/Fall 2020. When it is safe to do so, the Shelburne will re-open. Whether that will be late this year or early next year isn't yet known.
In Island Pond, many businesses have reopened. These include Brighton Garage, the Essex House, Hoboes, Gerardos, Jesse's, and all the stores and the post office and banks, and a new restaurant - the Kingdom Grille, had a Grand Opening on July 9.
The churches remain closed.
Re-opening the IPHS Museum depends on advice from the CDC and the State of Vermont. In the meantime, enjoy our virtual tour and see all the photos on this site. Better still, become a life member for just $24.99 and receive two newsletters a year. Contact po box 408, Island Pond, VT 05846.
The 2020 IPHS annual meeting due to take place 2 August is cancelled for this year.
Please check back regularly for updates which will be posted here, and displayed on the door of the museum.
Best wishes to you all for a safe and peaceful summer.